Sports clubs invited to player welfare training

How to look after the health and well-being of your club members will be to fore of a training event in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon, on Monday, October 15, at 7.30pm.

How to look after the health and well-being of your club members will be to fore of a training event in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon, on Monday, October 15, at 7.30pm.

The event will be facilitated by Colin Regan, former Leitrim footballer and current GAA Community and Health Promotion Manager, along with Grainne Duignan, Project Worker with Foroige’s Alcohol & Drug Education Project Leitrim. The education and awareness evening is being run in conjunction with Leitrim GAA’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Officers Marie McGovern (Fenagh) and Kevin McGill (Cloone).

“This training is all about player welfare and ensuring your club promotes the sort of healthy culture sport is all about. It will provide information about player lifestyles, developing a policy for your club, and guidelines on how to manage incidents that may arise in any sports club setting,” explains Colin.

The GAA’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) programme has been up and running for six years. Under the GAA’s Strategic Vision and Action Plan, 2009-2015, every club in the country has been charged with having an active ASAP officer in place, and with adopting a club Drug and Alcohol Policy.

The evening will be of particular benefit to your club ASAP officer but will also be very useful to anyone working with juvenile teams, and in particular your club’s Coaching Officer. If your club does not have an ASAP officer you are asked to make sure someone interested in taking on the role attends. They will leave with a wide understanding of the role sports clubs can play in promoting healthy lifestyles, how to address issues relating to drug and alcohol misuse, and the support networks that are in place in Leitrim.

“Jimmy Smith who works with the HSE in the area of early intervention will also attend on the night and will impart onto people how they should talk to family and friends they are concerned about regarding sensitive issues like alcohol. These tools are transferable to all walks of life, not just the sporting field. While the event is being hosted by the GAA we are inviting representatives from all sports clubs in the county to send a representative if they so wish,” Colin concluded.

All Leitrim GAA and sports clubs are invited to send two representatives, ideally their ASAP Officer and someone involved in coaching in the club. Clubs in neighbouring Roscommon are also invited to send along representatives. Please email Marie McGovern at mmcgovern@eircom.ie by Friday, October 12, to book your place on the night and to indicate how many from your club will attend. Places will be limited to 30 so please email as early as possible to guarantee your attendance.