STRABANE Sigersons stalwart Ciaran McLaughlin was appointed chairman of the GAA’s National Games Development committee during Congress at Croke Park on Saturday.
It’s a key position within the higher echelons of the GAA that the former chairman of the GAA’s Health and Wellbeing Committee is thrilled to have been trusted with.
“Over the last three years I have been delighted to be involved with the Health and Wellbeing committee, which I also chaired,” he explained. “It’s relatively new, but it’s a key focus of the GAA because your mental and physical health are key to one and other and to overall happiness.
“But I’m delighted to have been entrusted with this post and I look forward to seeing the key challenges the new president will want us to address over the course of his three years when he presents his strategic plan, which is currently being developed.”
The former Tyrone County Board chairperson will hold his new position for the next three years, over which time he will help formulate a development plan that will tackle the key priorities indentified in president, Aogán Ó Fearghaíl’s National Strategic Plan, which is currently being formulated.
Some of the key priorities that Mr McLaughlin and his committee may be in charge of developing could include improving the balance between club and county fixtures; promoting the recreational game for all; engaging more with primary and post-primary schools to further promote Gaelic games; explore ways to encourage more people with disabilities to play their games; promote inclusivity, especially amongst ethnic communities, and the recruitment and retention of players, coaches and referees, especially at club level.