Presentation on theme: "#GAAyout h Report by Youth Ambassadors to GAA Congress 2015."— Presentation transcript:
#GAAyout h Report by Youth Ambassadors to GAA Congress 2015
What is #GAAyouth? #GAAyouth #GAAyouth is a Programme for Youth Consultation within the GAA Objectives of #GAAyouth are: to seek the views of children and young people within the GAA on the issues that matter to them; to explore existing mechanisms for children and young people to voice their opinions; to make recommendations on how suitable mechanisms can be developed going forward. Youth Ambassadors Cathal Pádraig Michael Lauren
Partnership with the DCYA #GAAyouth Anne O’Donnell, Head of the Citizen Participation Unit Department of Children & Youth Affairs Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: National Strategy on a Framework for Children & Young People 2014-2020
Having our voices heard GAA Youth Consultation Day – June 2014 Identifying the challenges and opportunities we experience in having our voices heard in the GAA #GAAyouth
Having our voices heard #GAAyouth So what does “having our voices heard” mean to young people in the GAA? Listening Respect Feeling involved
Having our voices heard #GAAyouth What helps young people to “have our voices heard”?
Having our voices heard #GAAyouth What stops young people from “having our voices heard”? Being excluded from planning Being “caught in the middle” Being treated differently from others
Having our voices heard #GAAyouth On what issues do young people in the GAA want to “have our voices heard”? Coaching Committees Dual Players Fixtures & Training Schedules Fundraising Gender Equality Health, Nutrition, Injury & Burnout Referee Support & Development Youth Development
Having our voices heard 9 themes identified and 1 theme per table; Youth Ambassadors chose a theme to discuss; Placemats – Club/County/National level; Voting at each table #GAAyouth
Having our voices heard Examples of recommendations put forward by each table:
Having our voices heard #GAAyouth Voting Based upon the list of recommendations from each table there was a general vote Voted for top recommendation at Club, County and National Level Club: All women and men’s Championship Finals should be played in the main county ground County: To have a youth representative at county board level National: That everyone is under the same umbrella with equal representation of ladies and other sports (Handball/Rounders) on the national committee
#GAAyouth Workshop #GAAyouth Croke Park – 29 th November 2014 30 Youth Ambassadors attended Presentations from Young People followed by a Q&A Group Break-out sessions – strategies to improve having youth voices heard at club level
#GAAyouth Workshop - Purpose #GAAyouth The main purpose of the day was to get more detailed feedback and discussion on the topics raised at the initial Consultation Day; Presentations on youth structures already in place in clubs- more insight into how these are run; Problems/Areas for improvement identified from the consultation day were discussed in greater detail in smaller groups; 7 main topics of importance to GAA youth were identified.
Models of Youth Consultation #GAAyouth Newport GAA, Tipperary Ballyboden St. Enda’s, Dublin Comhairle na nÓg
Newport GAA #GAAyouth Youth forum held by the club – 45 attended (both male and female) Instigated by adult members but facilitated by youth members of the club Has taken place for last 2 years Contributed to the overall Club Strategic 5 Year Plan
Breakout Sessions #GAAyouth 7 main topics of discussion: Formal representation - Club Committee, County, Congress Rules- more interaction outside of games with referees to properly teach rules, understand them better, comparison to rugby, “Give Respect, Get Respect” Initiative Planning & Scheduling- opinions gathered at youth forum at beginning of the year (equipment, funds) / Scheduling – club weekly planner and regulation
Breakout Sessions #GAAyouth 7 main topics of discussion: Player Welfare & Development - views of youth about own development needs, dietary and S&C information provided Gender Equality- future one umbrella association, many are not aware, equal opportunities for same effort Communication- between school and clubs- PLAYER BURNOUT Welfare
Next steps #GAAyouth Report made to GAA Management and they approved recommendations from the Youth Consultation Day; Next steps – hope to continue to grow #GAAyouth; Next year a group of the Youth Ambassadors will be central to the organisation of a Youth Forum for young GAA members from all over the Country.