The GPA Education Programme is designed to support athletes operating in a high performance environment to maximize their potential through education and develop the next generation of leaders.

There is a particular focus on supporting players or former players whose circumstances prohibit the pursuit of further education and encouraging a return to education where appropriate. 

An additional Educational Advice Resource aimed at ensuring players make the right educational choices supplements this Programme.

Players supported in education have been assisted under the following categories: 

Scholarship Programme

Back to Education 

Sponsor-A-Scholar  Fund

PHD Supports

Leadership Programme (See Madden Programme)

The aim of the GPA Education Programme is to ensure that county players maximise their career potential through education while simultaneously managing their substantial commitment to our elite amateur games. 

“This time last year I contacted the GPA in a state of worry about funding for my Masters degree and was stressed out to the max. A year later I have Sigerson, Munster and All-Ireland medals in my back pocket, I'm in line for a 1.1 in my Masters degree and I just got offered a fantastic job in my home town. This was made possible with the assistance of the GPA and I am forever grateful.” Brian Kelly, Kerry footballer

GPA Members

If you are currently Logged In to your GPA account and want to access this programme please click here. Alternatively, if you are currently Logged Out of your GPA account please click here to log in and apply for this programme.

If you have any queries in relation to education funding, please contact

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