The programme provides online and physical learning opportunities for club officers so that they can fulfil their voluntary roles to the best of their ability and for the good of their clubs.
The programme has been designed in house by the GAA and focusses on the practical aspects of six primary roles on a Club Executive, those of Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, PRO, Coaching Officer, Registrar and Irish Language and Culture Officers.
More than 6,000 Club Officers have participated in the programme since 2016 and for the first time in 2020, selected modules will also be offered to officers from LGFA and Camogie Clubs.
18 different modules are available and will be scheduled on a county by county basis by the County Development Officer on a basis of demand from club officials.
There is an online calendar which shows upcoming events.
The 2020 rollout also sees two modules which are available exclusively online – Club Officer Foundations and Leading Effective Meetings. There are also two modules available via Remote Webinar. It is envisaged that the volume of content which can be accessed remotely and online will continue to increase going forward.
A new Club Officer Foundation Certificate will be piloted this year for Chairs, Secretaries, Treasurers and PRO’s this year in four counties. This will require eight hours worth of structured learning in four key areas.
“The programme is a great opportunity for all club officers to develop their skills and increasingly perform to the best of their abilities in their roles,” said GAA President John Horan.
“It is also a great opportunity for closer collaboration with the LGFA and Camogie Association and we are delighted that they will be involved with the programme this year.”
“The online modules available are also growing in popularity, and the use of these E-Learning tools will make it a lot easier for officers to find time to take part and increase their knowledge base.”
“The efforts to streamline and co-ordinate Officer training efforts between the GAA, Camogie Association and LGFA has now officially begun, and it is our belief that this combined effort will ultimately benefit all three Associations across all levels,” added Paddy Flood, Chair of the National Officer development Programme.
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