ETS for Youth Equality onsite testing activities in Ireland

Special Olympics Europe Eurasia in cooperation with the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) tested the “Inclusion Guide for Youth Workers and Sport trainers” in Ireland during the period May to September 2021.

The guide was created in the framework of the ETS for Youth Equality project.

  1. Coaching Training day

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) Diversity and inclusion officer in the period May – July ran a joined staff and volunteer training to deliver and test the Educational through sport methodology and toolkit designed at the joint staff meeting/training in Italy, part of the ETS for Youth Equality project activities.

The Participants were sports coaches, trainers, parents and volunteers who work with young people practicing sports and are living with a disability or impairments.

Our coaching is an interactive process that is designed to help individuals to develop rapidly and understand the needs of the children and adults we coach or train. It is related and focused on improving performance or behaviour. It is a goal-orientated form of personally tailored learning for all of our volunteers. The essential features of coaching are SMART goal specific, action orientated, personally tailored approach to learning. It utilises feedback and offers some objectivity educational activity. We supported coaches and participants with soft skills and positive attitudes enhancing their personal development, the propensity to participate in further learning and continuous training and the ability to enhance social inclusion of disabled or impaired young people.

  1. Inclusion camps & National inclusion Fitness Day

GAA Inclusion camps took place in Dublin, Louth, Wexford in July – August with staff were happy to use the “Inclusion Guide for Youth Workers and Sport trainers” and use all the Education through Sport for Youth Equality project resources for there activities with young people with a disability or an impairments. We would like to thank all the GAA county staff, sports coaches, trainers and volunteers for all of their great cooperation on this phase of the project. The coaches and volunteers continue to use the resources in the ALL stars Inclusive club sports team in their local clubs. Many GAA clubs used the resources in their National Inclusion fitness day on the 23rd of September to celebration European week of Sport, this is an annual event in the GAA calendar.

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