Leitrim GAA’s own Inclusion and Integration committee are to set up a pilot programme to children who are receiving coaching at schools level to become involved with local GAA clubs in their area.
Under a discussion on the various strands involved with the committee, it was felt that there was a problem with the transition of young players from schools to clubs. The meeting heard an alarming statistic quoted where in one instance there were a very large number of children being coached at primary school level but only a small number were involved in the club.
The meeting agreed to a proposal to run a pilot project involving four clubs and to concentrate on the area of transfer from school to club. Involved in this iniative would be the whole area of involving people new to the area, including non nationals, people with disabilities and other minority groups.
The meeting emphasised the importance of Clubs appointing a club school liaison officer to ensure a better relationship between school and club and to ensure that children attending the local national, and their parents would not be lost to the local club.
The meeting agreed that it would set a date for a club open morning where each club in the county would invite everybody in their community into the club for a morning, where they would meet the club officers, players and mebers and invite the children to participate in a small sided game.