The ASAP (Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention) Programme is a joint venture by the GAA and the Health Service Executive. The aim of the programme is to reduce the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs. The programme forms part of the GAA’s attempts to tackle what has unfortunately become an ever more obvious problem in Irish society.
The GAA have appointed an officer in each province and county to deal with the rollout of the programme and it is hoped that each club will appoint their own officer. Several well-known inter-county players are also involved in the scheme. In order to respond effectively to drug and alcohol related problems every club must develop a Club Drug and Alcohol Policy that is appropriate to the local area.
To successfully complete this undertaking it is essential that the club appoints an ASAP Officer who will work under the guidance of the ASAP County Officer. If you are interested in taking on this important role then please get in touch.
The club is currently working to develop an ASAP Policy and over the coming weeks we shall hopefully be in a position to promote the programme. Many of the suggestions contained in the policy are very simple and can be implemented easily and immediately. These include the following:
- Following a final, the cup shall not be filled with alcohol during celebrations.
- Coaches and Club Officials shall not smoke or drink alcohol while representing their club at matches or training sessions.
- Cigarettes shall not be sold in the clubhouse.
- Medal ceremonies shall not be held in pubs.
- Under 18′s shall not be brought to pubs on the way home from matches, outings or training sessions.
- Alcohol shall not be served at functions for players aged under 18 years of age.
- Alcohol advertisements shall be phased out on club jerseys.
I have attached for you information a number of links to official GAA websites that contains information concerning health, wellness and alcohol & drug issues.