BellTime Magazine Spring 2018 BellTime 9-5 - Page 24

BellTIME This Programme will future proof our games in towns and villages countrywide by developing capacities in young people to empower them to take ownership of the games and carry them forward for the next generation. They will be the future administrators, coaches, referees, ground staff, performance analysts, nutritionists etc. They could be the reason 1000s of children will play our games in every corner of the country in the years to come. There are presently 48 schools delivering the Programme as part of Pilot Phase 2. The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) are our partners in this programme and are providing training and development to the teachers involved in this initiative. The Programme will be rolled out nationally in 2018/19 and presently we have more than 250 schools registered to start in September. “The PDST team are delighted to be part of this wonderfully innovative project which provides rich opportunities for students to develop in the most holistic sense in line with the principles of the TY programme. I believe that this initiative provides a unique and creative learning pathway for young people to acquire skills which are both sports related and transferable not only across the curriculum, but beyond TY itself. It is a privilege to work with the schools involved and our colleagues in the GAA”. Ciara O Donnell, National Director of the PDST “This programme will be of great assistance to teachers in providing them with material for multi- skill development by the students away from the main curriculum.” John Horan, Uachtáran Tofa, CLG Post Primary School Teachers/Principals who wish to express interest in delivering the Future Leaders Transition Year Programme can do so at learning.gaa.ie/futureleaders. PLEASE USE #GAAFutureLeader for related social media posts and follow @gaafutureleader on Twitter. 46 47