At the Annual General Meeting, we will elect board members to serve for two years. In addition to the vacancies, we will also add a new position: The Games Development Officer. So, what does the Games Development Officer do?
The official description goes like this:
Games Development Officer: The Games Development Officer is responsible for Gaelic Games training and competition. The GDO shall organize leagues, training programs, and work in conjunction with other committees to provide quality Gaelic games experiences. The GDO shall work towards a sustainable Gaelic games system that provides a satisfying experience for players of all ages. The mission of the GDO is to develop quality players, quality coaches, and quality referees.
To expound on that a bit:
The GDO will not necessarily be the trainer, coach, or referee. Instead, the GDO will identify candidates and put them into place for these positions.
The GDO will assume responsibility for scheduling training, scrimmages, and any other practices. He/She will ensure that all equipment will be available (though may not be responsible for storing or carrying that equipment) and that a trainer will be present.
The GDO will continue to nurture the success of the hurling division while also developing Gaelic football and a potential youth league. Again, this officer will not necessarily be the trainer or coach (though he/she could be), but will instead coordinate efforts between interested parties.
The GDO will work with the board to ensure there is a place for practice. While Heartland Fields are usually available to use, the GDO will verify and scout additional locations if Heartland is not available for use.
This is an essential position that is crucial to the growth and health of our club. The GDO will be expected to join all board meetings, participate in board email chains, and interact with club members as a full-fledged board member.