Decide to get involved
As a member of the Community Games you'll
become part of a national movement, one that
exists to make our communities more active
and healthy places where every child gets the
opportunity to take part in sports and arts
Child safety and protection is extremely improtant
and Community Games has a full suite of policies,
all of which are written in conjunction with the
Code of Conduct. These policies can be found
There is a national support structure in
place with County level support and lots of
other volunteers to share their experience
with you so don't worry you won't be alone!
It is recommended that each Area adapt the User
Friendly version of the Child Protection Policy to
include important contact details.
Build your team
There are a few roles that need to be filled to
get your team up and running in your Area.
You'll need a Chairperson, a Secretary a Treasurer
and a Children’s Officer to get started. These roles
sound formal but don't worry, you can support
each other to make everything run smoothly.
Each person's role is as follows:
Take responsibility for the direction of
Community Games in the Area.
Co-sign cheques with the Treasurer and ensure
that the Community Games complies with all
Complete affiliation forms and return with
affiliation fee to County Secretary. Affiliation
forms must also be signed by the Secretary.
Communicate with the County Secretary and
circulate information to all Area committee
Notify committee members of upcoming
Take minutes of meetings and circulate to
Complete Area participation form and return to
County. Deadline for this to be defined by the
Ensure that panel sheets are completed
correctly and returned to County Secretary,
including signatures of all participants.
Maintain committee books.
In conjunction with the Treasurer, ensure that all
monies are collected, paid and received.
Maintain bank account
Ensure all monies due are collected.
Pay Area Bills.
Obtain cheque approval and signatures.
Maintain accurate accounts and prepare end of
year financial report.
Ensure that additional activities outside of the
National HSE Community Games Programme of
Events are covered under insurance.
To ensure that the welfare of all children in the
Area is at the fore front of all decision making
and of all planning
To advise coaches, parents and children on
issues relating to bullying or discrimination
To help ensure that all members in the Area
abide by the National Child Protection Policy,
Anti-Bullying Policy and Code of Conduct.
To act as a point of contact for parents, coaches
or other committee members in relation to any
queries regarding child protection and welfare
To ensure the safe recruitment of all volunteers
in the Area, this includes vetting and obtaining
To liaise with the County Children’s Officer and/
or the National Children’s Officer in relation to
any child protection or welfare concerns
Other potential but not obligatory positions on the
Public Relations Officer (PRO), Development
Officer, Youth Officer and Games Director.
Affiliation and Admin
New Areas (Areas never affiliated or those that have lapsed for 5 years or more) may affiliate at any time – please click here to contact the County Secretary to find out more. The affiliation fee for new Areas for year one is free and for year two is half price.
You must have your team of 4 in place and the positions of Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Children’s Officer must be filled.
All volunteers living and volunteering in the Republic of Ireland must complete a Garda Vetting form. All volunteers living and volunteering in Northern Ireland must complete and Access NI form. These forms must be returned to the Authorised Signatory via the County Children’s Officer who must verify the identity of each application. For more information on the vetting process see www.communitygames.ie under ‘Vetting’ or contact the National Children’s Officer/ Authorised Signatory.
Area Registration and Participant Registration
Areas must register online by going here. For new Areas please first contact your County so that you can you register your intent. Participants are also registered online through this same portal.
Dates and Venues
When you log on to www.communitygames.info, you will see all information about closing dates and events for your County. You'll need to host Area events before these dates. All Events will be available to view on the Community Games online Calendar. For a full list of available Events and their rules please click here
‘Code of Ethics’ training is available for all adults
working with children. Local Sports Partnership
(please see under ‘useful contacts’ for contact
details) will run the following courses at a minimal
Code of Ethics Training
Children’s Officer Training
The LSP’s provide education and information at
Training courses targeting volunteers: such
as Code of Ethics, First Aid, Disability Awareness
Access to sport specific courses through
the national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport
The key aims of the LSP are to increase
participation in sport, and to ensure that local
resources are used to best effect. Some of the
Enhanced planning of sport at local level
Local directories of sports bodies &
School, club, community and national
governing body (NGB) links
Increased levels of local participation,
especially amongst specific target groups such
as older people, girls & women, people with
disabilities, unemployed people, and those who
live in identified disadvantaged communities
Now it's time to get started and launch your Community Games group!
Get local kids involved, host your first event, and decide what activities you're interested in and best fit the group