Cork GAA clubs ‘first in Ireland’ to give Bystander Intervention training
Every little helps.
Cork GAA clubs will be the first in the country to take training on consent, recognising sexual harassment and violence, and developing skills to speak up and challenge unacceptable behaviour.
University College Cork GAA will be Cork’s first club to include Bystander Intervention training, which was developed at UCC, as part of a suite of programmes to enhance their members’ physical, social, emotional, and psychological health.
The news was announced at an event attended by President of Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Larry McCarthy, at which UCC was welcomed to the GAA’s Healthy Club project, an initiative that helps clubs support the holistic health of their members.
Cardiac screening, a mental health campaign, and alcohol and substance abuse awareness will also form part of the project.
Following UCC GAA’s lead, the Cork GAA Healthy Club committee will collaborate with Bystander Intervention programme director, Professor Louise Crowley to develop and deliver a pilot bespoke training programme for identified Cork clubs.
“The UCC Bystander Intervention programme is delighted to partner with UCC GAA, whose players and coaches are committed to respect for all, both on and off the field.” said Prof. Crowley.
“In completing the Bystander Intervention training and promoting a culture of safety and respect, the members of UCC GAA will be role models for the broader UCC community and will provide important leadership on this critical social issue across the campus.”