Certificate in Event Controlling

Programme Background

The aim of this programme is to train Sports Volunteers from any organisation in the planning and provision of safety for all event day stakeholders (including spectators, players, match officials, personnel involved in ground and match day operations, media and local residents).

The module was initially designed and offered in association with the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).  The GAA was founded in 1884 and is an All-Ireland sporting and cultural organisation that today has a presence on all five continents.  It is Ireland’s largest sporting organisation, the principles of which are based on an amateur ethos.  It is a volunteer led, community based organisation of almost 2,500 clubs and 1,000,000 members.  The GAA organises and administers a range of sports including Gaelic Football, Hurling, Camogie, Handball and Rounders.  The programme has been carefully constructed to acknowledge and develop the leadership and management skills required by those involved in team management and leadership roles in a dynamic sporting environment.

Programme Details

Level: Level 6 - Special Purpose Award - 10 ECTS Modules
Course Duration: This is an intensive short programme to run in the off season and comprises of 3 x 2 day blocks with continuous assessment coursework throughout.
Course Structure: Classes generally take place on Friday evenings and full day Saturday
Programme Location: The programme can be delivered in any location as requested
Entry Requirements: All applicants will be considered on a case by case basis and in general will be nominated by their respective organisation

Further Information:


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t: 059 917 5286



Roles and Responsibilities of Event Controllers

On completion of this section the students will be able to:

  • Identify the roles, responsibilities and limits of authority of the following in relation to the safety of stakeholders of a match/ event
  • Know how to ensure the readiness of the venue and personnel prior to the event in relation to the safety of people attending/involved in the event, including children

Key Legislation and Guidance Material

On completion of this section the students will be able to:

  • Explain all relevant legal, statutory and organisational requirements for controlling safety at sporting and public events
  • Interpret relevant approved codes of practice and guidelines covering the organisation of events
  • Identify sources for the information they need to assess risk and know how to collect, collate and analyse this information

Event Planning and Risk Assessment

On completion of this section the students will be able to:

  • Specify efficient control procedures that minimize assessed risks according to legal, statutory and organisational requirements
  • Make sure control measures and procedures are effectively resourced
  • Ensure that control procedures integrate with the emergency plans of other organisations
  • Thoroughly prepare all relevant information before briefing others
  • Brief all the relevant people and make sure they understand all the relevant information about the control procedures

Contingency Planning

On completion of this section the students will be able to:

  • Develop an emergency action plan and describe each person’s roles and responsibilities within it
  • Identify the information that needs to be provided to the emergency services at the start of the emergency
  • Explain the importance of communicating clearly and assertively in an emergency and how to do so
  • Modify the response in such a way as to reduce the risks to those involved
  • Explain the handover procedures to the emergency services

Teams and Group Development

On completion of this section the students will be able to:

  • List characteristics of a ‘groupthink’ team
  • Explain the stages of group formation and generalising these to company workgroups
  • Identify individual roles within groups
  • Outline the characteristics of effective groups


On completion of this section the students will be able to:

  • Recognise the potential challenges with communication in the context of spectator events
  • Complete Incident reports, minute taking activities
  • Consider the requirements for inter-professional and public communication
  • Consider good practice in briefing and crisis communication
  • Develop a positive relationship with the key journalists/reporters so that they will contact the event controller following an incident, in the knowledge that they will receive and authoritative account


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