Letter from new Chair

A Chairde,

On Wednesday 30th November the membership of Carryduff GAC attended our Annual General Meeting, an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the successes and learning from the past year and to elect your new Committee for the 2022-23 year.

You came together in unprecedented numbers and I would like to thank you for placing your confidence in me, as Chair, and in your fellow officers by giving us this opportunity to serve you.

I am grateful to the outgoing committee for their many years of unstinting service and want to recognise the significant work they have put into getting the club where we are today – one of the largest clubs in the country with a range of ever improving facilities.  It was also timely that in our 50th year we should have had, for the first time, a female Chair, testament to the inclusive and forward looking club we wish to be.  Thank you Kate and team for all you have done.

As with all successful organisations however, it has come time to regroup and refresh.  I want this new committee to pick up from where we are and continue to drive our club onwards and upwards.

As Chair my vision is to provide a fun, safe and inclusive environment for members of our community to participate in Gaelic sports and culture. With our new Committee I will work to promote health and well-being and foster a sense of belonging.  Together we are committed to providing quality coaching and a supportive atmosphere for our coaches and referees, our volunteers and players of all ages and for the families of our community. My goal is to provide an environment that enables every member to reach their full potential, both physically and mentally and to develop a strong sense of pride in being part of the GAA family.  As we enter our 51st year we will continue to grow and develop both on and off the pitch.  With your support I am fully committed to the continued improvement of our great club.

I am delighted that you all feel such an important part of the Carryduff GAC family and would welcome your full involvement in whatever capacity best matches your interests and skills and regardless of ability, agility or previous experience with a GAA club.

Whether it is coaching, fundraising, event management, working with children and young people, working in our Hub or whether you have particular professional skills sets that might help us deliver our vision.

Be a part of it – let us know how you’d like to get involved by contacting any member of our committee.  We would be delighted to hear from you.

Go raibh maith agaibh

Brendan Sloan