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GAA launches new Strategic Plan – Fís Shoiléir 2021

The GAA today unveiled an ambitious set of goals for the next three years. Fís Shoiléir 2021 positions the GAA to:

  • Achieve a better balance between club and county fixtures
  • Counter challenges and capitalise on opportunities presented by population shifts
  • Enhance integration across the Gaelic games family
  • Mitigate inter-county team preparation and administration challenges
  • Revamp specialised and personal development opportunities for volunteers and administrators
  • Streamline administration at club and county levels
  • Sustain its amateur status value
  • Strengthen communication of organisational messages

Uachtarán CLG, John Horan said: “The GAA launched an extensive effort last year to determine our organisation-wide goals for the next three years. This Strategic Plan is the culmination of six month’s work and consultation by a Steering Group which employed various methods with many stakeholders such as our members and volunteers, as well as external parties. Fís Shoiléir 2021 sets out a clear vision for our future and sets the agenda for strategic actions that will have a positive impact at all levels of the Association. It is a timely commitment to our longer-term strategy for sustaining and growing the GAA.”

The plan has five goals – to improve participation, to transform the development of volunteers, to advance governance, revamp communication, and grow the Association. The achievement of these goals will help the GAA achieve its mission, as a community-based volunteer organisation to promote Gaelic games, culture and lifelong participation.

Ard-Stiúrthóir CLG, Tom Ryan said: “Achievement of the goals and objectives in the Strategic Plan will be one of my top priorities between now and 2021, and implementation is already underway. Robust structures have been established to assist implementation, such as the establishment of a Strategic Implementation Committee which will meet regularly to monitor the creation and implementation of operational plans set by those with lead responsibility for delivering the various objectives.”

He stressed that achieving results will include a team effort from various sectors of its membership at club, county, provincial and central levels. He also emphasised that the Association will continue to address other priorities in an operational manner and respond to emerging ones as required.

The Steering Group members were:

Seán Ó hOráin (Uachtarán)

Cathal Mac Coille (Journalist " Áth Cliath)

Ciarán McLaughlin (Provincial Treasurer " Cúige Uladh)

Colin Regan (Community and Health Manager " Páirc an Chrócaigh)

Eddie Sullivan (Former Club Chairperson " Áth Cliath)

Eilís Kavanagh (Camogie Association Representative " Loch Garman)

Larry McCarthy (Former County Chairperson " Nua-Eabhrac)

Noel Connors (Club and County Player " Port Láirge)

Páraic Duffy (Ard-Stiúrthóir CLG until 31 March 2018)

Paula Prunty (Operations and Planning Manager " LGFA)

Seán Dunnion (Former County Chairperson " Dún na nGall)

Shane Flanagan (Provincial Operations Manager " Cúige Laighean)

Tom Ryan (Ard-Stiúrthóir CLG since 2 April 2018)

Ruairí Harvey (Organisational Development Manager " Páirc an Chrócaigh)

For more information, visit: http://www.gaa.ie/the-gaa/administration/strategic-plan

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