On Tuesday 27th June Ruairí Óg hosted a Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport Workshop.
It was a very successful evening with a fantastic turnout of 34 people. The workshop tutor was Paul Doherty from Antrim GAA who has extensive knowledge in this field, and provided important advice on good governance and best practice along with practical examples of what to do and what not to do.
Members of our neighbouring clubs Cushendun and Loughgiel also attended on the night and we were delighted to accommodate our fellow Gaels. We had two members from Cushendun and 4 from Loughgiel.
Those in attendance now have more knowledge and information to help assist with their club's creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for our children and young people whilst playing our games and learning about our culture.
Terrie Marie O' Connor (Mc Naughton) our Children's Officer said "It is vital that all volunteers within the club complete this training every three years". This was her first event that she organised in her role and was over the moon with the response and take up of places.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Terrie Marie on firstname.lastname@example.org or if you need to complete this training.
Club chairman, Aidan Mc Ateer, was encouraged by the range of volunteers who attended the training, we had coaches, mentors and managers from U6 teams to Senior teams, first aiders, Chairmen, club secretary, Health & Wellbeing Officer officer, Children's officer, trainers, cultural officer, club players, county players, camogiers, young volunteers, mature volunteers, experienced volunteers and recently recruited volunteers.
He said that he was well pleased by the great turnout and wanted to thank the trainer, Paul Docherty for taking the time to deliver the course and our also our own Children's Officer, Terrie Marie O' Connor (Mc Naughton) for all her hard work in organising the event and attracting such a large number of volunteers, who hopefully know more about the issues in this vitally important area. If the young people feel safe and enjoy their training, they hopefully come back for more.
Thanks to Terrie Marie for her report and Alex Emerson for the photographs.