Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Setanta Ceatharlach Hurling/Camogie Club, Carlow Town


A Covid-19 Club Education eLearning module for Gaelic Games is now available at the URL https://courses.gaa.ie/Covid19ClubEd/This eLearning module aims to inform those involved with GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association Clubs on their roles and responsibilities for the safe resumption of Gaelic games activities.  It is particularly aimed at Covid Supervisors/Officers, Players/Team Personnel, and the Parents/Guardians of Underage Players.  However, Clubs should ensure that anyone present at training sessions/games completes it to gain an understanding of the Safe Return Guidelines.

Participants will be able to gain a certificate of completion which they can present to the relevant Covid Supervisor in their Club as per the return to activity Guidelines. 


Each person participating in Gaelic Games must complete the GAA Covid Health Questionnaire prior to the first occasion that they return to their club. Forms can be accessed by visiting the URL https://returntoplay.gaa.ie.

Each person participating in Gaelic Games must also re-confirm that their Health Status hasn’t changed on each subsequent occasion that they participate.

Parents/Guardians can submit forms on behalf of their dependents and forms can also be submitted on behalf of persons who may struggle with completing the electronic form themselves.


These protocols are for the initial Return to Play in Phase 3 from June 29th and will evolve in line with public health advise.

What the Parent/Guardian must ensure in relation to the player:

1. Normal Covid-19 guidelines apply such as - Wash hands frequently, Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth, Practice respiratory hygiene, If there is fever, coughing, difficulty breathing seek medical care early.

2. The presence of symptoms, or temperature (over 37.5°C) precludes attendance at training.

3. A Health Questionnaire must be completed by parent/guardian for their child prior to Return to Play.  This can be completed online via an App (more details to follow), which Setanta coaches can then access.  Any child arriving at the pitch where the Health Questionnaire has not been completed, will have to be asked to return home.

4. Following the completion of the Health Questionnaire, the Team Covid Supervisor is to be informed of any change in player health circumstances prior to subsequent training sessions.

5. Please note that GAA or the Camogie Association will not allow players to participate in any form of club activity unless they are a registered member for the 2020 season, otherwise the player has no insurance cover.  If you still have to complete membership, you can do so at the pitch prior to the commencement of the first training session. 

6. Prior to Return to Play, you should explain to children that Social Distancing will apply and inform them that they should obey this requirement.

7. Children will not share water bottles and should bring their own with their name clearly labelled on the bottle.

8. It is advised that if travelling by private vehicle, such as a car, only travel with members of the same household.

9. Parents/Guardians will be responsible for dropping underage players to and collecting underage players from training.  A one-way system will apply at Presentation College, guiding you to a drop off point in the main car park where the player will be met by the Team Covid Supervisor.  From the drop off area, there will be one entry point to the pitch. 

10. Only players and essential team personnel will be allowed to the pitch area.

11. Children to be informed that shaking hands, clapping hands, 'high fives' and embracing to be completely avoided.

12. Parents must complete the mandatory Gaelic Games online education module which will be available on the GAA eLearning portal.

Link: https://learning.gaa.ie/covid19learning

What the Club will ensure:

1. Children will be trained in groups of 15 to two coaches.

2. A Covid Supervisor will be assigned to each team.

3. Social distancing will apply within each group, which at the moment is 2m distance.

4. A smaller number of teams will train at any one time.  Start times for training will be staggered.

5. Dressing rooms will remain closed.

6. Toilets will be available and will be properly sanitised.  2m distancing will apply when queueing for the toilet.

7. Appropriate signage will be displayed on site.

8. Hand gel dispensers will be provided in the car par, toilets and on the pitch.

9. Hurling equipment being used by coaches for training will be disinfected.

10. Coaches will wear a mask and gloves should they have to administer first aid to a player.

11. Only players and essential team personnel will be allowed on the pitch.

12. Attendance records will be maintained.

13. Coaches will ensure that shaking hands, clapping hands, 'high fives' and embracing are completely avoided.

14. Coaches and Club Officials must complete the mandatory Gaelic Games online education module which will be available on the GAA eLearning portal.

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