Starting a Club

In order to run a club, a coach must hold a Gymnastics Ireland Club Coach qualification

Where do I start?

  • Ensure your club is registered with Gymnastics Ireland
  • You will need 10 members to set up a club with Gymnastics Ireland
  • You must register all your members with Gymnastics Ireland including club insurance and registration and nominate a club secretary.
  • This can now be done online by contacting the Gymnastics Ireland administration to get your new club code.

The Logistics of setting up a Club

  • Secure a venue and a suitably qualified coach
  • Secure safe standard equipment
  • Organise administration procedures
  • Get a trusted volunteer to act as children's officer

Running Events in my Club

Organisers of an Event (CAMP or COACHING CLINIC) must receive Gymnastics Ireland approval before proceeding by submitting an “Approval Request” form except where the Event being organised is included on the automatic list of events approved by Gymnastics Ireland and therefore it may not be necessary to submit an Approval Request Form. Please note clubs may only run competitions for their own members.

Garda Vetting

The National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 - 2016 (NVBA) commenced on 29th April 2016 and the Act provides a legislative basis for the mandatory vetting of persons who wish to undertake certain activities relating to children or vulnerable persons. Vetting must be completed before you commence a role with our young members.

Garda Vetting is a pre-checking of an applicant’s background for criminal convictions or prosecutions and it is important to stress that Garda Vetting is one component part of normal recruitment and selection process and is used in conjunction with the other components referred to in the “Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Youth Sport in Gymnastics Ireland”. To learn more and see all Garda Vetting forms click below...

Safeguarding Training

Any individual whose role will have ongoing contact with our young members in the provision of our activities must complete safeguarding training.

Safeguarding training is delivered through the Local Sports Partnership network (ROI) and SportNI (NI).

Safeguarding 1 Workshops (3 hour programme) are organised by the Local Sports Partnerships (LSP’S). Additional 3 hour training programmes are organised through the LSP’s - Safeguarding 2 (Children’s Officer) and Safeguarding 3 (Designated Liaison Person) but you must complete Safeguarding 1 first).

“Safeguarding Young People & Children in Sport” workshops are organised by SportNI. This is a 3 hour workshop. There is also an additional 3 hour Workshop for Designated Children’s Safeguarding Officers. For more information click below...

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