RECRUITMENT & SELECTION OF COACHES & VOLUNTEERS

Cuala policy is that all coaches/volunteers, prior to commencing their role(s) with children, must:

  • Hold a current membership with Cuala
  • Have an in-date vetting letter from either GAA, LGFA or Camogie Association.
  • Must hold an in-date child safeguarding certificate (either GAA or Sport Irl. approved)
  • Must hold a minimum coaching qualification (Introduction to Coaching Gaelic Games or ICGG Award) from GAA.
  • Acknowledge that they have read, signed and submitted the Code of Behaviour Declaration form.
  • That they have been officially ratified by Coiste  (your name, team details must be included on the coaches ratification list – follow up with your section secretary if required)
4-Steps to Coaching Compliance in Cuala
What is ratification & why I need to complete the process

All club members that take on the role of coach/mentor must be officially ratified by Coiste – this specifically applies to coaches involved with underage players (u18 years of age).

Coiste ratification ensures full compliance with both the statutory and association requirements for coaching underage players. All GAA clubs are subject to National audits by Sports Ireland, Tusla and the National Children’s Office (GAA).

It is the responsibility of each club member/volunteer to ensure that they are in full compliance before taking on the role of coach/mentor.

RATIFICATION PROCESS

STEP 1. – Pay Membership – LINK HERE

STEP 2. – Complete the Coach Application Form to ensure that your coaching record with Cuala is up-to-date –LINK HERE

  • Apply for Garda Vetting (This is done via your personal Foireann Account ) – LINK HERE
  • Apply for Safeguarding Training – LINK HERE
  • Apply for GAA Coaching Qualification – LINK HERE

STEP 3 . –  Acknowledge that you have read the Code of Behaviour (Underage), understood it in full and  to be bound by the principles set out in the Code when participating, playing or attending our Gaelic Games. – LINK HERE

All coaches working with underage children must submit and sign the above form to have it recorded on Cuala’s Coach Register system.

STEP 4. – Check that your name is included on the list of ratified coaches – follow up with your section secretary if required.

Safeguarding Training

In parallel with the vetting process, register your interest for Safeguarding Training – 2023 list of dates LINK HERE.

If dates listed are not convenient you should request your section secretary to notify the Club’s children’s officer, or, Club coach that you have started the vetting process and that you want to be included on next available date.

Coach Qualification

In parallel with both the vetting/safeguarding process you should apply for a GAA qualification course – 2023 list of dates LINK HERE.

If dates listed are not convenient you should request your section secretary to notify the Club Coach to have your name included on next available date.

PLEASE NOTE:

The requirement to have a minimum coaching qualification  applies only for volunteers taking on the role of coach/mentor.

It is not a requirement for ‘Pied Pipers‘, ‘Shepard’s‘  or Covid Officers.

The GAA Code of Behaviour applies to those who work with underage  and assist them in any capacity on our behalf.

Code of Behaviour

All coaches working with underage children must submit the Code of Behaviour Declaration form and have it recorded on the Cuala CoachReg system.

A copy of the Code of Behaviour (Underage) can be accessed by clicking the image below: