Return to Training Plans
In line with the Government Roadmap re Covid 19, the GAA has produced its own guidelines and advice via the Covid Advisory Group. These provide advice on the resumption of GAA activities and have been communicated to club officer personnel. Club personnel will in turn disseminate the relevant information to those involved in training teams etc. to minimise risk and to ensure a safe return to training and playing games.
At Executive Committee level in Naomh Olaf attention is being given at present to preparing facilities, scheduling activities, educating club members and appointing and educating Covid Supervisors in advance of Phase 3 on 29 June.
A series of live Club Briefings covering common questions are being held – the recording and slides from the first webinar on 16 June are now available at https://learning.gaa.ie/covid19learning
Each team will appoint a Covid Supervisor, normally from among its mentors, whose function will be to co-ordinate and ensure adherence to the responsibilities of players and team personnel before pitches open for small group training (adult and juvenile) on 29th June.
Players / team personnel / Covid Supervisors and Club Officers must complete the Covid-19 Club Education eLearning module around the Return to Play protocols. This is now available. It takes 20 minutes to complete. It must be done before returning to training/games. Please follow this linkl https://courses.gaa.ie/Covid19ClubEd
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All players and team personnel will be required to complete a Health Questionnaire (online preferably) once and this will be available to their team's Covid Supervisor prior to return to small group training on 29 June. This online system has been put in place jointly by the GAA, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) and the Camogie Association and GDPR requirements will be observed. Subsequent to the completion of the Health Questionnaire for the first training session, players and team personnel will be required to simply sign to confirm no change to their circumstances at each subsequent training session. In the case of juvenile players, Health Questionnaire responsibilities may be carried out by a parent / guardian. The Health Questionnaire will be available next week.
Educational resources such as advice documents, posters, videos and FAQs covering topics like equipment and supplies for Clubs, and facility checklists are available at https://learning.gaa.ie/covid19resources
During Phase 3 of the Government roadmap, training for our club teams can recommence for Under 8s to Minors from the 29th June and this will hopefully continue through July and August. New members for these squads for girls and boys born from 2010 upwards will also be very welcome.
It is hoped to restart the Academy in August once every measure has been put in place in accordance with the guidelines and, of course, new recruits as well as familiar faces will be welcome to attend.
Pitches will open for small group, non-contact training from June 29. These will be groups of 10 with 2 coaches / mentors (in the case of girls / ladies teams, one at least must be female). Players will arrive togged as clubhouse facilities (except toilets) will not be available. Each player & mentor should have completed the online Health Questionnaire. Only players and team management will be permitted entry to grounds. Social distancing requirements must be observed. There should be no sharing of personal equipment and particular note should be taken of personal water bottles. Players will disperse promptly after training concludes.
Contact training (including challenge games) are permitted from 20 July. Club games will commence from 31 July. Buildings will remain closed. Further information re spectators will be communicated.
Access to facilities will be permitted from 10 August. Full county training will be permitted from 14 September with intercounty match schedules from 17 October.
It is in the interest of all Naomh Olaf members that the guidelines laid out above are followed to the letter. Alterations to these guidelines may occur, largely dependent on Government advice.
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