GAA Handball's new quality standards programme for Handball Clubs across Ireland, "Club Iontach" is now live and ready for applications!
The programme was devised to help guide clubs to achieve minimum operating standards in core areas, aimed at improving all aspects of club development, and was officially launched at last weekends National Club Forum at Croke Park.
GAA Handball are confident that there is something in this document that all Clubs can learn from as they continuously endeavour to create positive sporting experiences in a safe, enjoyable and supportive environment.
Upon the release, National Development Office Darragh Daly commented:
"The role of the Club is the lifeblood of our association, and we are indebted to our volunteers. It is within the Club that future generations of Handball players are introduced to the sport, where countless hours are spent coaching, playing, volunteering and inspiring a life time of positive experiences and involvement in GAA Handball. With all this in mind, GAA Handball have taken the initiative to provide our Clubs with this resource document to assist them to continue to evolve and strive for excellence."
A dedicated Club Iontach section on this website has also been developed to help guide clubs through this accreditation process, via a large resource repository of guidance documents and sample templates to help simplify the process for Clubs.
So what are the Benefits....
- Enhance Club's ability to attract new members, as both players and administrators
- Improve the Club's overall sustainability and effectiveness
- Raises the bar in terms of Club standards across the country, which will in turn lead to better structures, competitions and an overall stronger association for all members
- Receive a "Club Iontach Accredited Club" Display Plaque for your Club at a national event, to showcase the excellent work the Club is doing in promoting GAA Handball
- Club Feature to be published on national website
The Core Areas:
- Club Management
- Communications, Image & PR
- Coaching & Development
How to get started?
- Club Contact to register the club by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Details will be sent to the club to logon to the Club Iontach portal.
- Submissions must be completed via the online Club Iontach portal.
- A hard-copy of the document and checklist will be distributed to every GAA Handball Club Secretary this week, and can also be distributed on request.
Club Support Officer Pauric Dowdall commented:
"There is no deadline for completion, instead Clubs can work at their own pace for Accreditation. We are confident that all Clubs who sign up will reap the rewards and inevitably grow stronger as a Club. The development staff at GAA Handball are on hand for guidance when required."