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01st December 2021

Games Development Manager Tipperary GAA

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.

The Role:
Tipperary GAA, in conjunction with Munster GAA, wish to recruit a Games Development Manager to be responsible for the implementation of GAA Games Development Policy in County Tipperary, by developing and delivering a comprehensive Games Development Plan on an annual basis.
The post holder shall be the lead Games Development Executive within Tipperary and serve as Secretary of the Games Development Committee. The objective of this work will be to generate an increase in the participation rates and standards in the county.
The role holder will be required to work 39 hours per week, which will include weekends and evenings when required, and the hours may vary depending on seasonal changes.

Key Responsibilities Include:
• 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 fulfil 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.
• 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 on-going performance;
• 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;
• Prepare and manage a budget of income and expenditure and maintain accurate and up to date records of all grant and subsidy schemes;
• 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;
• Under the direction of the Tipperary GAA County Secretary 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;
• 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;
• Liaise with National and Provincial Games Development personnel and attend meetings and training as required, to support the development of the function and the role;
• Report to the County Coaching & Games Steering Committee through the Provincial Coaching & Games Manager and in conjunction the County Coaching Officer;
• Complete any other duties as may reasonably be assigned by the Provincial Games Development Manager, Designated County Officer or the County Games Development Committee.

Experience and Skills
The successful candidate shall have:
• At least 3-5 years’ experience of working in the GAA or similar sporting organisation (Voluntary or Professional Capacity);
• Strong experience of managing people and building good team relationships;
• Evident leadership, influencing and decision-making skills;
• Excellent administrative and IT skills with a solid working knowledge of IT related packages and
• Proven organisational skills and demonstrable ability to effectively managing multiple projects and priorities, with a hands-on approach to getting things done;
• Excellent communication and presentation skills that can motivate change;
• Superb stakeholder management skills and experience of managing multiple projects to tight deadlines;
• Clear and detailed knowledge and experience of the GAA’s coaching schemes and initiatives;
• Demonstrable knowledge and experience of best-practice coaching, learning and development strategies and tools;
• A strong interest in and understanding of Tipperary GAA.


• A minimum Level 7 Degree (NFQ) in a relevant area;
• Level 1 GAA Coaching Qualification.
• Qualified GAA coach education tutor;
• GAA Child Safeguarding.
Other Requirements:
• Own car with a full clean driving licence;
• Ability to work and attend evening and weekend meetings/activities when required.

Please note this post is subject to Garda Vetting.
Candidates interested in the above role should apply by sending an up to date cover letter and Curriculum Vitae to

Applications must be received before 11:59pm on Monday 3rd January 2022.

Tipperary GAA is an equal opportunities employer.

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