Role of Club/School Link officer

Role of a Club School Link officer


Establishing School–Club links gives young people the opportunity to continue participating in worthwhile sporting and physical activity throughout their lives. It allows youngsters to make the most of their experiences in both settings, to try out new sports, feel comfortable in a club setting and as a result makes them more likely to continue participating once they leave school.

Why should we make them?

  • Most communities do not know what clubs are in their area - personal contact is the best way to promote your club. Posters are not enough!
  • Youngsters are more likely to get involved if they know what they're dealing with– if they have already seen club coaches in the familiar surroundings of their school they are more likely to attend the club! (As they already know the coach!)

Main duties of a club/school link officer:

  • The club/school link officer is also responsible for arranging a meeting with the School Principal and club delegates. The purpose of this meeting is to build/maintain relationships between the school and the club, and to show the School Principal the club's underage polices and structures.
  • Ensure that the "Antrim Heads of Agreement” have been signed by the School Principal/PE Co-ordinator and Club Chairperson and that the School, Club and Antrim Games Manager has a copy.
  • Promote and advise the school and pupils of relevant club events and activities for the pupils by establishing a GAA club notice board in the school, information leaflets for parents and making regular school visits wearing club colours.
  • Organise or liaise with the school in running a festival/display at the school
  • Organise or liaise with the school in running a club open day/fun day at the school
  • Provide coaches to assist with the extracurricular after-school programme (even if it's just one term or once per term)
  • Link with the Antrim's County Board coaches or DENI staff working within your feeder schools.
  • Tell the schools about their pupil's or club's achievements (e.g. in a school newsletter)
  • Advise school of relevant events and activities that might attract youngsters to the club
  • Provide officials for some school fixtures /tournaments
  • Make school visits
  • Provide the school with letters of support for funding applications
  • Where possible assist the school with the provision of club facilities in catering for school events e.g. Sports day or school matches.
  • Where possible provide the school with some financial assistance e.g. equipment or transport to matches.
  • Invite the Principal, local school staff and the Board of Governors to club events.
  • Encourage the children and their families to get involved in Gaelic Games by hosting "welcome day/nights” to introduce and promote the club to the community and communicating the many ways families can be involved with the club.
  • Vital to keep communication channels open between club, school and Antrim County Board. Liaise regularly with the club committee on the developments of their club/school link and also with the Antrim Coaching and Games Manager.
What makes a club – school link effective and successful?

When a school and a GAA club are working well together, they:

  • Talk to each other regularly
  • Communicate well with young people and parents
  • Respect each other
  • Have a shared vision and approach
  • Find ways of enabling young people to take part in club activities
  • Agree expectations and goals
  • Build on what young people learn in both settings
  • Recognise, share and celebrate achievements
  • Share and develop teaching and coaching expertise
  • Share facilities, equipment and resources
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of other parties that contribute to and support the school – club link