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A new name but Healthy Club Officer role key for the GAA

Croke Park announces immediate name change for "Club Health & Wellbeing Officer" post

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Leitrim Sport

A new name but Healthy Club Officer role key for the GAA

Melvin Gaels’ Katherine Williams is presented with the Official Healthy Club Award by Seán Cavanagh, Healthy Clubs Ambassador and former Tyrone Footballer in Croke Park recently. Photo by Sportsfile

It might have a new name but the aim of making every club a healthier place for everyone to enjoy is at the heart of the decision to retitle the role of the ‘Club Health & Wellbeing Officer’ to the new ‘Healthy Club Officer’.

Far from being a superficial name change like so many businesses do these days to rebrand, the GAA’s decision to change immediately change the title of Club Health and Wellbeing Officer to Healthy Club Officer is at the heart of the well-being of local communities.

Melvin Gaels were recently presented with the Official Healthy Club Award by Seán Cavanagh in Croke Park recently and applications for Phase 3 of the GAA Healthy Club Project will open in January 2018 – details will be announced on GAA.ie and the Club Newsletter.

Leitrim County Board Secretary Attracta O’Reilly informed clubs on Wednesday that “The Community & Health Department and the National Health & Wellbeing Committee has recommended a change of the title of Club Health and Wellbeing Officer to Healthy Club Officer, effective immediately.”

The role of the Healthy Club Officer is to help your club become a healthier place for everyone to enjoy. Officers are appointed rather than elected and will be supported in their work by their Club Executive and their County Health & Wellbeing Committee.

However, everyone has a role to play in supporting a Healthy Club, from players and coaches to parents and volunteers.

Training for the role will be delivered by County Health & Wellbeing Committees throughout 2018 and is designed to help make our clubs healthier places for everyone to enjoy.

The training also prepares clubs to participate in the award winning Healthy Club Project, should they so desire. 58 clubs, with at least one in every county, became the first officially recognised GAA Healthy Clubs in in Ireland at a special event in Croke Park on November 4.

Some of the benefits in becoming a Healthy Club can be found HERE and include increased membership, improved goodwill in the community, and greater access to grants and in some cases new sponsorship partnerships.