“The t ime has come for al l coaches to become Garda Vet ted” Liam Cassidy – TICA Chairman.
The issue of getting yourself Garda Vetted (or Northern Ireland equivalent – see note below) is becoming bigger with every week that passes. More and more it is becoming standard policy for Clubs, schools and Parks employers to ask if a coach applying for work has been through this process. And it is not going to go away – in fact it is inevitably going to become an industry standard in the very near future.
In January 2006 at the request of the Irish Sports Council, Tennis Ireland agreed to start a process of vetting for all voluntary and professional staff connected with the association and its affiliated bodies. The National Governing Body, with the full support and backing of TICA, is now moving into the final stages of implementing the Garda Vetting Programme. This phase entails the Garda Vetting of all tennis coaches and assistants working in Ireland. About half of TICA members have now applied to be Garda Vetted. If you are in the 50% of members who have not as yet applied to commence the process – now is the time to do it. Our aim in TICA is to have 100% of our members Garda Vetted, and the sooner the better. Why? Because we feel that nothing is more important in tennis than the safety of each child who is involved in our sport.
TICA recommends in the strongest possible terms that you adopt a pro active stance to this process. Go to http://www.tennisireland.ie/clubs/garda_vetting to download the necessary form, complete it and return to: The Authorised Signatory, Tennis Ireland, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
The above web page also contains a set of `Frequently Asked Questions` from which you can gain further insight into the process. If queries remain after consulting this document, please contact Roger Geraghty (National Childrens Officer) at 086 231 6478 to discuss your query. Coach Vetting in Northern Ireland:
For further details visit the downloads section under child protection on the Ulster Tennis web
All the best,