The GAA Respect Initiative Booklet was launched to clubs at a Coaching and Games Development meeting in the Bush Hotel on Wednesday September 1st.
It was explained at the meeting, for the purpose of beginning our implementation of this Initiative in 2010, that at all games in this years Under 12 Football Championship the following protocall from the Initiative will be observed:
Players and Mentors of each team will line up in the centre of the field and exchange handshakes with the opposition players and Mentors and the Match Official(s) respectively immediately in advance of the fixture and at its conclusion. Supporters will be kept off the playing area for the duration of the game.
Mentors will wear specific bibs (distributed at the meeting) to advertise the initiative. Posters (also distributed) should be displayed in a prominant position to advise the spectators of what is expected.
Clubs were asked to identify one person who will take reponsibility for implementation of the above in all Under 12 Championship Games.
It should be pointed out that are many other features in this publication that are worth reading and implementing at club and indeed county level beyond 2010 and all are advised to consider strongly taking the suggestions on board into the future.
It is hoped that we will sow seeds among our Under 12 players, mentors and officials throughout September 2010 which will bear a rich harvest into the future!!
The GAA Respect Initiative Booklet can be viewed online at www.gaa.ie
09-Sep-10 by Colette Fox – PRO