Guidelines for Parents/Supporters

Parents/Guardians have an influential role to play in assisting and encouraging their children to fully participate in Gaelic Games, whether it is when they are playing our games or attending training or coaching sessions.

Guidelines for Parents/Guardians
Parents/Guardians have an influential role to play in assisting and encouraging their children to fully participate in Gaelic Games, whether it is when they are playing our games or attending training or coaching sessions.

Parents/Guardians should:
• Inform the coaches, and any other relevant Club personnel, of any changes in their child’s medical or dietary requirements prior to coaching sessions, games or other related activities.
• Ensure that their child punctually attends coaching sessions/games or other related activities.
• Provide their child with adequate clothing and equipment as may be required for the playing of our games, including for example helmets, shin guards, gum shields etc.
• Ensure that the nutrition/hydration and hygiene needs of their child are met.
• Listen to what their child may have to say.
• Show approval whether the team wins, loses or draws a game.
• Never attempt to meet their own needs and aspirations for success and achievement through their children’s participation in games.

Parents/Guardians should assist their club by:
• Showing appreciation to volunteers, mentors and Club officials.
• Finding a role for yourself within the club
• Assisting in the organising of Club activities and events as requested.
• Respecting the rights, dignity and worth of every person and by treating each one equally regardless of age, gender, ability, ethnic origin, cultural background or religion.

Parents/Guardians have the right to:
• Know their child is safe and to make a complaint if they believe that their child’s safety is in any way compromised.
• Be informed of problems/concerns relating to their child.
• Be informed if their child gets injured.
• Complain if they have concerns about the standard of coaching.
• Have a say in relation to decisions being made within the Club.

Role of Supporters
Young players are eager to enjoy and benefit from the support they receive from parents, guardians, friends and other members of the Club who attend our games as supporters. Active, loyal and well behaved supporters are always welcome to attend and support our games but should be aware that their conduct will reflect upon the team, players and Clubs they support. Fellow supporters have a responsibility to ensure that all spectators conduct themselves in an acceptable and well behaved manner at all times, when attending games and competitions. Supporters should realise and appreciate that young players are encouraged to participate in Gaelic Games so that they may enjoy themselves while also improving their skills levels.

Supporters add to the enjoyment of our games by:
• Applauding good performance and efforts from your Club’s players and from your opponents, regardless of the result.
• Condemning the use of violence in any form, be it by fellow spectators, coaches, officials or players.
• Encouraging players to participate according to the rules and the referees’ decisions.
• Demonstrating appropriate social behaviour by not using foul language or harassing players, mentors or officials.
• Respecting the decisions of all officials.
• Never ridiculing or scolding a player for making a mistake during games or competitions.
• Showing respect to your Club’s opponents. Without them there would be no games or competitions.
• Upholding the principles of FAIR PLAY and RESPECT for all.

Get involved

How can I get involved?.

On practice and match days our coaches find that it can be overwhelming to manage a group of 20/30+ players. To allow our coaches to coach at the best they need help. We have identified some roles that parent/sibling can get involved in. These roles require various amounts of time and commitment. Ideally these roles should be shared between a few people.

If you have never got involved in coaching and lack the confidence or feel you don’t have the knowledge /skillset to be a coach. If you have just moved into the area and have been involved in coaching with another club, we will welcome you on board. We can provide you with the necessary courses and training to help you fulfil the role. We hope to have a ratio of 1:5 (1 coach to 5 children). This is the ideal. Within our structure we will have a head coach and assistant coaches. The head coach will be responsible for planning the training sessions and delegate you a role that you are comfortable with where they will meet before sessions.
This role involves being at the club house 20 minutes prior to training session begins and 10 minutes after. You job to maintain a player register which will be provided. You will just need to tick off player attendance and collect the 2 euro.
every child (and adult) likes to see their picture in the local press. The club will provide a camera for a volunteer to take photographs of training and match days. If you watch your children’s games and may also have an interest in photography. This may the role for you.
Our club PRO cannot attend every single match.. If you are attending the games/trainings that your child is playing in and feel you could write a match report. A team list will be provided to you to write your report. This can be then emailed to our club pro Shane McGuire to be shared in local press and club website and facebook page. . Email:
During a training session there are vast amounts of gear that is used from cones, poles, goal posts. Your role could be to set out the cones as per illustrated example provided by the coach. Moving and carrying portable goal posts which will free the coaches up to do what they should be doing which is coach football . This allows the coaches to meet prior to training and plan there sessions. This role would mean showing up 20 minutes prior to the training session and match day and 10 minutes at the end.
Every club are expected to provide at least one umpire and lineman (or lady). If you feel you would like to help our teams along. Perhaps you could offer your services of you would be attending the games your child is participating in.

Match & Practice Day

1. All training sessions will begin at 6.30pm sharp and finish at 7.15pm. Be on time for both times.
2. Each child MUST be signed in at the clubhouse where a delegated person will be there to take the register and collect 2e
3. To facilitate buying new training equipment, subsidise buses, provide snacks and drinks on match days we need to collect e2 per child or family at each training session.
4. At the beginning and end of training each child must line up at the age groups designated line and await their coaches.
5. Each child MUST wear a Mouth Guard (gumshield) at training
6. Each child to wear warm clothes at training.
7. Bring your own water bottle to hydrate during sessions.
8. At the end of the practice must return to designated line and must await parents to pick them up.
9. Wear club gear
Home Match day protocol
1. Each child MUST wear a Mouth Guard (gumshield) during match/warmup
2. Arrive 30 minutes before designated throw in to allow for warm up.
3. Parents asked to stay and support our teams.
4. During match days we require 2 linesmen (or ladies) and umpires

Away Match day protocol
1. Be on time to allow bus to depart as per schedule
2. Each child must be signed in at the clubhouse where a delegated person will be there to take the register before travelling on the bus.
3. Each child MUST wear a Mouth Guard (gumshield) during match/warmup
4. If a child travels on the bus, he/she must return on the bus.
5. To subsidise the cost of travel each child must pay 2 euro which will be collected by the bus driver.