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Strategic Plan

1. Structure
  • Background
  • Define goals
  • Execution to achieve goals
  • Define the financial requirements
According to availability of resources, or changing needs, the goals and execution may be revised.

2. Background

The Asian County Board was formally established in Shenzen, China on 8 April 2006 with the following representatives were in attendance:
  • Michael Shannon, Peter Goff & Aoife O'Loughlin (Beijing)
  • Ryan Harper & Shane Horgan (Hong Kong)
  • Ruairi Hatchell (via conference call) (Japan)
  • Noel Lennon & David Tulauskas (Shanghai)
  • Michael [McCannon] (Taiwan)
  • Peter Ryan & Paraic [McGrath] (Singapore)
  • Peter Watson (Shenzhen)
The meeting unanimously approved the appointment of the an Executive Committee to look after day-to-day operations comprising the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, PRO, Asian Games Officer and the Secretary.

It was also unanimously agreed to adopt the Constitution recommended by Croke Park for County Boards.

The Overseas Work Group of the GAA, under the Chairmanship of Gene Duffy, agreed in 2005 to provide  EUR5,000 in seed funding to support the setting up of the Asian County Board. The full list of clubs represented on the Asian County Board & the year of their establishment is below:
  • Beijing GAA, China (2003)
  • Hong Kong GAA, China (1996)
  • Shanghai, China (2003)
  • Shenzen Celts, China (2004)
  • Taiwan Celts, Taipei, Taiwan (1996)
  • Seoul Gaels, Korea (2002)
  • Singapore Gaelic Lions, Singapore (1997)
  • Japan GAA, Tokyo, Japan (1996)
  • Dubai Celts, UAE (1994)
  • Kuwait Harps, Kuwait (TBC)
3. Goals

The immediate goals of the Asian County Board are to:
  • Provide a structure for the Clubs in the region & to formally affiliate to Croke Park.
  • Support & encourage the development of Gaelic Games working with the Clubs in the region & to assist with the formation of new Clubs.
  • Raise the profile and awareness of Gaelic Games within Asia.
  • Provide a structure for the ongoing provision of resources to Gaelic Clubs in Asia, with a particular emphasis on the improvement of skills & coaching levels & the development of underage sections.
  • Create a solid two-way communication relationship between the Asian County Board & Croke Park to enhance flow of co-operation.
4. Execution

The Asian County Board will act as a facilitator and enabler to introduce best practice for existing and new Gaelic Clubs in the region through the organizing & provision of training programmes, coaching & training materials, exchange of best practice.

The goals will be realised as follows:

Goal 1: Provide a structure for the Clubs in the region & to formally affiliate to Croke Park.
  • Unite the Clubs under the banner of the ACB & reporting on developments to Croke Park
  • Monthly conference calls will be held & duties delegated to members
  • Initiate & maintain dialogue with the Overseas Work Group at Croke Park & with the Leinster Council (with which Asia is twinned)
  • Participate fully & contribute to the GAA through representation at Overseas Work Group meetings & Congress
Goal 2: Support & encourage the development of Gaelic Games working with the Clubs in the region & to assist with the formation of new Clubs.
  • Set out a strategic plan for the region & work with clubs to develop local development plans & formal structures
  • Create an active channel for the exchange of information between Clubs & individuals
  • Coordinate the provision of training courses (e.g. referees/coaches) for Clubs in the region & the distribution of materials from Croke Park on relevant topics
Goal 3: Raise the profile and awareness of Gaelic Games within Asia.
  • Deliver information from within and without the ACB to all members and strategic partners through a regular newsletter which has now been started & communicates information of events to members, and partners at home in Ireland
  • Support the host club in the promotion of the Asian Gaelic Games, the flagship event of the Asian County Board to the Asian & Irish media. This will include press releases & website-based promotion
  • Coordinate with host clubs & Croke Park to secure high-profile events such as the All Star Tours (Hong Kong 2005, Singapore 2006 & Dubai 2007) to the region.
Goal 4: Provide a structure for the ongoing provision of resources to Gaelic Clubs in Asia, with a particular emphasis on the improvement of skills & coaching levels & the development of underage sections.
  • Share best practice between Clubs on training & underage development
  • Work with Croke Park to ensure that material resources are available to Clubs
  • Work with Croke Park & the Leinster Council to provide training programmes to coaches from the Clubs (e.g. coaching programmes in Ireland in 2004 & Singapore in 2006)
Goal 5: Create a solid two-way communication relationship between the Asian County Board & Croke Park to enhance flow of co-operation.
  • Act as the sole point of contact with Croke Park for the region
  • Actively liaise with the Overseas Work Group;
  • Agree a set of objectives & practical projects with the Leinster Council.
5. Financial Requirements

The ACB will be funded in part by the Asian Clubs which will each pay an affiliation fee of $100 per annum as agreed at the Inaugural Board Meeting in April 2006.

It is also intended that part of the registration fees from the annual Asian Gaelic Games will be directed to the Asian County Board.

In addition, the meeting in Shenzen charged the Treasurer with exploring other avenues of sponsorship.

The Overseas Work Group of the GAA, under the Chairmanship of Gene Duffy, agreed in 2005 to provide EUR5,000 in seed funding to support the setting up of the Asian County Board.

The ACB will act as the distributor of funding to Clubs rather than an executor of projects. It is intended that Clubs will apply to the Executive Board for funding for specific projects – with a particular emphasis on the area of underage development & coaching, for example the funding of a programme to introduce Gaelic Football into local schools, the provision of videos or dvds to local schools, the training of Club members or teachers in coaching skills etc. The maximum funding available from the ACB in respect of any project will be 50% of the overall cost. Funding will be provided on a vouched receipt basis.