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St Patricks GAC Lisburn

St Patricks Club Policy

St.Patrick’s GAC aim to promote the participation of children in our club by creating a culture of safety and fun. We believe that a youth centered approach is essential in the promotion and development of Gaelic games at underage level. Our youth development programmed is firmly rooted in this philosophy and is structured to ensure that those working with children at all times provide a quality sporting and social program and assist young people to value discipline and to strive to achieve their full potential as they mature and develop.

In line with Cumann Luthchlas Gael ‘Code of Best Practice for Youth Sport’, St Patrick’s GAC Club affirms the belief that all our young club members, while involved in sport within our club, are entitled to,

  • Be safe
  • Be always valued and treated with respect
  • Be happy
  • Have fun
  • Make friends
  • Experience a sense of enjoyment and fulfillment, which enhances their self esteem

As they strive to

  • Improve upon their skills
  • Develop their true potential,
  • In a climate which is characterized by
  • Praise,
  • Encouragement,
  • Challenge,
  • Fair Play
  • Comradeship

St.Patrick’s GAC Club wish to ensure that players, parents, guardians, coaches, mentors, officials and spectators understand and apply the principles of fair play. We therefore ask that all those involved in sport within our club familiarize themselves with the established club policies and Codes of Conduct.

These policies apply to all those involved in St.Patrick’s GAC

The Club has the right to:

  • Expect that all leaders comply with its Code of Conduct.
  • Expect all youth members shall maintain standards of reasonable behavior.
  • Take appropriate action if members breach the Code of Conduct or Child Protection Policy.
  • Expect that all members undertake appropriate training when advised to.
  • Expect that leaders will not abuse members physically, emotionally or sexually.
  • Take appropriate action in the event of accusations.
  • Acquire pre-employment checks on all coaches, as agreed by the Ulster Council.
  • Maintain records on individuals in line with advice from the data protection agency i.e. only hold records on individuals that they have a justifiable reason for holding.