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Due to the ever-increasing availability and accessibility of other sports and leisure activities, creating a viable and sustainable link with primary and post primary schools will become critical for GAA clubs. Most children attend main stream Primary and Post Primary school and going forward it is from this group of children that the future players, coaches and officers of our GAA clubs will come, therefore establishing strong club school links and encouraging these children to become club members is absolutely vital for the long-term sustainability of our clubs.
From our research we have discovered that club school links are operating in many forms around the Province, some very successful and some not so. Where a club school link is deemed to be working very well, we are not proposing that it be changed, however we will outline in the following proposal what we feel is a best practice model and a list of options which is by no means finite.
We propose that clubs appoint a “School Liaison Officer” (SLO) to work with all schools, Primary and Post Primary within their club catchment area. We would envisage this individual being an excellent communicator and organiser, with no requirement to be a qualified coach. The main focus for this role should be to keep the GAA ethos and activities to the fore in the school. We propose that the School Liaison Officer become a member of the club executive or the club coaching committee.
What are the benefits of forming a club school link for club, school and children?