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.


STEP 1. – Pay Membership – LINK HERE

STEP 2. – Check your Foireann account for details of your Vetting, Safeguarding & GAA Coaching Qualifications – notify your section secretary and request her/him to include your name in the Coach Ratification Process for 2024.

If you do not have these already, or need to update them:

  • Apply for Garda Vetting (This is done. via your personal Foireann Account ) – LINK HERE
  • Apply for Safeguarding Training – email for next available course dates
  • Apply for GAA Coaching Qualification – email for next available course dates

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.

All coaches working with underage children must sign Page 46 (Appendix 11a) of the above Code and retrun it to Childrens Officer 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.