Sports & Social Integration Programme
Cuala’s Sports & Social Integration Programme (SSIP) is a joint initiative between Cuala and the Dublin & Dún Laoghaire Educational Training Board (ETB), formerly Co. Dublin & Dún Laoghaire VECs.
The Project is managed by Damian Byrne under the direction of a Steering Committee comprised of local School Principals and Community Leaders.
The former Dublin keeper is the holder of 3 Senior Championship medals, and his many achievements include Dublin Hurler of the year, winner of 3 Dublin Bluestars awards and admission to the Dublin Hall of Fame. He also brings a wealth of professional experience to the programme being a GAA Coaching Tutor and the holder of Diplomas in Sports Management and Addiction Studies.
- To provide opportunities for Young people to socialise with peers from different socio-economic backgrounds.
- To focus on children not already involved in sport.
- To provide a community orientated sports programme based on Cuala’s management structures in collaboration with local schools colleges and community/youth services.
- To maximise the number of boys and girls in sport and related activities in the target areas.
- To introduce and build relationships with locally based positive role models ( players, coaches, leaders, administrators etc.) for younger people.
- To provide leadership training and personal development skills for older children (13-18)
- To integrate an anti-drug and anti-crime theme into everyday activities
Cuala runs an extensive series of programmes within the SSIP project including
- School Coaching Blocks
- After School Leagues
- Health & Wellbeing Talks
- Impact of Alcohol Advertisement In Sport
- Outreach Work
- After-School Clubs
- Seasonal Sports Camps
- Cuala TY 16
- Tús / Fás Placements
- TY Coaching Course
- Parents Coaching Course
- Social Inclusion Programme
- Social, TY & special work placements
- Superstars Tournaments