Foreign Nationals

halftimegame.jpgIt’s estimated that by the year 2020, one-person-in-five in Ireland will have migrated here from somewhere else or have been born to migrant parents.

As Irish people, we have the clearest understanding of what it’s like to have to go abroad to make a better life. And we know how important even the smallest word or gesture of welcome is when you get there.

The GAA is about being open and welcoming to all members of our communities. If you’re living here, no matter what you background, we’re interested in you!

Over the past few years there has been a huge influx of foreign nationals into Ulster . These people are already bringing a lot to our society in terms of workforce and adding to the cultural diversity. However the G.A.A. recognises that these communities have the potential to make a sporting contribution also. With this in mind , a new initiative “Have A Go” days have been launched by the Ulster council with the aim of encouraging non nationals to participate in our national games.

The project will hopefully have mutual benefits for our new citizens it will provide a great opportunity to integrate and socialise more fully and for us a wider pool of potential talent for which to draw than ever before . Over the coming months a number of “Have A Go” days and fun blitzes will take place in various towns and cities throughout Ulster , allowing foreign nationals to experience gaelic games at first hand. Regional Development Officers are currently liasing with community groups and targeting workplaces and social venues in an effort to ensure information is made available to ethnic minorities about these events in their own language.

Regional Development Officers are also available to meet with clubs or individuals regarding information or ideas on attracting foreign nationals in their area.

For more information, contact Paul Callaghan (pcallaghan@ulster.gaa.ie / 0 (+353) 86 8066166)

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