Volunteering

‘Being part of the GAA is about being part of a strong tradition that prides volunteerism and our amateur ethos. Everyone involved in the GAA are there because they share in the passion for our games, love for our culture and desire to be part of Ireland’s largest sporting and cultural organisation.’

Investing in Volunteers

Since July 2011 Ulster GAA has held the Investing in Volunteers Standard, which is a well-known quality standard for good practice in volunteer management. Through the Investing in Volunteers process Ulster GAA was able to benchmark the quality of our volunteer management and involvement, prove and improve the effectiveness of our work with volunteers and enhance our organisation’s reputation.

GoldMark

Ulster GAA is a proud delivery partner of the GoldMark Programme, which is a programme led by Volunteer Now aimed at promoting and recognising sports volunteering for 14 to 24 years olds. GoldMark is a simple programme which requires young volunteers to keep a Volunteer Record, which is signed off by a club co-ordinator and Ulster GAA co-ordinator. It builds on the success of Millennium Volunteers and is part supported by the Department of Education .

Young sports volunteers are awarded for 50 hours, 100 hours and 200 hours of volunteering. The 200 hours award is an award of excellence signed by the Minister of Education.

GoldMark Awards can be used in job applications, and/or University/College applications.

Each year Ulster GAA encourages hundreds of young volunteers to participate in this programme and work with our sports colleagues in IFA and IRFU (Ulster Branch) to promote volunteering in sport.

For more information on the GoldMark Programme email sharon.haughey.ulster@gaa.ie or phone Sharon on 028 37217 180.

Translink Young GAA Volunteer Awards

Ulster GAA in association with Translink are recognising the valuable contribution young volunteers make to their GAA club, county and community.  These prestigious award compromise of monthly awards for young people, aged 14-24 years, who have made an outstanding volunteering contribution to the GAA during any given month.  An annual Translink Young GAA Volunteer of the Year will be selected by Ulster GAA President from the monthly winners.

Any club/county can nominate a young volunteer for an award by contacting sharon.haughey.ulster@gaa.ie or phoning Sharon on 028 37517 180.

Find out more information here – http://ulster.gaa.ie/youngvolunteeraward 

Volunteering Opportunities

Ulster Council is made up of a body of volunteers who oversee the promotion of Gaelic Games and Irish culture and heritage across Ulster. Their role as Ulster GAA Volunteers is to develop Gaelic Games across all the codes – football, hurling, camogie, rounders and handball. Ulster GAA is managed by volunteers and supported by a dedicated staff team.

There are various volunteering roles within Ulster GAA including: Ulster GAA Officers, Council Delegates, Committee Chairpersons, Committee Vice Chairs, Committee Secretary, Committee Members

In addition to these formal governance roles, Ulster GAA recruits volunteers in the following positions:
• Stewards – High quality stewarding is key for all our competitions and UIster GAA recruits and trains stewards of all ages. For more information contact: stephen.mcgeehan.ulster@gaa.ie
• Gate Volunteers – Reliable and trustworthy Gate volunteers are a must for all our games and competitions. Ulster GAA has a pool of trained gate volunteers who assist with matches and events. For more information contact: michelle.mcaleer.ulster@gaa.ie
• Championship Programme Sales Teams – Ulster GAA is responsible for recruiting Championship Programme Sales Teams for all our Championship fixtures. For more information contact: paul.mcgurk.ulster@gaa.ie
• Club Planner and Club Maith Facilitators – Ulster GAA recruits and trains a pool of facilitators to assist with club planning and the Club Maith process. This is a dedicated pool of volunteers who assist clubs to achieve their best in terms of governance and development. For more information contact: fiontann.odowd.ulster@gaa.ie

Useful Documents:
Ulster GAA’s Volunteer Policy, 2015-2018
Ulster GAA’s Volunteer Information Pack, 2015-2018

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