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Vital conference for GAA

By John Campbell

The stage is set for what promises to be one of the most important conferences in the history of the Ulster Council.

It's at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast on October 20 that representatives from clubs throughout the province will gather to participate in a club and community development initiative hosted by the Council and embracing several major issues.

The prime purpose of the conference will be to equip club officials and volunteers with the skills required to help develop their club as the central 'hub' of the community.

"The conference will also highlight the positive effect the GAA clubs can have in tackling the wider social issues including anti-social behaviour, enhancement of social capital and the ongoing health agenda," said an Ulster Council spokesman.

The conference will include workshops and a range of discussions which will give club officers opportunity for personal development in the area of community leadership.

The conference will also include a plenary forum with a specially-selected panel which will allow Ulster Council officials to obtain feedback from club volunteers on how to improve current programmes and GAA initiatives.

"The conference attendance will be limited to 400 and places will be distributed on a first come, first served basis," added the Council spokesman.

The cost of attending is £15 or €20.

It is expected that a range of outside groups and businesses with an interest in club development will be present at the conference.

"This is an important conference particularly in the current climate and we are confident that there will be an enthusiastic response," said the spokesman.

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