How GAA continues on its journey of welcoming all members of our communities into our Association

This is the title of a presentation by Ryan Feeney, Head of Community Development, Strategy and Public Affairs, Maura McMenamin, Club & Community Development Officer Ulster GAA to be given at the conference Enterprise and Collaboration The way forward for community sport and physical activity across all-Ireland held on 11th March 2015 at W5, Odyssey Centre, Belfast

This is a one-day event focussing on how community sports providers can meet the challenges and benefit from new opportunities created by changes in people’s lives, the political landscape and the economic situation.

 The presentation will cover Ulster GAA sits as one of four provincial bodies of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). The GAA is the world’s largest volunteer sporting, cultural and community organisation with over 1.2 million members and 3000 clubs located in 54 countries worldwide. Our mission is to promote Gaelic games, culture and lifelong participation to all our members. We are dedicated to ensuring that our family of Games, and the values we promote, enrich the lives of our members, families and the communities we serve. The GAA Club is the smallest but most important unit of our Association, and it is at this grassroots level that the GAA can have the greatest impact on community relations.

Given our history and our strong cultural tradition it is no wonder that most of the GAA membership on the island of Ireland is made up of members with a Catholic / Nationalist / Republican background. This has in many ways strengthened the cultural traditions of the Association, but has also presented the Association with challenges in terms of appealing to people from other communities. In more recent decades these challenges have been put to the fore and the GAA continues on its journey of welcoming all members of our communities into our Association.

For further information about this event contact Svend Elkjaer on 01423 326 660 or email svend@smnuk.com or go to http://www.smnuk.org/#/events-2015/4574426035

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