GAA Post Primary Schools Strategy
Our Association has grasped with vigor the real need to chart a carefully planned path in the years ahead by developing realistic and carefully planned strategic plans over the last number years.
No level of the GAA has been exempt from this ambitious and vital process, with Clubs, Counties, Provinces and our various other sub-sections all devising plans that complement the National Vision we set out in 2009.
I am delighted to see that the National Post Primary Schools Council has put such a fine plan in place. It is clear that a great amount of work has been put in to developing this strategy with many people contributing.
The presence and vibrancy of our games in our post primary schools has made an enormous contribution to our Association
over the years.
The level of commitment from dedicated teachers who give of their time freely to foster our native games in their respective
schools is hugely admirable and in turn legions of players have responded by wearing their school jerseys with distinction
ensuring competitions for us to savour and remember.
Our schools play a vital role in the development of young men and women who go on to play such a vital role in Irish life. The
transition from childhood to adulthood is so important and the safe and positive environment our schools provide should never
Of equal importance is the incalculable role that our teachers play in this setting, never moreso than now in light of the
challenges which go hand in hand with the promotion of extra-curricular activities in an era of tightening budgets.
In the earlier days of the Association it is difficult to over-estimate the key role they – both lay and religious – played in
fostering a love for our games and activities.
Hopefully this roadmap will help all of those who oversee tireless work on our behalf as well as outlining to the students
themselves the crucial role the school sector plays in the health of the Association as a whole.
As you would expect, this document is both challenging and innovative but, crucially, has the potential to serve as a launch pad
for the GAA to strengthen even further its place in the post primary school sector.
Of course challenges and obstacles await. However, the development of plans such as this will ensure that we are well equipped
to meet them head on.
I acknowledge those who have had an input into this document and urge everyone involved with post primary GAA and with an
interest in our Association to lend their support to a project that has the potential to leave our games, and by extension the
GAA, on an even stronger footing in the years ahead.
Ar aghaidh len ár gcluichí.
Criostóir Ó Cuana
Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael