DDISS is delighted to be joining representatives from GAA, IRFU (Ulster Branch) and the Irish FA to launch the “Tackle Bullying Now” event.


DDISS’s Regional Coordinator, Bob Smith, and Paul Stephenson from Child Protection in Sport Unit at the NSPCC will deliver workshops aimed at protecting both young people and volunteers across each of the 3 sports. The events will be held in:

  • Southern Regional College, Banbridge, Monday 6 October, 6.30 – 9pm
  • Sperrin College, Magherafelt, Wednesday 15 October, 6.30 – 9pm


These workshops will support clubs to “Build an Anti-Bullying culture in Sport” as well as helping volunteers in “Understanding the attraction and risks of Social Media”.


The three Associations have invited club representatives from across the country to attend this free event, which forms part of a wider joint project “Sport in the Community”.


Speaking of his involvement within the event, Bob Smith said:


“The London Safeguarding Forum (DDISS) is the lead regional body in all matters related to tackling bullying in our schools and in our communities. We are delighted to be working with the three sports bodies to raise awareness of the serious and damaging impact bullying can have on the lives of our children and young people.


“Through these workshops we aim to provide coaches and volunteers with the knowledge and skills to better enable them to play their part in making sport safer for all young people.”


For information about this free event or to register your place please contact 02890 669559 or email sportinthecommunity@gmail.com


For further information on this initiative please contact:
Fionntan O’Dowd (Ulster GAA): 02837 521900
Stephen Garrett (Irish FA): 02890 669559
Kerry Spence (IRFU Ulster Branch): 02890 493111