The education system is where our young people’s characters are formed and ambitions fired. If the teaching and the curriculum are off centre it can lead to a generation less well equipped to take on the mantle of leadership which those who have gone before them are looking to hand over.
The GAA, in collaboration with the Professional Development Service for Teachers, has launched a new Future Leaders Transition Year Programme.
It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of eight modules, each designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils.
The Programme gives pupils the knowledge and skills to support all roles required in the effective staging of Gaelic Games. As part of the Programme, pupils are challenged to organise and run a GAA Super Games Centre for younger students or assist in Coaching at their local Primary School.
Schools who sign up to deliver the programme can do so from one to all eight of the modules. Pupils store all of their materials and coursework in an e-portfolio.
The eight modules that make up the course are:
- Future Leaders FMS & Coaching of Hurling / Gaelic football Module
- Future Leaders Nutrition Module
- Future Leaders Refereeing Module
- Future Leaders Administration Module
- Future Leaders Sports Journalism Module
- Future Leaders Performance Analysis Module
- Future Leaders Event Management Module
- Future Leaders Wellness Module
From an educational perspective, the benefits of the Programme are obvious with TY pupils enhancing their Physical Literacy Skills, Digital Literacy Skills, literacy, numeracy and presentation Skills.
“The Future Leaders Transition Year Programme has the potential to make a huge contribution to the health and wellbeing, both physical and mental, of the young people of Ireland,” said GAA President-Elect John Horan who comes from an education background himself.
“This comes at a time when Irish children are engaging in less and less physical activity and levels of obesity and diabetes are on the rise.”
“This Programme will future-proof our games in towns and villages countrywide by developing capacities in young people to empower them to take ownership of the games and carry them forward for the next generation.”
“They will be the future administrators, coaches, referees, ground staff, performance analysts and nutritionists. They could be the reason thousands of children will play our games in every corner of the country in the years to come.”
There are presently 48 schools delivering the Programme as part of the Pilot Phase.
The Programme will be rolled out nationally in 2018/19 and there are already more than 250 schools registered to start in September.