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Games Development Manager (Carlow)

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Games Development Manager (Carlow)

Cumann Lúthchleas Gael is Ireland’s leading sporting and cultural organisation with membership approaching one million people and in excess of 500,000 playing participants at all levels. Inspired by its amateur status and supported by the voluntary efforts of all its members, the GAA devotes its entire resources to the development of Gaelic Games and Culture nationally and in local communities.  

Leinster GAA is the Provincial Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) sports of hurling, Gaelic Football, Camogie, Rounders and Handball in the province of Leinster.    

Role Profile:    

The role holder is responsible for the implementation of GAA Games Development Policy within County Carlow, by developing and delivering a comprehensive County Games Development Plan on an annual basis with the assistance of the steering groups’ active in the County. The role holder shall be the lead Games Development Executive within the County and serve as Secretary of the County Games Development Committee. The objective of this work will be to generate an increase in the participation rates and the standards amongst the population in the region.  

Key tasks:  

1. Production of an Annual Games Development Plan for the County, which will outline in detail the quantifiable objectives and priorities for the Games Development Team in the County, including the development and provision of:

Games Opportunities:   A regular programme of games appropriate to the age and ability of the various playing groups at Child/Primary, Youth/Secondary and Adult/Third Level.

Skill Development Initiatives:   Coaching and skill development initiatives appropriate to the age and ability of the various playing groups at

Child/Primary, Youth/Secondary and Adult/Third Level.

Education Programmes:   Programmes of courses and workshops appropriate to the

requirements of Coaches, Administrators and Referees to fulfill their various functions in a Games Development context.

Support Initiatives:  Initiatives to support the development of a sustainable sports system by managing the identification, recruitment and training of key personnel within Clubs, Schools and Counties to effectively develop Gaelic Games in the community.

2. Manage and review the performance of all County Games Development personnel responsible for the implementation of the Annual Games Development Plan on a day to day basis. This

will involve the identification of individual targets and goals, and the evaluation of performance on an on-going basis.

3. Evaluate the outcomes, effectiveness and efficiency of the Annual Games Development Plan through use of the GAA Games Development Information Management System (MIS) and qualitative reviews, and propose change as necessary.

4. Prepare and manage a budget of income and expenditure and maintain accurate and up to date records of all grant and subsidy schemes.

5. Maintain key lines of communication with Clubs, Schools and relevant Community groups, in particular Cosite na nÓg, Cumann na mBunscol and County Post-Primary Committee, to ensure the effective promotion of Gaelic Games through Club, School and Community links.

6. Under the direction of the Head of Operations and the Provincial Games Development Manager, and in conjunction with the designated resource in Croke Park, establish and maintain effective partnerships with key local stakeholders, partners, other agencies and sponsors, i.e. Local Sports Partnerships, County Council etc. in order to ensure that the GAA solicit the maximum support and funding available in promoting and growing the Association at local level.

7. Coordinate an annual audit of Clubs and Schools in relation to Player Development, Coaching Standards, Facilities and Resources and work with the County Board team in the development of new units across these areas in line with the County Development plan objectives.

8. Liaise with National and Provincial Games Development Personnel and attend meetings and personnel training as required, to support the development of the function and the role.

9. Complete any other duties as may reasonably be assigned by the Provincial Games Development Manager, Designated County Officer or the County Games Development Committee.


Essential Criteria:  

  • At least 3-5 years’ experience of working in the GAA or similar sporting organisation (Voluntary or Professional Capacity);
  • Minimum Level 1 GAA Coaching Qualification;
  • Appropriate third level qualification (Level 7 NFQ);
  • Clear and detailed knowledge and experience of the GAA’s coaching schemes and initiatives;
  • Excellent administrative and IT skills with a strong working knowledge of IT related packages and systems;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and a strong ability to work in high-pressure situations;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (verbal and written);
  • Demonstrably excellent leadership skills and influencing ability;
  • Excellent ability to manage people/resources and build and sustain good team relationships and manage conflict;
  • Strong leadership and decision-making skills;
  • Excellent negotiation skills;
  • Strong organisational skills and demonstrable ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities; hands-on approach to getting things done;
  • Ability to clearly present goals and direction.  

Other Requirements:  

  • Own car with a full clean driving licence;
  • Ability to work and attend evening and weekend meetings/activities in addition to normal day to day activities.


Candidates interested in the above role should apply by sending an up to date cover letter and Curriculum Vitae through jobs.ie HERE on or before 3pm, Wednesday 16th March 2022.  


Please note the post is subject to Garda Vetting.  


Leinster GAA is an equal opportunities employer.  



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