Bord na nÓg

On behalf of our club, I would like to welcome you and your child into Clg Na nDúnaibh . Over the coming years, we will nurture, support and challenge your child to become the best version of themselves, both in life and on the field of play. This ambition may seem idealistic to some, but we are very clear in our minds as to the environment we want to create for our young members, which has little to do with winning but is more focused on individual and personal development.
It is centred around fun, enjoyment, and making friends for life. It is an environment that has respect, teamwork, and honesty as its core values. Promotion of these values will encourage participation and the development of a positive experience within our club so as to sustain a lifelong involvement within Gaelic Games.
Na Dúnaibh GAA coaches are central to such promotion and we as a club are indebted to their work and their level of volunteerism.

Our Aim

  • To give your child their first taste of Gaelic Games in a fun, action-packed and safe environment.
  • Your child will learn the fundamental movement skills of agility, balance, and co-ordination …known as the “ABCs”.
  • Your child will be given the opportunity to learn and develop the skills of football through fun games and fun play.

Our Mission
Our mission is to provide a safe, holistic and nurturing environment for all our young people to enjoy Gaelic Games. We aim to encourage our young people to develop and achieve their full potential in our games through enjoyment and mutual respect.

Our Vision
Our vision is that every member in our club is welcomed to take part in our games, to participate fully, to grow and develop and to be inspired to keep a lifelong engagement with our club.

Bord na nÓg

“Mol an Óige agus tiocfaidh siad” – Praise the youth and they will flourish.

It is the vision of Bord na nÓg to develop your child’s lifelong engagement with Downings GAA and be a valued contributor to our club. We wish to maximise participation at all age grades while developing the skills required for your child to be ready and able to progress through each level. We strive to be an integral part of
community life in Mevagh and help the children and their families understand the positive impact they can make in our village. We commit to supporting your child in developing valuable skills through Gaelic games such as teamwork, communication,
leadership and life-long friendship.
We work within the GAA “Code of Behavior for Underage” and central to this is respect. We learn from everything we do and we are on a path of continuous improvement. We treat the referee with respect, knowing they are doing their best and we accept their decision. We respect our opponents and see them as posing a
challenge which we work hard to overcome. We respect all those involved in Gaelic games, the coaches, mentors,supporters and most importantly team mates.
We measure our success by overall numbers, player retention, skill development, high levels of fun and enjoyment.

Code of Conduct

Na Dúnaibh Bord Na nÓg code of conduct for under age is based on the national GAA code of behaviour for underage and is available (in full) for review at
Success in any sport requires loyalty, respect and discipline, at Na Dúnaibh, we encourage these attributes in a positive fashion.
Young players can benefit greatly from sports in terms of personal development and enjoyment. Our players are encouraged to realise that as a result of their participation in our Gaelic Games that they also have a responsibility to treat other players and officials with fairness and respect. With rights there will always be
Young players, and those who work with them in our Associations are required to “sign up” and abide by this code of behaviour.
Players are entitled to:

  • Be safe and feel safe
  • Have fun and experience a sense of enjoyment and fulfilment
  • Be treated with respect, dignity and sensitivity
  • Comment and make suggestions in a constructive manner
  • Be afforded appropriate confidentiality
  • Participate in games and competitions at levels with which they feel comfortable
  • Make their concerns known and have them dealt with in an appropriate manner
  • Be protected from abuse
  • Be listened to
  • Know that it is acceptable to talk to the club’s Children’s officer with any concerns or questions they may have
  • Tell somebody else if they or others have been harmed in any way

Bord na nÓg Officers
Chairperson: Tanya Roberts Browne
Secretary: Michael Mc Bride
Treasurer: Gary Cooney