COVID-19 Return To Play

Covid-19 Guidelines

On Tuesday 11 May 2021 the GAA updated advice to clubs and counties for activities that are permissible and not permissible until further notice.  The following is relevant to NCWGAA club activities:

Adult and Underage Training: From Monday, May 10th, both adult and underage training are permitted on a full contact basis in pods of 15 for all Gaelic Games teams in the 26 Counties. Games (including challenge games) will not be permitted until June 7th.

Indoor use of facilities: Use of indoor facilities for GAA activity is not permitted.  Gym facilities must remain closed (exception: A player on an inter county panel may use their relevant Club Gym for individual training as long as they are following the advice in the Inter County Return to Training and Play document)

Click here for further details on the latest restrictions.

Covid-19: Safe Return to Gaelic Games Guidelines

Newcastle West GAA request that all Club Officers, Coaches, Players, and Parents read this document - available here - to inform themselves on the guidance and recommendations for the safe resumption of Gaelic Games activity.  All players must be fully paid up before resumption of training.  Please use our online facility to pay membership for this season.   

Club Education Programme

On 12 June, the GAA announced details of the Covid-19 Club Education Programme. This includes three parts:

  1. A series of live Club Briefings covering common questions. The recording and slides from the first webinar on 16 June - available here
  2. An eLearning module which Clubs should ensure everyone has completed before entering Club facilities for training or games – available here 
  3. Educational resources such as advice documents, posters, videos and FAQs covering topics like equipment and supplies for Clubs, and facility checklists – available here

eLearning Module

We wish to draw particular attention to the eLearning module – available here – which needs to be completed by anyone entering Club facilities for training sessions/games, especially all Covid Supervisors/Club Officers, Players/Parents or Guardians of Underage Players, and Team Personnel. It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and can be accessed at any time via any PC, mobile or tablet device. Those who pass a simple quiz will be able to generate a Certificate of completion which they can print or take a screengrab of to show Covid Supervisors they are compliant for teams they are involved with before their initial return.

Health Questionnaire

Adult players, parents/guardians of underage players and team personnel will be required to complete the online Health Questionnaire – available here – once prior to their return to GAA Activities.  Using the same system, Adult players, parents/guardians of underage players and team personnel will be required to declare, before each training session/game, that their health status has not changed.  Please refer to the Return-to-Play-FAQ - click here - for answers to some common queries.

Safe Return to Gaelic Games briefings

GAA Director of Player, Club, and Games Administration, Feargal McGill outlines the changes that have been made to the Safe Return to Play Roadmap.

We hope you find this information beneficial and you can rest assured that additional information and resources will be distributed as soon as possible.

All Newcastle West facilities including gym remain closed for use until further notice. We would appreciate your adherence to this notice.  Newcastle West GAA weekly club lotto draws will be suspended/postponed for the coming weeks until further notice.  As the situation continues to change from day to day, we want all to remain healthy in this time of national and global importance.  Newcastle West GAA continue to encourage our community to follow Department of Health guidelines in relation to Covid-19. 

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