St. Michael's GAC Magheralin

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Did you know that young volunteers within your club can get a recognised award through Ulster GAA and the Dept. of Education?

The strength of our clubs and the strength of the entire GAA is based on the number of people that are prepared to volunteer their time and efforts for the greater benefit of their community.
Ulster GAA is promoting the efforts of young volunteers who help out at their clubs, school teams and county boards through the ‘GoldMark’ Programme.

GoldMark is a dynamic programme aimed at promoting and recognising sports volunteering for 14 to 24 year olds. Run in conjunction with Volunteer Now and the Dept. of Education, GoldMark aims to recognise the volunteering efforts of young people in sport.

The programme involves the participants completing either 50, 100 or 200 hours of quality voluntary activity within their GAA club. This activity is logged by volunteers in their own personal Volunteer Record Book which can be signed off by a club official. Once the volunteer has achieved one of the three levels their logbook can be submitted and a certificate will be issued to recognise their efforts.

The GoldMark scheme has many benefits for young volunteers in our GAA clubs:
• Provides an opportunity to develop learning and discover new skills
• Looks great on their CV
• Helps gain experience relevant to a future career
• Recognises volunteer as an active citizen within their sport
• Offers the opportunity to meet new people, have a laugh and gain confidence

Click on the link below to watch a video of young volunteers experiences of GoldMark:
Being involved in a sporting organisation gives young people an opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge across a vast range of areas including: team mentoring, , PR and communications, working with children, coaching, teamwork and much more. All the skills developed through volunteering are transferable to the work environment and will help those involved in GoldMark when it comes to applying for jobs, college or university, while at the same time strengthening the Association at grassroots level.

The GAA is an Association for everyone, regardless of age, gender or ability. The GoldMark scheme puts the spotlight on the hundreds of young people who volunteer in their clubs. It’s about showing value to our young members highlighting that the work they undertake as volunteers is making a significant impact to their club and local community.

Any club interested in getting involved in this programme should contact Ulster GAA GoldMark Co-ordinator Fionntán O’Dowd on 02837517180 or email

Cúl Camp Coaches Required

As we draw near to the summer, Down GAA are seeking expressions of interest from people who may be interested in joining the coaching staff at this year's Kellogg's Cúl Camps.
The Cúl Camps are an integral part of the Down GAA calendar with over 3000 children attending on an annual basis.

We are looking for enthusiastic people who have a genuine interest in Coaching Gaelic Games to children. Candidates must be over 16 years of age and MUST have completed a minimum of GAA Child Protection Training and a Foundation GAA Coaching Award.

We are seeking two types of applicants:

1 - Assistant Camp Coaches
Assistant coaches are those aged 16 & 17 who have little coaching experience but who are keen to learn from the more experienced coaches on camp. Assistant coaches are generally deployed in week's which are very busy, thus meaning additional help is required.

2 - Kellogg's Cúl Camp Coaches
Cul Camp Coaches must be aged 18 and above. These are individuals who are actively involved in coaching within their own clubs and schools. Kellogg's Cúl Camp coaches must have the ability to organise and deliver progressive and fun activities to young children aged between 5 and 13 years. Coaches must have access to a form of transport if and when required.

Down GAA is not in a position to guarantee anyone a full summer of work and an expression of interest does not guarantee anyone employment.

In the interest of the children attending the camps, Down GAA will utilise the best coaches at our disposal at all times.

Anyone wishing to apply for either a coaching assistant or Cúl Camp Coach position should complete the attached form and return to Conor O'Toole  VIA EMAIL, no later than May 9th 2014. (Details below). 


Applcation Form - Click Here

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Conchúr O'Tuathaíl

Bainisteoir Forbartha na gCluichí An Duín

Conor O'Toole
Down Games Development Manager
028437 70880 / 07718991314

FREE 1:1 Business Start Up Sessions

Dear Colleague

Do you know any young people who:

• Are aged 18-30?
• Have a business idea or would like to explore self-employment?
• Live in a rural area in Northern Ireland?

We are offering a limited number of 1:1 consultation sessions for young people who want to further develop their business idea by giving them the tools and the confidence to make it a reality.

Please complete the attached nomination form and return to by Tuesday 15th April and we will follow up with the young person.



The Advantage Team 

2014 Down GAA Golf Classic

Extra Time: Down GAA Newsletter

The latest edition of Extra Time, Down GAA's newsletter, can be accessed clicking here.

Volunteers / Coaches Required

St Michaels GAC, Magheralin are seeking dedicated, committed, determined and aspiring  volunteer / volunteers who are willing to learn and share new skills to work as a child / youth coach for the club. The successful candidate / candidates will be working alongside youth team mentors and with young people at the club.
St Michaels GAC will cover the cost of the course which consists of Child Protection, Foundation Award and Level 1 Child / Youth Football Award (Level 1 is in 3 parts over 3 days).   
Please indicate your interest by emailing no later than 12 noon Friday 14/02/2014

WADE Training Opportunites

Please see below details and attachments regarding training opportunities organised by WADE Training.  If interested contact can be made directly with WADE and mention that you learned about this through TADA.

The eligibility criteria for both groups is to have only one GCSE Grade C or above or one Level 2 and to be unemployed and not in training or education.

  • For the 16-18 year olds the courses are Literary, Numeracy and ICT only and they are free.
  • For the 19+ group they can also avail of Literacy, Numeracy and ICT free but can do other courses at a concessionary cost.


Cardiac Screening

If anyone is interested, please contact Saval GAC directly, at the details below.

A Chara,

Dear All,

Saval will be hosting a cardiac Screening on the Saturday 15th Feb, to be held in Saval Sports & Leisure complex.  I would like to extend an invite to all members of your club should anyone wish to attend.

There is a £35 charge to each person wishing to be screened. Screening is open to anyone aged 14 and over as the heart does not develop until this age.

The time is yet to be confirmed as we a waiting to arrange in relation to the numbers attending.

If anyone is interested it would be greatly appreciated if you could contact me with any names. feel free to pass on my contact details if anyone would like to book a place directly with me.

I have attached a patient survey and information on the screening should anyone wish the study them.

Many Thanks

Christopher McConville

Críostóir Mac Conmhaoil      

Runái Sabhall C.L.G

Patient Survey Link

Patient Information Link