The USGAA partners with Munster Games, the GAA Central Council, and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs to Maximize participation levels, Optimize performance standards, and Enhance organizational structures and inputs around training and personal development throughout USGAA.

Games Development Personnel

Games Development Committee (GDC)

The USGAA GDC is responsible for the overall delivery of the USGAA Games Development Program. The committee consists of:

  • USGAA Chairperson: Gareth Fitzsimmons
  • USGAA Vice Chairperson: Bernie Connaughton
  • USGAA Youth Officer: Liam Hegarty
  • Games Development Officer: Robert Tierney

Games Development Administrators (GDA)

The role of the GDA is that of organizer, coordinator, educator as well as a coach. Flexibility and mobility are very important as the GDA continues to support the large volunteer sector working on the ground. While GDA’s work primarily within their respective divisions at times they assist with event/activities in other divisions and on behalf of the USGAA Development Committee.

GDA’s work can be categorized under one or more of the following Key Areas

  • Area 1 – Games Opportunities (Child)
  • Area 2 – Games Opportunities (Youth)
  • Area 3 – School Initiatives
  • Area 4 – Camps
  • Area 5 – Talent Academies
  • Area 6 – Learning & Development

Based in four of USGAA’s ten divisions, GDA’s are responsible for:

  • Club Development (Admin & Planning)
  • Schools Initiatives
  • Academies – Elite Players
  • Camp Programme
  • Go Games Blitzes/Leagues
  • Super Touch Blitzes/Leagues
  • Skills Tests
  • Adult Club Development
  • Linking Youth Clubs with Adult Clubs
  • Coach and Referee Education
  • Planning and Reporting (MIS & TMS)
  • Promotion & Publicity

The 2017-18 GDA’s are:

Games Development Officer (GDO)

The USGAA Games Development Officer is responsible for coordinating games development within the country. Among their duties are:

  • Managing the GDA program
  • Managing the Global Games Development Fund
  • Managing development finances and budgets
  • Liaising with the Coach tutor leader
  • Liaising with the USGAA Referee Administrator
  • Facilitating development throughout the country

For further details contact Robert Tierney  | 412-478-2799

Coach Tutor Leader

Liaising between our divisional development committees, national coach tutors and games development, the coach tutor is responsible for directing Coach Tutor strategy throughout the country along with Games Development Committee.

For more information, contact: the USGAA GDO at

Project Support

Global Games Development Fund

Since 2013, through the Global Games Development Fund, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and the GAA have provided financial support for developmental projects and initiatives in GAA clubs across Asia, Australasia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America.
The Global Games Development Fund is co-funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade’s Emigrant Support Programme and the GAA. The Fund provides financial support specifically for projects and initiatives that increase or improve opportunities for the Irish Diaspora and other communities abroad to play Gaelic Games. Through the provision of financial assistance, it is the aim of the Fund to support the Irish Diaspora and strengthen Irish networks and Irish identity internationally.
Over the past three years, more than 80 projects have received funding through the Global Games Development Fund. The projects are varied and reflect the needs of the Irish Diaspora and GAA in a particular area or region.
Applications are now closed for the most recent round of funding. USGAA development will send information to all clubs should the Fund be available for application in late 2018.


Development News

Support USGAA on #GivingTuesday

Support USGAA on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a day to give to something back. What could be better than supporting grassroots hurling and gaelic football.   Today, USGAA is providing coaching, referees, games administration and development to more than 100 clubs around the country to advance...

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Games Development Administrator – Job Opportunities

Games Development Administrator – Job Opportunities

NOTE: We plan on appointing in January post-interviews with start date ASAP after that. The contract for 2018 would be until December 30th 2018, and is up for renewal annually based on performance, funding, and Games Development strategic planning. You can visit the...

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USGAA Convention – Virginia Beach 2017

The 2017 USGAA Convention was hosted by the Coastal Virginia GAA club at an unseasonably chilly Virginia Beach. Making the journey by plane, train, or automobile, more than 100 delegates from clubs across the United States convened on the Four Points Hotel Friday...

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2017 USGAA Convention Details announced

2017 USGAA Convention Details announced

The 2017 USGAA Convention will take place in the coastal city of Virginia Beach on the weekend of November 10-12, 2017. As games continue around the country the USGAA competitive season has ended and it is time for clubs to get together and make plans for next year....

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