Buncrana GAA Club notes 25/01/2015

Buncrana GAA Notes for Week Ending Sunday 25th January 2015

U16 Players

Following a discussion at January’s monthly meeting, the committee decided that it is best practice that U16 players are not to train or play with the Senior teams in either football or hurling. This is not just a Club decision but is accordance with the guidelines set by the GAA. The guidelines clearly state this and we must abide by them. One of the main issues is child protection. As already discussed at a meeting held by the Bord Na nÓg chairman, it was clear that Buncrana Club has to protect this age group especially on the issue of player burnout. It is important to point out that a large number of these players are doing their Junior Cert exams and senior management have been asked to strictly adhere to the above. As always our Club values and will protect the health and well-being of our members, especially our younger players, above everything else.

Sean Clerkin Chairman

Coaches and Managers 2015

With most of the positions now filled the Club is looking forward to a successful 2015 season in all codes at all age levels and in both genders! We will publish the full management and coaches list for the new season in next week’s Notes once everyone has been ratified. Let’s get behind our teams and give everyone, players and management, the support they need to make it a season to remember!

Club Officer Training

This will be held on 4th of February in Ballybofey and will be particularly useful for those Officers who have taken on new roles.

Mizen to Malin Club Fundraiser
The Clubs big fundraising ‘cyclathon’ is definitely going ahead, starting from Mizen June 30th and ending in Malin on July 5th. The Club has earmarked this as our major fundraising event for 2015 and is bringing on a local charity (which one is yet to be confirmed) as a partner. This event will be a prime example of our Club fundraising to support our young people’s activities and contribute to local community development at the same time.

Anybody interested in doing the cycle or helping organise please contact Brian Stokes. This is a massive undertaking and lot of support roles need to be filled.

Garda Vetting

New Garda Vetting forms have been in place since July 2014 and are available for download from our website, Club Secretary, Grainne Ui Chearain, or Childrens Officer, Gary Duffy. 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.

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….

U14 Boys Football Training will Start on Saturday February 14th at 2pm Sharp in Scarvey. This will be used to get together chat and see the squad size etc.
Training will be on Tues evenings from 7 – 8.30p, and Fridays from 4.30pm to 6pm.
Anyone that wants to come back or try Gaelic are more than welcome to come down.
Don’t Forget Gum Shields, Boots and €2
Any questions contact Aidan on 0862762671


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 Wednesday nights in Illies Development Centre

Please note that U12 girls has been changed to 6.30 – 7.30pm (U14’s also on at this time). We will be moving back to our usual Monday night in the Scarvey when we go back to outdoor training in a few weeks. Please bring water & €2. All existing and new players are most welcome.

Under 14 6.30 – 7.30

Under 12 6.30-7.30

Senior 8.30 – 9.30

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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