Child Welfare & Protection

Blarney GAA Club was delighted to officially adopt The GAA’s “Code of Behaviour – Underage” at the 2014 AGM.

This Code of Behaviour complements the Irish Sports Council (ISC) Code of Ethics and “Our Games Our Code – Code of Best Practise when working with underage players” which was officially adopted by our club at the 2012 AGM.

The Code of Behaviour addresses the minimum appropriate levels of behaviour, practice and conduct required from our Young Players, Coaches, Supporters, Parents/Guardians, Referees and Clubs.

By adopting these codes, Blarney GAA Club aim to ensure that young people and children who play our games receive the best possible care, attention and protection while participating in our Gaelic Games.

In 2019, it became Blarney GAA Club Policy that all coaches/managers & mentors involved with any team under the age of 18 years have three qualifications.

New GAA Safeguarding 1 Online Refresher Course

To participate and complete the on-line training a participant, i.e. a coach or a person working in a role of responsibility with or for children, must have fulfilled one of the following requirements:

They must within the last three years have attended a Gaelic Games Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshop (Safeguarding 1) if they now wish to avail of the on-line programme in preference to attend another face to face repeat workshop,


The participant having attended a non-Gaelic Games Child Protection Safeguarding 1 Workshop with another Sports Association or a Local Sports Partnership (LSP) must then also undertake the new on-line Child Safeguarding Programme so as to familiarise themselves with our agreed safeguarding policies, procedures and in particular our joint Code of Behaviour (Underage).

The new on-line training programme is available free of charge by accessing

The club requests all underage coaches, parents/guardians and players to read the Code of Behaviour document.

For more information, please contact our clubs Children’s Officer John Quirke on (087) 661 1911 or see the links below.