A dedicated section to the GAA Club with info on membership, insurance, IT and more
Welcome to the February edition of the newly revamped GAA Club Nuachtlitir.
As the GAA enters another busy year the Association would like to thank Clubs for distributing the newsletter to their members and would encourage Clubs to continue to do so.
Due to the successful roll-out of email addresses to Clubs in 2009, additional emails will also be provided to Clubs in the form of a PRO and Chairperson account. This will help facilitate the newsletter in reaching a larger part of the GAAâs membership.
Should you have any feedback on any aspect of what we are trying to do, please feel free to contact our Communications Department throughÂ email@example.com.
Finally, can I wish all of our Club units the very best for 2011.
Is Mise le meas,
Lisa Clancy, Director of Communications Cumann LÃºthchleas Gael
INJURY SCHEME REGISTRATION AND SUBSCRIPTION 2011
Injury Scheme Benefits and subscriptions will be unchanged for the 2011 season. Registration of teams for the 2011 season should be completed via the online registration system as per the 2010 season. Registration is required to be completed and subscriptions paid by March 31, 2011.
The system will generate an invoice when registration is completed. Please note that this invoice will only be sent to the official GAA email address. Non-use of the official GAA email addresses last year contributed to delays in payment of subscriptions.
Non-payment of subscriptions will contribute to delays in the processing of claims and leave the injured member awaiting reimbursement for extended periods. In 2009, this contributed to a volume of complaints from members which could have been avoided.
Units who experience any difficulty in accessing the system should contact Servasport directly.
The GAAâs Medical Scientific & Welfare Committee have updated their positionÂ on cardiac screening following the completion of a two-year research programmeÂ in which nearly 300 GAA players were examined in an attempt to assess theÂ effectiveness of various screening methods.
The GAA Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee presented some findings fromÂ the GAAâs Injury database in December last. The database has tracked injury dataÂ from 17 inter-county Gaelic Football and 16 inter-county Hurling teams since it wasÂ established in 2007.
The database shows that the most common injuries sustained in Gaelic Games are:
a) Hamstring (Football: 18.2% of all injuries, Hurling: 16.5%) b) Knee (11.6% of injuries â both codes) c) Pelvis & Groin (Football: 9.4% of all injuries, Hurling: 10.4%) d) Ankle (9% of all injuries â both codes) e) Shoulder (Football: 6.8% of all injuries, Hurling: 6%) f) Wrist & Hand (Football: 4.2% of all injuries, Hurling: 10.3%)
The study showed that recurrent injuries generally require significantly longerÂ recovery periods and that allowing significant time for recovery and properÂ rehabilitation could have major beneficial effects for players in the long term,Â particularly in relation to hamstring and groin injuries.
The study showed that typical âreturn to playâ time for a new hamstring injury is 18.5Â days (Football) or 16.5 days (Hurling). This rises to 41 days (Football) and 30.5 daysÂ (Hurling) for a recurrent injury.
2011 GAA ONLINE REGISTRATION AND DATA BREACH
Arising out of the recent membership data breach, Deloitte has been engaged to undertake a review on behalf of the GAA. This review is ongoing and we expect their report by early February. The PSNI investigation into this matter is also ongoing.
For the 2011 registration season, we are asking clubs to continue with registration of players and members on the online system operated by Servasport. However, we have suspended all development on the system, except for essential upgrade work. Servasport has been provided with a short term contract until April to facilitate registration.
If clubs, or club members, are concerned about their data being entered into the system, we would ask those clubs to enter a reduced amount of information (i.e. name, part address etc). Please note that any contact information (i.e. phone number, email) is not required for GAA member and player registration. Membership cards will be issued to all members in April.
Due to the successful role out of the GAA Google email accounts in 2009 and 2010 and as part of the GAA’s Strategic Vision and Action Plan 2009-2015, the Association has obtained additional Google email accounts which are free to all Clubs.
The additional emails are to provide clubs with a PRO and Chairperson account.
The structure of the email addresses are as follows (using the Austin Stacks GAA Club as an example):
The GAA has received a number of queries from Clubs who have been approached by unlicensed companies offering to supply playing gear to GAA teams, and claiming it is not in breach of GAA rules to do so.
Rule 1.17 of the GAA Treoir OifigiÃºil states that all jerseys used in official matches must display the GAA’s official logo and that any unit or team in breach of this rule shall be liable to disqualification and/or loss of expenses and an individual(s) to a suspension of not less than twenty four weeks or to expulsion.
The following are the only companies licensed to supply official GAA playing gear:
O’Neills – 01 4293500
Azzurri – 051 850066
Masita – 046 9241595
Intosport – 056 4441652
GAA GAMES DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE 2010
The rescheduled 2010 GAA Games Development Conference took place on Saturday, January 15 after initially being postponed due to the adverse weather conditions before Christmas.
Attracting approximately 100 extra delegates than had initially been targeted, over 600 attended from throughout Ireland, Europe and North America. The Conference focussed on issues relating to coaching of children (up to U12/Primary School age) and was a combination of key note and parallel sessions, with practical coaching demonstrations also taking place over the course of the day.
Speaking at the Conference, UachtarÃ¡n Chumann LÃºthchleas Gael CriostÃ³ir Ã Cuana congratulated the attendees and stated that âdelegate numbers showed the interest there is for the development of our youth and how this knowledge can assist them in the development of our games and the coaching of young peopleâ.
Boston College Ireland with funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport has launched a publicly assessable Irish Sporting Heritage Database which aims to record Irelandâs built sporting heritage, existing and historical, over the past 150 years. No such inventory currently exists. The project will produce an online searchable database for use by the general public.
A key part of the continued success of the project will be for members of sporting organisations to send in additional information so that contemporary and historical images of sporting sites across Ireland can be recorded.
The Association would encourage all members to contribute information to the database to ensure that it has comprehensive GAA information and guarantee the long term legacy of this worthwhile project.
The GAA Club Scheme was set up under the presidency of Alf Murray in the 1960âs, where members and Clubs contributed either Â£100 or Â£500 respectively towards a fund that aided Clubs in developing facilities. Each year, prize winners are randomly selected from the pool of entries. 2010 winners are as follows:
â¬635 Prize Winners Thomastown United GAA, Kilkenny; Begley Bourke, Limerick; Francis Scallon, Fermanagh; Sara McInerney, Dublin; John Bresnan, Dublin; St Marys GAA, Tipperary; Basil & Denis OâMeara, Tipperary; Athleague GAA, Roscommon; Edward OâDwyer, Dublin; Ballymartin GAA, Down; Martin Bolger, Waterford; Easkey GAA, Sligo.
GAA LAUNCH OFFICIAL ANDROID APP
The GAA recently launched an official Android App. It contains the latest GAA news, fixtures, results, image galleries, videos and venue information.
You can download the app for free by visiting the App Market on your Android Smartphone and searching for âOfficial GAAâ. Further details and download information can be found athttps://market.android.com/details?id=ie.ebow.gaa. We hope this will keep all GAA members and supporters up to date while on the move!
GAA SOCIAL INITIATIVE NEWSLETTER
The January edition of the GAA Social Initiative was recently sent to participating Clubs. The GAA would like to thank its members for the positive response to the first Social Initiative Newsletter in December.
To view a copy of the January edition, please clickÂ here.