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: Tony Goldrick

Email: ChildrensOfficer.claregalway.galway@gaa.ie


Designated Liason Officer

Designated Liason Officer: Tony Goldrick

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



Please find below a step by step guide on how to apply for Garda E-Vetting within the GAA.

Step By Step Guide

  1. The applicant clicks this Garda E-Vetting Application Form link, which opens an online form in another screen. This is to be filled out with as much information as possible, including all the sections marked with the red asterisk* – You do not need to fill in your GAA Membership number.
  2. Towards the end of this first form you will be asked to verify your identity. There are two ways to do this:

2a.  Fill out this Garda E-Vetting ID  form and hand it to your Clubs Children’s Officer, with a copy of a photographic ID and a utility bill. The Club Children’s Officer holds on to this information until the applicant has been vetted, then this documentation must be securely destroyed or passed back to the applicant.


2b. Show this documentation (photographic ID and a utility bill) to your Club Children’s Officer, then scan it in and attach it to the application as noted in the last point on the online form.

* Please note the acceptable forms of Identification are listed on the 2nd page of the ID form. You will see that each item has a score marked beside it, you must provide Identification up to a minimum score of 100 points.

  1. When you complete the form and hit ‘Submit’ it will generate a reference number, you will then receive an email with a document similar to the Application Form, this will contain all your details along with your application reference number. Your own Club Secretary will also receive an email at this time to inform them that you have applied for Vetting under that Clubs name.
  2. The information you submitted will then be verified by the National GAA Garda Clerical Officer, who will in turn email you back one further and final online form to complete.  Please be advised that you must have access to the email address provided on the first form as this will be used for all correspondence to you from either the GAA or An Garda Siochana.
  3. Applicants under the age of 18 and over the age of 16 will also have to fill out a Parental Consent Form– this will be required when filling out the final form(Link to Blank Sample).
  4. Upon receipt of this final form the GAA Garda Vetting office will process your application. As noted above any replies or queries will be emailed ONLY to the address you submitted on the first form.
  5. When your application is successful, your Garda vetting clearance letter will be emailed to both you and your club secretary. Your club secretary must contact your club childrens’ officer and inform them of the decision. YOU MUST EMAIL A COPY OF YOUR VETTING LETTER TO YOUR CLUB CHILDRENS OFFICER. At this time the club Children’s’ Officer must either return the ID’s or securely destroy them.

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