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New Strategic Plan Launched

GAA Handball launch Strategic Plan

GAA Handball have today launched a five-year strategic plan to lead the association until 2025.

The strategic plan is the culmination of many months of work by the Strategic Planning workgroup and will guide the Association over the next five years. Following a difficult 18 months for the Sport due to Covid-19 restrictions the plan is a welcome positive milestone and represents a path forward for the Association to reach it’s goals and grow the sport once more following the effects of the pandemic.

President Dessie Keegan spoke of his delight at seeing the Strategic Plan launched following an extensive period of consultation and work over the past number of months.

“I am delighted to launch our exciting new Strategic Plan today. The plan is the culmination of months of work and research and sets out an exciting path for our association. The core ambition of this Strategic Plan is straightforward – to increase participation and retention of players and volunteers. This Strategic Plan is being launched against the backdrop of one of the most extraordinary global events ever seen in human history, Covid-19. It is important to acknowledge the impact of this, however its more important to adapt to this situation and to overcome the challenge. This will require each of us to be open minded and willing to try new ideas.”

The plan addresses the key areas of:

  • Volunteer Development
  • Participation & Growth
  • Communications, Media & PR
  • Governance
  • Coaching & Development
  • Women in Sport
  • International

Headline targets in the plan include:

  • Development of a network of fully supported officials, coaches and administrators to effectively support all levels of the Association
  • Increased media coverage of key GAA Handball events in local and mainstream media
  • Development of Handball as a recreational sport.
  • Development of a balanced clár catering for all members and officials.
  • Increase staffing levels to support the growth of the game.
  • Continue the great work being done to grow and promote Women in Sport.
  • Increase financial investment from internal, commercial, public funding and sponsorship opportunities

National Manager John Kelly welcomed the plan and stressed the importance of all units buying into the plan to ensure it is a success.

“I am delighted to welcome this exciting new strategic plan for GAA Handball that will guide us as an association through the next number of years. Following what has been an extremely tough year for all involved in the sport due to Covid-19 it is vital that we have a plan such as this to help restrengthen our sport and maximise our potential in the years ahead. It is vital that all our units embrace this plan and work together and in the end the result will justify the effort with a stronger association for everyone.”

For more information on how you can join the journey with GAA Handball and to see the plan in full click here: 

Link to plan