Buncrana GAA Club Notes 18.01.2015

Mizen to Malin Club Fundraiser
Here’s a New Year challenge for you! Some members are pondering the idea of a sponsored cycle from Mizen to Malin – that’s the hard way, cycling uphill rather than down! It is hoped that this could be a main fundraiser for the club along with a local charity.
Anybody interested in doing the cycle or helping organise please contact Brian Stokes. This will be a big undertaking and a lot of help will be needed in a variety of roles.
It could prove a good fundraiser for the Club and sure to generate a lot of goodwill too. Suggestions as to what local charity we should support welcome too.

Garda Vetting

New Garda Vetting forms have been in place since July 2014. We are looking at loading the forms to our website to make it easier for club member to access them. Any club member who has responsibility for or contact with underage members in the course of their involvement with the club has to be Garda vetted. In the meantime, you can get copies of the forms from the Club Secretary, Grainne Ui Chearain, or Child Protection Officer, Sean Clerkin.

North West Coaching Awards

Nominations for the NW Coaching Awards are now open. The North West Coaching Awards are designed to honour sports coaches who have demonstrated outstanding success over the previous 12 months. The North West Coaching Network identify the need to recognise and reward those coaches who consistently give their all to grow sport and develop their athletes and participants. You can find all the required information on the link below including the supporting information and nomination forms, in addition to a great video capturing the impact of last year’s awards.


2015 North West Coaching Forum

The Forum is planned to support the education of sports coaches and raise the profile of coaching in the North West region. The Forum will take place during National Talent Coaching Week and will identify areas specific to the development of talent athletes. Coaches and volunteers from all sports are invited to attend an evening of educational sessions focusing on a number of key themes within coaching. Presentations and seminars will focus on:

●International Perspectives on Talent Identification ●Strength and Conditioning: Speed Development

●Mental Resilience in Sport ●Periodization Considerations for Coaching


If you have any further queries on either of these projects please contact michaelcooke@sportni.net

Donegal GAA Yearbook

Donegal GAA Year Book is available now. This is a good read and amazing to see how much the club achieved in 2014 – here’s hoping we do as well or better in 2015. For your copy contact Grainne on 0864650200.

Underage News

The new Code of Behaviour (Underage) came into effect on 1 November 2014. This is a joint Code shared by all of the Gaelic Games Associations. The Code of Behaviour (Underage) is a mandatory Code for all persons working in any role of responsibility with Children in the GAA – Camogie, Ladies Football, Rounders or Handball – and has been adopted by our relevant Central Councils. A copy of the Code is available from the Club Secretary on request and will uploaded to the Club website soon.


These are the training times confirmed so far….


U6 Friday evening 6.30 – 7.30

U8 Boys Friday evening 7.30 – 8.30

U8 & U10 Girls Saturdays 10.30 – 11.30


U8 & U10 Sunday 11am

U12 Mondays 6.30 – 7.30

All training takes part indoors at Crana College so no excuses about bad weather! All past members welcome but we will be particularly happy to see loads of new faces. Come along and meet your friends, make new ones, get fit and healthy and play your national games.

Girls Football in Illies Hall

This is restarting on Wednesday 21st January in the Illies Community Sports Hall.

Under 14 6.30 – 7.30

Under 12 7.30 – 8.30

Senior 8.30 – 9.30

All existing and new players are most welcome. Please bring €3 along with runners and water bottle.

Club Website

Check out the updated Club website – buncranagaa.com where we’re doing a bit of revamping. Any good photos you have that we could upload would be much appreciated, email them to buncrana.pro@gmail.com. Any suggestions or comments about the site much appreciated but keep them clean!

You can renew your annual membership there too – and you don’t even have to be in Buncrana! Membership now open worldwide…make it your New Year resolution to take out membership of your local GAA club and help us in our role to help our community.

GAA National Draw

The Club is participating in the GAA National Draw – There are fantastic prizes, including a trip for two to New York, a €1,000 shopping voucher, not to mention a trip next year with the All Stars and various corporate packages for the All-Ireland’s 2015!

You can enter the draw online at www.buncranagaa.com/national-club-draw-2015/. Please enter and help to raise funds that are totally used to aid the development of Buncrana’s young people and to make our community better for everyone.

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