Bantry Blues

Founded 1887

Co. Cork

CLUB POLICIES

Club Policies

BANTRY BLUES  Policies

Contents:

> CLub Membership Policy - Draft - Awaiting Ratification

> Player Injury Scheme Policy : Draft - Awaiting Ratification

> Gym Policy -  Awaiting Ratification

Introduction

While the detail in this document has been carefully correlated, it is accepted that errors and omissions may occur, and it is expected that the spirit of this document will be adopted by all Club members in achieving best practice.  

A policy is a set of general guidelines that outline the organization’s plan for tackling an issue. Policies communicate the connection between the organization’s overall Mission statement, vision and values and its day-to-day operations. 

Using policies and procedures together gives Club members a well-rounded view of their Club. They know the type of culture that the organization is striving for, what behaviour is expected and how to achieve both of these. 

The absence of written policies results in unnecessary time and effort spent trying to agree on a course of action.  

Note: Having appropriate policies in place and communicating these effectively to Club members will play an important role in the running of our club and help to guide and support Club members and officers.  

To adopt policies and practices which enhance the club and its activities.  

Many of the policies within this document will align directly with GAA National directives regarding policies and procedures. Policies will be introduced at the discretion of the BANTRY BLUES Executive Committee but will not conflict with GAA National Policies and Procedures.  

BANTRY BLUES Gaa, & Ladies football will operate in compliance with all relevant legislation such as (but not limited to); Health and Safety, Children’s First, Data Protection, Vetting etc.  

 

Our underage players will spend some of the most enjoyable days of their lives playing our games and socialising with their friends. 

Whether attending or playing GAA matches, playing Ladies Football they will do so during some of the most important developmental years of their lives. Our role and our responsibility is to ensure that they benefit from and participate in our Gaelic Games in a safe and enjoyable environment and where our Games are conducted in a spirit of fair play, where everyone working on our behalf emphasises respect, equality, safety and non discrimination in all aspects of our work with children and young people.

Everyone involved in our sports and activities should accept the roles and responsibilities that they undertake as we commit ourselves to maintaining an enjoyable and safe environment for all. The safeguarding of our members will always be a key priority as we recognise that the welfare of the child is of paramount importance in our work.

We wish to see this Code developed, promoted and implemented as an initiative that encourages fair play, respect, equality, safety and non discrimination in all aspects of our work with children and young people.

 

POLICIES

CLUB CONSTITUTION :  CLICK HERE TO VIEW 

Membership - DRAFT :

MEMBERSHIP POLICY

 

It is also a policy of our club that any person seeking to play, coach, join committee’s etc. or act in any capacity in relation to hurling and football must pay full Adult or Family membership (whichever is applicable) to the club in order to partake in these roles, regardless of “Life Membership” status.

All those taking part in club activity ( Players, Coaches etc )  must have their membership completed on the Foireann system prior to becoming involved in activities.

All others to ensure that you have voting rights at Club AGM must have registration completed by 31st of March in that calendar year.

 

In relation to accessing match tickets, Full Members of the club will take priority and thereafter all other groups will be considered for the remaining available tickets if they become available.

 

Membership Categories and their Entitlements for Bantry Blues GAA Club for 2024 are outlined here:

 

Full Member ( PLAYER)  €90

For all adult players, player registration with Croke Park,cover under the GAA Player Injury Scheme, Club Gym access,  full voting rights at Club AGM, Club general meetings and priority inclusion in ticket draws (subject to availability); also free message service on upcoming club events etc.

 Full Member ( Non -PLAYER)  €50

For all adults, coaches, mentors, Club officers, Club committee members, Sub-committee members , supporters and any person out of full-time education and under the age of 66

Family Membership €150

2 adults “Husband/ Wife, Partners etc.” and can include up to 6 children U-18 €150 

Full individual adult rate applies to adults without u-18 dependents in the same household, however, where a family consists of a husband/wife, partners only without children u-18, they can qualify under family membership.

Adults paying Family Membership can act as coaches, mentors, officers, Club Committee members, Sub-committee members will have full voting rights at Club AGM and priority inclusion in match ticket draws, (subject to availability); free message service on upcoming club events etc. 

Juveniles do not hold voting rights and do not hold priority in ticket draws.

 

Under 18 Membership €50.00

All Club players up to the age of 18 years– Playing membership of Juvenile and Senior club as appropriate,  Under 18’s will have no voting rights and no priority in Match ticket draws (subject to availability)

  

OAP membership €50.00

Those over the age of 66 years can act as coaches, mentors, Club Officers, Club Committee members, Sub-committee members, having full voting rights and priority inclusion in Match ticket draws (subject to availability); free message service on upcoming club events etc. is available.

 

Note: Adult Membership ( Player & Non Player)  – a person who celebrated their 18th birthday in the previous calendar year is considered Adult  

Player Injury Policy. 

Purpose  
 BANTRY BLUES operates under the GAA Player Injury Scheme. The guidelines for making Claims under the GAA Scheme are strict and it should be noted that processing and finalising Claims can take considerable time. 

WHAT IS THE GAA INJURY BENEFIT SCHEME ? {CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS} 

Objective  
 All Members, Players, Parents / Guardians, are made, and kept, fully aware of our Club Policy in respect of Injury Claims.  

Important Note  
We would also remind all, that the playing of Gaelic Football, Hurling involves the risk of Injury and it is each individual registered player’s responsibility to familiarise themselves with the terms and benefits of the GAA Injury Benefit fund gaa.ie 

Each player needs to ensure that they have adequate cover in place to meet their own individual needs and personal circumstances. The GAA Injury Benefit Fund is only in place to cover benefits which cannot be claimed elsewhere and is a benefit cover only. Members should not use the fund as their only recourse or be dependent on the fund to compensate them fully for any losses associated with the injury sustained. 

 

•       Injuries requiring routine Physiotherapy (typically muscle strains) 

Please note routine Physiotherapy is not covered through the GAA Player Injury Scheme. The club thus cannot claim any money back for physio treatment. 

The club understands Players will need treatment from time to time and will reimburse €30 Per session for the first 3 Physio sessions, provided a Club approved  Physio is used, the club Injuries Officer must be made aware of the injury.    

•       Serious Injuries requiring Operative Procedures \ Hospital care 

Overview  

First and foremost, only fully paid up members can avail of the Players Injury Scheme. 

All serious injuries incurred during a match against an opposing team must be included in the referee’s reports. Unless included in the referee’s report, any claim will be rejected by the Players Injury Scheme. Notifying the referee is both the responsibility of the player and the mentor so please act on this. 

Any injury claim needs to be logged within 60 days of the incident. Past that, we cannot forward any claim to the Players Injury Scheme. This includes injuries incurred in training. 

Any player who wishes to make a Claim against the GAA Players Injury Scheme and who also has Private Health Insurance ( VHI, LAYA, Aviva, Garda Medical Aid, etc. ) may do so, but in all cases you must first Apply under your own Private Health Policy. If your Private Health Insurance Policy covers your Claim, then there is no further action required. Should there be an Excess on the Private Policy which exceeds your Claim, then the GAA Injury Scheme will accept your Claim. A Statement of Account from your Private Health Insurers which sets out their position on the overall Claim will be required if you wish to further your Claim through the GAA Scheme. If you are claiming through your Private Health cover, the injury still needs to be logged with the Players Injury Scheme within 60 days (to ensure any uncovered costs can be subsequently claimed from the Player Injury Scheme). The initial logging of this does not need to include details on costs and can be updated afterwards. It is recommended here to log the injury immediately after occurrence. 

The Excess on the Player Injury Scheme is currently set at €100. This Excess will be covered by the Club. The Player, Parent or Guardian will not be out of pocket but will have to wait until the claims process has completed for reimbursement. 

Original Receipts only will be accepted when submitting claims. 

 

Procedure 
1.      If the injury occurs in the game, the player \ mentors must notify the referee and ensure it in included in the match report. Also notify the Club Injuries Secretary if not present. If the injury occurs in training, notify the Club Injuries Officer of the incident 

 2.      Incident is logged by the club injuries officer with the Player Injury Scheme. A form needs to be filled in by the injured player and signed by the club secretary. 

3.      If the player has private health insurance, the claim needs to be made through this Provider first. If the claim is fully covered, no more needs to be done. For any excess not covered, a Statement of Account from your Private Health Insurers which sets out their position on the overall Claim will be required if you wish to further your Claim through the GAA Scheme. Please provide this statement to the club Injuries Officer

4.      All medical procedures are paid upfront by the injured party. The club will reimburse €100 euro immediately. Once a successful claim has been made through the GAA Player Injury scheme, the club will provide the remainder of the funds to the injured party.  

Note  

BANTRY BLUES Club can only make payments to players on foot of Claims after the GAA Players Injury Scheme has reimbursed the Club in respect of those Medical Expenses and Loss of wages claims. 

For clarification on any of the above, please contact the Club Injuries Officer

 

Note: The most Up to Date official GAA procedure will always supersede the club’s procedure. 

To find out more on injury claims please go to below link on the official Gaa web site   CLAIMS PROCEDURE (gaa.ie) 

 

In summary, the GAA Injury Benefit Fund is in place to cover benefits which cannot be claimed elsewhere. Therefore, if a claimant is seeking to claim benefit from the fund, they must exhaust all other avenues before making a claim under the GAA Injury Benefit Fund. Furthermore, the Injury Benefit Fund should not be used as a guarantee for the payment of expenses. Ultimately, the responsibility to ensure that adequate cover is in place lies with the individual member, commensurate with his \ her specific needs and members should not use the fund as their only recourse or be dependent on the fund to compensate them fully for any losses associated with the injury sustained.

GYM POLICY 

 

The gym in BANTRY BLUES Club was originally established by the adult players group for team training purposes. Over the years the gym has been improved, expanded, and upgraded by the various adult player groups with committee support. The primary role of the gym is for use for BANTRY BLUES player’s training and preparations for competitions with our various teams.

Full members may also avail of the gym facilities but must be do so during hours when the gym is not in use for player group training purposes. ??? 

The Following Rules have been established to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants, and to preserve our facilities for their intended use and users. Cooperation of all members is appreciated.

 ANYONE NOT OBEYING THE RULES WILL NO LONGER BE ALLOWED TO USE THE GYM 

PLEASE OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING RULES BEFORE USING THE GYM:  

·         Only 18years of age or over are permitted to enter/use the gym unless in a supervised group training session           

·         Only full members of BANTRY BLUES Club can use our Gym,The GYM is also available to outside qualified instructors for private hire 

·         Individual’s access to gym will be via key fob issued to qualifying members on payment of the set fee. Proper use of this fob will be monitored

·         The key Fob is the responsibility of the holder and any misuse of such could result in the de-activation of this fob. The user will also be responsible for any fob lost or damaged.

·         Access fob to gym will be de-activated once membership has expired. On renewal of your membership and payment of annual fee for key fob, Access will be reactivated.

·         Participation is at your own risk. 

·         No one can use the free weights on their own.

·         Users are responsible for reading and adhering to gym policy and notices. 

·         Gym closing times is 9:30pm

 

PLEASE OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING RULES WHEN USING THE GYM:  

·         All users must be considerate of others using the gym.  

·         Bring a towel with you to the gym and wipe down equipment after use. 

·         Equipment Should be used for the intended purpose in the appropriate manner. 

 

PLEASE OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING RULES AFTER USING THE GYM:  

·        ·         Return free weights properly on rack after each use. 

·         Gym to be left clean and tidy. 

·         Switch off lights when finished. 

Ensure all windows & doors are securely closed

·         Please report any malfunction /damage or issues to the club Secretary.              

 

Please Note there is 24hr security camera in GYM, and all Fob activity is digitally recorded

 

 

UNDER REVIEW 

 

Grievance Policy. 

Sponsorship and Fundraising Policy. 

Expense Reimbursement Policy. 

Inclusion Policy.

Social Media policy 

 

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