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USGAA Games Development


Partnering with Munster Games, GAA Central Council, and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, USGAA Games Development 


Games Development Committee (GDC)

The USGAA GDC is responsible for the overall delivery of the USGAA Games Development Program. The committee consists of:

USGAA Chairperson:                   Gareth Fitzsimmons

USGAA Vice Chairperson:            Bernie Connaughton

USGAA Youth Officer:                 Liam Hegarty

Games Development Officer:       Robert Tierney


Games Development Officer (GDO)

The USGAA Games Development Officer is responsible for coordinating games development within the country. Among their duties are:

  • Managing the GDA program
  • Managing the pilot USGAA Project Fund
  • Managing the Global Games Development Fund
  • Managing development finances and budgets
  • Liaising with the Coach tutor leader
  • Liaising with the USGAA Referee Administrator
  • Facilitating development throughout the country

For further details contact:

Robert Tierney


Games Development Administrators (GDA)

The role of the GDA is that of organizer, coordinator, educator as well as a coach. Flexibility and mobility are very important as the GDA continues to support the large volunteer sector working on the ground. While GDA’s work primarily within their respective divisions at times they assist with event/activities in other divisions and on behalf of the USGAA Development Committee.

GDA’s work can be categorized under one or more of the following Key Areas

Area 1 - Games Opportunities (Child)

Area 1 - Games Opportunities (Youth)

Area 2 - School Initiatives

Area 3 - Camps

Area 4 - Talent Academies

Area 5 – Learning & Development

Based in four of USGAA’s ten divisions, GDA’s are responsible for:

  • Club Development (Admin & Planning)
  • Schools Initiatives
  • Academies – Elite Players
  • Camp Programme
  • Go Games Blitzes/Leagues
  • Super Touch Blitzes/Leagues
  • Skills Tests
  • Adult Club Development
  • Linking Youth Clubs with Adult Clubs
  • Coach and Referee Education
  • Planning and Reporting (MIS & TMS)
  • Promotion & Publicity

The 2016-17 GDA’s are:

Danielle Downey             Western Division

Colm Egan                     Central Division

Ciaran Porter                  Philadelphia  

Kieran Cox                     Northeast:    

Coach Tutor Leader

Liaising between our divisional development committees, national coach tutors and games development, the coach tutor is responsible for directing Coach Tutor strategy throughout the country along with Games Development Committee.

Terry Lynch


USGAA Games Development supports the 10 divisions and over 120 clubs in the country in a number of ways:

Pilot USGAA Project Fund

Recognizing the many excellent development initiatives that are happening throughout the country, we are pleased to announce the pilot USGAA Project Fund.

In 2017, there are funds available to support staffing of development projects throughout the following divisions:

  • Heartland
  • MidAtlantic
  • Midwest
  • Northeast


  • Applications are sent from your clubs to your development committee and then onto the USGAA Games Development Committee for review
  • Once approved funds will be released to your division for disbursement
  • Any funding the club or division does not use for that project must be returned to the USGAA Games Development
  • Every supported project will require a report to be filed with your Divisional Development Committee and forwarded to USGAA Games Development Committee

There is no closing date for applications for the pilot USGAA Project Fund, but an early application is advisable.

Please follow the links below for further information:

Pilot USGAA Project Fund Application Form

Global Games Development Fund 2017

Since 2013, through the Global Games Development Fund, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and the GAA have provided financial support for developmental projects and initiatives in GAA clubs across Asia, Australasia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

The Global Games Development Fund is co-funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade’s Emigrant Support Programme and the GAA. The Fund provides financial support specifically for projects and initiatives that increase or improve opportunities for the Irish Diaspora and other communities abroad to play Gaelic Games. Through the provision of financial assistance, it is the aim of the Fund to support the Irish Diaspora and strengthen Irish networks and Irish identity internationally.

Over the past three years, more than 80 projects have received funding through the Global Games Development Fund. The projects are varied and reflect the needs of the Irish Diaspora and GAA in a particular area or region.

Some projects are one-off events; others have activities lasting the course of a year. All have been truly inspirational and beneficial. Check out the video below for a flavor of one of the projects undertaken in Melbourne, Australia.

In November every year, the GAA issue an Open Call seeking applications for funding from Clubs and units that intend to run a developmental project or initiative during the following calendar year.

This year the Global Games Development Fund has been expanded to include the Southeast and Southwest divisions of USGAA.

The closing date for applications is February 17, 2017. Clubs submit applications or the SE or SW Divisional boards to the Games Development committee (, reviewed, and then submitted for consideration to Development in Croke Park.

Please follow the links below for further information:

Open Call – Invitation to Apply (PowerPoint)

Application Form

Examples of supported Programs

Development weekend 2017

For 2017, we are looking to bring together representatives from all 10 divisions in USGAA for a day of planning, info sharing and workshops.

Where:                          Chicago, Gaelic Park, 6119 147th St, Oak Forest, IL 60452

When:                           Saturday March 25th, 9am-5pm


  • 2 Divisional Development committee reps from each of the 10 divisions
  • USGAA Development Committee members
  • Munster Council Representatives
  • The 4 Games Development Administrators


9am      Games Development Administrator presentations: designed to give each development Committee an understanding of the various development projects the Central, Western, Northeast, and Philadelphia divisions engage in – that you might have a better understanding of the types of development programs you could implement in your own divisions.

Games Development Officer presentation: designed to reiterate the 2017 plan for development within the country

Munster Council presentation: designed to brief your division on the Munster council’s strategy for development within USGAA

Development workshops: reps will be paired with USGAA Games Development staff and discuss initiatives that their division might implement and their delivery

12pm    Lunch

1pm      Development workshops: reps will be paired with USGAA Games Development staff and discuss initiatives that their division might implement and their delivery                               

5pm      Close of business

What’s the cost:              Games Development will make a contribution to each division of $500 per Divisional

Development Committee rep (2) you send to Chicago, to cover flight and 1 night shared accommodation at the Chicago DoubleTree, 5000 W 127th St, Alsip, IL 60803. Ph.: (708) 371-7300. If reps decide to stay for a 2nd night, we recommend that their division cover this expense.

Pre-event expectation:       Divisional Development Committee in place – member’s info/roles forwarded to the USGAA Games Development Officer at

Post-event expectation:     There’s an expectation that representatives will make a report to their divisional development committee and their adult and youth boards regarding the event.

Next steps: Forward the names of  two representatives by February 17th. Divisional reps book their own flights and hotel. As of writing, there is availability at the DoubleTree

This event is an opportunity for your division to gain an understanding of the development projects that are happening and receive feedback on ideas you have for the future.

Coach Tutor (new tutor and current tutor upskilling weekend)

Games Development will host a weekend of New Coach tutor skilling and current coach tutor up-skilling. Representatives from Ireland will deliver the course.

Developments strategy is to have at least three qualified coach tutors in each division.

Where:                          Chicago, Gaelic Park, 6119 147th St, Oak Forest, IL 60452

When:                           Saturday April 1st & Sunday April 2nd

Who:                            3 coach tutor representatives from your division (existing coach tutors will be upskilled to Award

1 / given a refresher, new coach tutors will learn to give the Foundation course)

Paudie Butler – Coaching Tutor instructor

AN Other – Coach Tutor instructor



10-1pm  Tutoring course sessions

1-2pm   Lunch

2-5pm   Tutoring course sessions


9-12pm  Tutoring course sessions

12pm    Program end

What’s the cost:              Games Development will make a contribution to each division of $325 per Coach Tutor rep.

This $325 is designed to cover each flight. Development will cover the 2night shared-room hotel cost at the Chicago DoubleTree by Hilton, 5000 W 127th St, Alsip, IL 60803. Ph.: (708) 371-7300 (subject to availability).

Pre-event expectation:       In order to secure their divisional reps places on the course, development expects a list of the 2017 courses that attendees plan on presenting post-skilling/upskilling

Post-event expectation:     There is an expectation that divisional representatives will complete the courses they plan on presenting. Given the CYC requirement that coaches have Level 1 qualifications – it is very important that courses are planned in 2017.

Next steps:                     Forward to the USGAA Games Development Officer at the names of your three representatives by February 17 ensuring that they have planned their post-training courses for 2017. They will book their own flights. Games Development will handle the hotel expense.

This event is an opportunity for your division to become self-sufficient in terms of coach tutoring.

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