The player is central to the GAA and all of its’ activities. The skill and dedication of our players at all levels have captured the imagination of the public since the founding of the GAA and have been fundamental to the on-going success of the Association. The welfare of players is therefore of paramount importance to the GAA. During the development of the GAA’s Strategic Plan 2015-2017 a key objective was to raise awareness of Association policy concerning all our players within the Association.

Claregalway GAA takes the welfare of its’ players extremely seriously and is working towards establishing best practices in all facets of player welfare in accordance with Association policy.

A number of best practices are in place already including, AED availability at Knockdoemore and numerous people within the club trained in first aid and AED use.

For more on the associations policies please read here:



Claregalway GAA Players and Coaches/Mentors are covered by injury schemes which are operated by the National Governing Bodies (Camogie, Ladies Football and GAA). Details of each of the schemes are available below

To qualify for cover – 
You must be a fully-paid-up member of the Club
Your injury must have been sustained in an official Claregalway GAA match or training event.

Coaches are reminded that details of challenge matches must be advised to the County Board in advance.

You only claim when all other avenues have been exhausted.
You are reminded that these arrangements are not “insurance” policies. They are private schemes run by the relevant Games Associations and are “remedies of last resort”. In other words, claimants are expected to seek redress by all other available means before claiming under the Injury Scheme.

Other avenues open to seek redress include
– State Welfare Schemes
– Private Health Insurance (VHI, Irish Life Health, etc)
– Employer Schemes
– Revenue Commissioners (Tax Rebates & Reliefs)

All claims must be routed through the Club Secretary.
Failure to do so will inevitably lead to delays.

We encourage Players (or Parents of Juveniles) and Coaches to become familiar with the details – and limitations of these schemes and the procedures to be used.

GAA Injury Benefit Fund Overview


As a club with significant numbers of children partaking in various activities, Claregalway GAA is fully committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people. We do our utmost to take all practicable steps to safeguard children from any discernible forms of abuse, harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and we respect their rights, wishes, and feelings.


Children’s Officer

Children’s Officer: Peter Woods/Edel Noone

Email: ChildrensOfficer.claregalway.galway@gaa.ie


Designated Liason Officer

Designated Liason Officer: Peter Woods

Email: ChildrensOfficer.claregalway.galway@gaa.ie

The key role of the Club Children’s Officer is to ensure the implementation and promotion of the relevant Child Welfare and Protection Codes and Guidelines for good practice in the Club, so as to ensure that young people can participate, enjoy and benefit from our Gaelic Games in safe and enjoyable surroundings.  The GAA – Code of Behaviour is the agreed good practice reference and policy document that is central to guiding the Children’s Officer in their role.

The Children’s’ Officer also oversees the implementation of Garda Vetting checks, as appropriate, within the Club.

We would ask everyone involved with the club to support and cooperate with the Children’s’ Officer in their important duties.

If you are –

  • a Juvenile member who is worried about your treatment within the club


  • an adult member or parent who has  any concerns about the welfare of a child

you are urged to contact the Children’s Officer.  You can be assured you will be dealt with professionally and in the strictest confidence.

Important Links

Club Child Safeguarding Statement

GAA – further Information, Links & Contacts



Vetting in the GAA

The GAA has a long established principle of vetting any person who, on our behalf, works with children or vulnerable adults in our Association. This principle is enshrined in rule through our Code of of Behaviour (Underage) and has become part of the overall recruitment and selection process for those who wish to work with us in the GAA, in a voluntary or paid role.

Vetting services for the Association are currently overseen by the National Childrens Office in Croke Park while Comhairle Uladh acts on our behalf in coordinating AccessNI services.

Our international units are obliged to adhere to the legislative vetting and police background checks that are required in the jurisdiction in which they operate.

Vetting in the GAA is for a period of three years.

Who needs to be vetted?

The National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 – 2016 commenced on 29th April 2016 and from that date the Act provides a legislative basis for the mandatory vetting of persons who wish to undertake certain activities relating to children or vulnerable persons. In the GAA any person who carries out a role of responsibility such as coaching, managing or training underage teams that contain any player under 18 yrs. of age must be vetted. It also applies to organising underage activities or refereeing underage games.

How can you be vetted through the GAA?

The GAA Vetting System is now part of Foireann.

Step 1 Logging in to Foireann

You will need to create an account to begin the vetting process. Log in to Foireann

You will need to select the Club that you are a member of and wish to be vetted under. Your Club will then approve your membership.

If you have an account already or have difficulties in creating an account please contact Logging into Foireann – Gaelic Athletic Association

Step 2 Gaelic Games Vetting Invitation Form

Click here for guidance on how to complete Gaelic Games Vetting Invitation Form

Once you have logged into your account on Foireann please click on the Qualifications and Vetting tab and then click Apply to be Vetted. Please ensure your current details on your profile are correct. Please then select your Club and or Association you wish to be vetted for and the role you are applying for vetting. A list of roles can be found here.

It is a requirement by the Garda National Vetting Bureau that an individual seeking vetting is validated that the individual is who they say they are. Therefore, you must provide proof of your identity to be vetted. You must complete this requirement at the initial step of your application, failure to do so will see your application rejected.

It is now a requirement to upload a copy or screenshot of your Photo ID (passport or drivers’ licence) and a proof of your current address in the form of a Utility Bill (no more than 6 months old). You are also required to print and sign the Gaelic Game Vetting ID Validation Form and upload this a part of your vetting application. The full list of documents which are accepted for verification can be found here

Your Club Children’s Officer will then check your ID Documentation and your signed Gaelic Games Vetting ID Validation Form. If the documents are correct your application will be validated by your Club Children’s Officer and submitted to the GAA. If the documents are not correct your Club Children’s Officer will reject your application and you will be required to upload the correct documentation.

Please click here on how a Club Childrens Officer review the Gaelic Games Vetting Invitation Form

Step 3 Completing the National Vetting Bureau EVetting Application form

Once you complete the Gaelic Games Invitation Form the information provided is forwarded to the NVB by the GAA and you will receive an on-line NVB Vetting Form to complete. Please do not contact the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) regarding your application as they are unable to deal with individual requests from GAA applicants. If you have a query regarding your application, please contact the GAA and not the National Vetting Bureau.

The NVB will issue you with the NVB Vetting Application form. This will be issued to the email address you provided in your Gaelic Games Invitation Form.

Completing this form is a confidential matter between you and the NVB. All sections of the form including current and previous addresses, email address and contact telephone numbers, information on convictions and prosecutions (if any), plus other information will be required when completing the form.

Please ensure that if you have lived in an address in Northern Ireland that you enter the Postcode for the address.

Once all sections of the form have been answered this then completes your application process for E Vetting in the GAA and within a short period of time you shall be contacted by the GAA to informing you as to the outcome of the vetting application.

You and your Club Children’s Officer will be notified when the vetting process has been completed.

A person must be in receipt of a vetting acceptance letter before the person can commence their role.

Each of the three Gaelic Games Associations recognise each others vetting.

All GAA Vetting queries should be forwarded to evetting@gaa.ie

Revetting in the GAA

Vetting in the GAA is for a three-year period. If you are required to be revetted then you must complete a new application by completing Steps 1 to 3.

You will receive a reminder via Foireann if you are due to be revetted and your initial vetting took place on Foireann.

If you require further assistance with this process please contact Claregalway GAA’s Children’s’ Officer  (ChildrensOfficer.claregalway.galway@gaa.ie)