Club Officer

Club Leadership Development Programme

Programme Overview

The Club Leadership Development Programme is designed to provide GAA Club Officers with the basic knowledge and core leadership skills required to fulfil their roles effectively.

Officers will learn from trained Leadership Associates who have experience of being a Club Officer and of facilitating training sessions for adults.  Learning will take place in a relaxed training environment in appropriate venues in the participating counties.  All courses run for two hours and involve a lot of learning activities to encourage problem solving and idea sharing with fellow club officers.  Officers who complete the programme will:

- Gain a better understanding of what their role involves  

- Develop basic leadership, management and communication skills  

- Experience increased role satisfaction  

- Have an awareness of where to access resources and supports  

- Be able to share ideas and solve problems with fellow officers

- Be better prepared for future roles in the Association

- Get a Certificate of Achievement

All training sessions will be organised by County Development Officers in conjunction with the Provincial Councils.


Programme Structure

The programme will have several core modules which will be delivered on a county basis and a selection of optional modules which will be delivered on a provincial basis once the core modules have been delivered.

Core Modules

PROGRAMME: OFFICER INDUCTION

The aim of this module is to introduce the principal club officers – Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, PRO - to the Club Leadership Development Programme and the importance of their role as a club officer.

MODULE: OFFICER INDUCTION

 

PROGRAMME: CHAIRPERSON

The Chairperson is the principal officer of a GAA Club. As well as chairing Club Executive Committee and other Club meetings, the Chairperson has prime responsibility for ensuring that the Club is a well organised, well managed and an active unit. The Chairperson should be dedicated to the job, have good communication skills, have the ability to delegate key tasks and above all, be a person of integrity in the community. The contribution of the Club Chairperson to the effective working of a Club can never be underestimated. The programme for Chairpersons involves three specific modules:

MODULE 1: ROLE OF THE CHAIRPERSON

MODULE 2: COMMUNICATION IN A GAA CLUB *

MODULE 3: GAMES DEVELOPMENT & PLAYER WELFARE *

 

PROGRAMME: SECRETARY

The Secretary is the chief administrator in the Club. The duties are many and varied and call for a high degree of dedication. The Secretary has more to do with the practical running of the Club than any other officer. He/she should be a good organiser, be methodical and above all, be reliable. The duties dovetail with those of the Chairperson and it is essential that both officers work as a team of which the Secretary will very often be the more active person.  The programme for Secretaries involves three specific modules:

MODULE 1: ROLE OF THE SECRETARY

MODULE 2: COMMUNICATION IN A GAA CLUB *

MODULE 3: GAMES DEVELOPMENT & PLAYER WELFARE *

 

PROGRAMME: TREASURER

The Club Treasurer has responsibility for the safe-keeping of the funds of the Club. He/she is responsible for recording all income and expenditure and for reporting on the financial position of the Club to the Club Executive Comittee on an on-going basis. It is important to note that the Treasurer does not have to be an accountant to perform this role. However, he/she must have the ability to record all financial transactions, control expenditure in the Club, plan and assist in fundraising and provide regular reports to the Club Executive.  The programme for Treasurers contains one specific module:

MODULE 1: ROLE OF THE TREASURER

 

PROGRAMME: PRO

Communications is one of the most important activities in the Association. The success of all units depends to some degree on the national and local image of the Association. Everyone in the GAA who has a role in their Club, no matter how small, has a part to play in effective communication. There is always a need for a proper flow of information in the Club so that everyone understands how the Club operates. The main function of the Club PRO is to communicate with the general public on behalf of the Club, presenting a positive image of the Club and Cumann Lúthchleas Gael in the local community and beyond.  The programme for PROs contains one specific module:

MODULE 1: ROLE OF THE PRO

 

Optional Modules  

Optional modules will be run in Provinces on a first come, first served basis.  Topics include:

- Using office 365

- Using the GAA Management System, powered by Servasport.

- Governance Guidelines

The availability of these courses will be promoted by the participating counties after the core modules have been completed.


 Online Learning

The GAA has developed an online module to support officers at club, county and provincial levels to run meetings more effectively.  It is a time-saving guide to planning and running meetings from start to finish which covers preparation, keeping the meeting on track, complying with the GAA Constitution & Rules, and follow-up on actions.  It includes best practice advice for dealing with challenging individuals, as well as downloadable templates for creating effective meeting agendas and meeting minutes.  By taking the module, you will learn:

• Approaches, rules and tips for running effective meetings

• How to prepare and organise a Club Annual General Meeting

• Tools and templates to organise and run effective meetings

 

To access the module, complete these steps:

1) Open an internet browser on your laptop or PC – (Our preferred browser is Google Chrome.  Please note that the module is not compatible with a phone or tablet device)

2) Ensure that pop-ups are enabled on your computer – Click here for guidance on unblocking pop-ups

3) Click on this link - http://learning.gaa.ie/courses/Effective_Meetings/


 Getting Involved

All training sessions will be organised by County Development Officers in conjunction with the Provincial Councils.  There is no cost for officers who wish to attend any of the courses. The dates, times and venues will be communicated to Clubs by the Development Officer in each County - http://www.gaa.ie/the-gaa/provinces-counties-clubs/  Please contact your Development Officer to find out more about which training events they have coming up in your area.

Expression of Interest Form

Programme Overview