The Chairperson is the principal officer of a GAA Club. As well as chairing Club Executive Committee and other Club meetings, the Chairperson has prime responsibility for ensuring that the Club is a well organised, well managed and an active unit.
The Chairperson should be dedicated to the job, have good communication skills, have the ability to delegate key tasks and above all, be a person of integrity in the community. The contribution of the Club Chairperson to the effective working of a Club can never be underestimated.
The main duties of the Club Chairperson are summarised as follows:
Provide leadership and management in the Club
Hold effective Club meetings
Uphold the Club constitution
Plan ahead for the Club
Delegate tasks to Club members
Uphold the mission, vision and values of the GAA
The Vice-Chairperson would act as second in command to the Chairperson and they may be regarded as a training post of a future Chairperson. The Vice-Chairperson should be given specific duties i.e. Chair of any important sub-committee like any other Club Officer along with the obvious one of taking the place of an absent Chairperson. The role of Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson will sync together and it is crucial that they work as a team with the rest of the Club Executive Committee.
The Secretary is the chief administrator in the Club. The duties of the role are many and varied and call for a high degree of dedication. The Secretary has more to do with the practical running of the Club than any other officer. He/she should be a good organiser, be methodical and above all, be reliable. The duties dovetail with those of the Chairperson and it is essential that both officers work as a team of which the Secretary will very often be the more active person.
The overall role of the Treasurer is to ensure that all financial matters within the Club are managed correctly and efficiently. He / she must ensure that proper books of accounts along with proper controls and procedures are in place and adhered to. He / she should ultimately be responsible for all financial matters relating to the Club.
The role of the Club PRO / Communications Officer is to the GAA community and across the county and to present a positive image of the Association and our games. He / she should establish good relations with all local media and where appropriate national media. They should provide regular updates on fixtures, results and information on all other Club activity across a variety of traditional and digital channels.
The Club Registrar is responsible for ensuring that the Club is up to date in the registration of players and members. A Club is required to complete two registrations each year, the registration of Full and Youth Members and the registration of Players in accordance with rule 2.2 and 2.3 of the Official Guide.
The Players’ Representative is the officer on the Club Committee with responsibility for relaying player issues to the Executive Committee, disseminating Club information back to the players and encouraging players to become actively involved in non-playing aspects of the Club.
All Clubs are obliged on an annual basis to appoint Designated Liaison Person, known as the DLP, who on behalf of the Clubs shall be responsible at an initial stage for dealing with any concerns relating to the possible abuse of children as reported or made known to them.
The role of the DLP should not be confused with that of the Club Children’s Officer. They are in essence two distinct roles with the Children’s Officer dealing primarily with the Code of Behaviour (Underage), with vetting, safeguarding training of coaching personnel and others while the DLP is charged with assisting in the collation of information and the reporting of allegations and concerns of abuse in the Club.
The County Board Representative is a key role within all clubs, reporting to the County Board with any concerns and disputes. The Representative also relaying information from the County Board back to the Club’s Executive Committee.
The LGFA County Board Representative is a key role within all clubs, reporting to the County Board with any concerns and disputes. The Representative also relaying information from the County Board back to the Club’s Executive Committee.
The Coaching Development Officer’s main role is to promote and improve coaching within the club at all levels.