Over the last number of years, the GAA and SARI have been working in collaboration to support members when an issue of racism or discrimination arose.

All administration officials, mentors, stewards, coaches, referees, and others who want to take part will now be able to be trained in bespoke operational workshops, under the title of Responding to Racism.

The course will cover all forms of discrimination and how they manifest in different kinds of threats or hostility. It will also provide best practice guidance in the area of intercultural programming.

“The GAA is made up of one race with many ethnicities,” said Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer Geraldine McTavish.

“Most recently, in collaboration with Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI), we have developed the Association’s Responding to Racism (R2R) educational and awareness campaign which includes both education and procedures to follow should any incidents arise in GAA clubs.”

Aboud El Jumaili is a hurler and a coach with Dublin club Ballinteer St Johns as well as Diversity and Inclusion Officer with Dublin GAA, and he was interviewed on Claire Byrne’s show on RTÉ this week.

You can listen back to it here.