O’Neill’s GFC An Port Mor Drug & Alcohol Policy
Cumann Lúthchleas Gael are committed as part of their overall philosophy to
‘Discourage the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco on the basis that they are
incompatible with a healthy approach to sporting activity’.
O’Neill’s Gaelic Football Club An Port Mor believe that we need to work towards creating a safe, healthy club environment where we can develop the skills and attitudes necessary to cope with drug and alcohol related issues. All club members, officials, coaches and volunteers as part of this club shall follow the law when it comes to illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco and shall display leadership and good example, particularly when dealing with underage members.
Definition of Drugs:
For the purpose of this policy the term “drug” shall include all mood altering substances, both legal and illegal and involve substances such as:
• “Over the counter” medicines such as paracetamol, anti-histamines, cough
• Prescribed drugs such as antibiotics, inhalers, painkillers etc.
• Volatile substances such as aerosols, glues, petrol, cigarette lighter fuels etc.
• Controlled drugs such as cannabis, ecstasy, amphetamines, magic mushrooms,
• Performance enhancing sports related drugs as outlined by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Aims and Objectives:
The aim of this policy is to ensure that all club members are kept safe from drug-related harm when involved in club activities.
Our objectives are…
• To develop a consistent approach to drug-related issues to be adopted by all club
• To develop procedures and protocols that address drug-related issues in the club.
• To establish clear procedures for managing specific incidents of suspected drug
List of Recommended Actions
The Chairperson and Executive of the club shall adopt and discharge actions from the
following list as appropriate to the resources of the Club.
O’Neill’s Gaelic Football Club An Port Mor shall take the following actions…
• 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.
• Alcohol advertisements shall be phased out on club jerseys.
All persons associated with our club can help prevent drug-related harm from occurring during club activities. The following roles are as :
• Be aware of and adhere to O’Neill’s Gaelic Football Club An Port Mor policy in relation to drugs. Should any member be aware of drug abuse he/she should contact the club Chairman or A.S.A.P. Officer.
Parents and Guardians
• Support the club in the development and implementation of this policy including
procedures for handling incidents of suspected drug misuse. Should any parent/guardian be aware of drug abuse he/she should contact the club Chairman or A.S.A.P. Officer.
• Be aware of the possibility of drug misuse among players and pass on concerns with the aim of preventing harm to the executive committee.
Club A.S.A.P. Officer
• The A.S.A.P. Club Officer is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and evaluation of this policy in conjunction with the Club Chairperson and Executive.
• The Club ASAP Officer is Shane Nugent.
Club Chairman and Executive
All relevant information, paraphernalia or suspected substances found or received shall be forwarded to the Club Chairperson who shall consult with the necessary parties before taking relevant action based upon this policy. In the event of the Chairperson not being available to discharge these duties this responsibility will then automatically fall to the Vice Chairperson or Secretary.
Education programme about drugs and alcohol
O’Neill’s Gaelic Football Club An Port Mor shall arrange a drug education programme for members, players, parents etc as appropriate. This drug education programme may include the promotion of club policy, provision of literature, workshops or information sessions.
• The Club A.S.A.P. Officer in conjunction with the Club Chairperson and Executive shall arrange to provide drug education annually for adults associated with the club.
• The Club A.S.A.P. Officer in conjunction with the Club Chairperson and Executive shall arrange to provide age appropriate drug education annually for young people
associated with the club.
Protocol for dealing with drug misuse
O’Neill’s Gaelic Football Club An Port Mor shall endeavour to respond to all drug-related incidents in a firm but fair manner, with due respect for the safety and welfare of individuals involved, other members of the club and the wider community. We shall also fulfil any legal obligations that might apply.
Outline of Restrictions
The misuse or supply of drugs is viewed as unacceptable by O’Neill’s Gaelic Football Club An Port Mor punishable by warnings, suspensions and expulsions as deemed appropriate. It is also unacceptable for members or officials to present for club duties while under the influence of a drug.
Reporting of Incidents
Alleged or confirmed incidents in breach of this policy shall be referred to the Club Chairperson.
Recording of Information
Information regarding alleged or confirmed incidents in breach of this policy shall be recorded in writing. The recording of factual information is preferable and all opinions shall be stated as such. Responses to cases shall also be recorded in this way. Only in confirmed cases shall names of individuals be recorded.
While every effort shall be made to respect confidentiality, it may not be always be possible to guarantee confidentiality in relation to drug-related incidents.
Incidents involving any person under 18 years of age will require their parents/guardians to be informed. Parents/guardians shall be invited to discuss what has happened and shall be informed of any course of action to be taken by the club. The Club Chairperson and Executive shall nominate a person to inform parents/guardians on a case by case basis.
Incidents that involve the illegal supply of drugs shall require PSNI involvement. In all other drug-related incidents, each case shall be considered on an individual basis and the decision shall rest with the Club Chairperson and Executive as to whether or not the police are involved.
The Club Chairperson and Executive retain the right to direct a search of any part of club property if there is reasonable cause to believe a substance in breach of this policy is contained therein. Two officials of the club shall be present during any form of search. Club Officials are not allowed to search an individual or their personal property. Where there is reasonable cause to believe a person has in their possession a substance in breach of this policy, they shall be asked to volunteer the substance. If they refuse, the PSNI may be called in to conduct a search.
Disposing of suspected illegal substances
If a suspected illegal substance is found on club property it shall be brought to the attention of the Club Chairperson. The substance shall be stored securely and the Club Chairperson shall then decide whether the PSNI should be called to collect it, or whether it should be disposed of. Any disposal of suspected illegal substances shall be recorded and witnessed by two officials. At no time shall a suspected illegal substance be removed from club property by anyone other than the PSNI.
Availability, use and storage of solvents and gases
A large number of solvent based products have the potential to be abused (e.g. deodorants, paints, thinners, cleaning fluids etc). All solvent based materials and gases shall be stored securely and safely away from public access.
Monitoring and Evaluation
This policy is in force at all times and during all activities conducted under the aegis of Cumann Lúthchleas Gael. This policy shall be evaluated annually and after every drug-related incident. This policy shall come into effect on 1st January 2009 and shall be reviewed annually thereafter by the A.S.A.P. Club Officer in conjunction with the Club Chairperson and Executive.