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© GAA
Joe Whelan
European GAA Board
November 19-21, 2014
The GAA
(Gaelic Athletic Association)
© GAA
GAA – World Governing Body for Gaelic Games
Gaelic Football & Ladies Gaelic Football
Hurling & Camógie (Ladies hur...
© GAA
Hurling & Gaelic Football
National pastime for over 2000 years
First written records in the 5th Century (hurling)...
© GAA
 GAA Sports most popular in Ireland
 2500 clubs - 20% of population are members
 No. 1 sport for participation/sp...
© GAA
 Mission
“The GAA is a community based volunteer
organisation promoting Gaelic Games, culture
and lifelong partici...
© GAA
 Values
Community Identity
Amateur Status
Inclusiveness
Respect
Player Welfare
Teamwork
The GAA – Our Mission...
GAA Activities
 Very organised structure – Official Guide
 Club & Regional representation at national level
 Tens of th...
© GAA
Gaelic Games in Continental Europe
 1999 just 4 Clubs – 75 Clubs in 2014
 20% annual increase for past five years
...
© GAA
Gaelic Games in Continental Europe
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European board of the Gaelic Athletic Association - Joe Whelan

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European board of the Gaelic Athletic Association - Joe Whelan

  1. 1. © GAA Joe Whelan European GAA Board November 19-21, 2014 The GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association)
  2. 2. © GAA GAA – World Governing Body for Gaelic Games Gaelic Football & Ladies Gaelic Football Hurling & Camógie (Ladies hurling) GAA Rounders GAA Handball
  3. 3. © GAA Hurling & Gaelic Football National pastime for over 2000 years First written records in the 5th Century (hurling) First legal reference 1308 (Gaelic football) Suffered decline under British Rule Huge revival through nationalism in the 1800’s Foundation of GAA 1884 To preserve and promote our games, language and pastimes Gaelic Games: Origin - Revival - Part of society
  4. 4. © GAA  GAA Sports most popular in Ireland  2500 clubs - 20% of population are members  No. 1 sport for participation/spectators  300 community based coaches & administrators  1.5m paying spectators per annum in Ireland  Volunteer & Community based  Cultural and other aspects protected  Amateur Ethos Youth Development  Leader in sports science, research and player welfare Gaelic Games: Origin - Revival - Part of society
  5. 5. © GAA  Mission “The GAA is a community based volunteer organisation promoting Gaelic Games, culture and lifelong participation” Vision “Our vision is that everybody has the opportunity to be welcomed to take part in our games and culture, to participate fully, to grow and develop and to be inspired to keep a lifelong engagement with our Association” The GAA – Our Mission, Vision and Values
  6. 6. © GAA  Values Community Identity Amateur Status Inclusiveness Respect Player Welfare Teamwork The GAA – Our Mission, Vision and Values
  7. 7. GAA Activities  Very organised structure – Official Guide  Club & Regional representation at national level  Tens of thousands of games & events annually  Local & National Competitions at all ages  Annual €55m – all profits reinvested  National Coaching and Development Structures  Structure a cornerstone of growth
  8. 8. © GAA Gaelic Games in Continental Europe  1999 just 4 Clubs – 75 Clubs in 2014  20% annual increase for past five years  5,000 players  24 countries (excluding Ireland and UK)  Not just Irish emigrants but over 50 different nationalities playing our games
  9. 9. © GAA Gaelic Games in Continental Europe
  10. 10. Thank you for your attention

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