Two year extension to Jim Madden Leadership Programme for GPA and WGPA members confirmed

100 male and female inter county players have undertaken the programme so far and this will double after today’s announcement

Programme also includes a school programme where players have to date visited over 80 schools and spoken to over 2,300 primary school children about how to be leaders in their communities

21 May 2018/Author: Media GPA/Number of views (539)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 2.0
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McDonagh, Ring, Rackard & Meagher Cups launched at Croke Park

McDonagh, Ring, Rackard & Meagher Cups launched at Croke Park

The GAA today launched the 2018 McDonagh, Ring, Rackard and Meagher Cups at Croke Park in the company of players from counties competing in these competitions.

The inaugural McDonagh Cup begins next weekend with the meetings of Meath and Antrim, Carlow and Kerry and Laois and Westmeath. The competition is named after former GAA President and Galway hurler Joe McDonagh.

The following weekend the Ring and Rackard Cups commence. Wicklow, Mayo, Kildare, Roscommon, Derry, London, Down and Armagh all have round one Ring Cup action and Louth, Warickshire, Monaghan, Longford, Tyrone and Donegal get the Rackard Cup up and running.

Fermanagh, Cavan, Lancashire and Sligo get the Meagher Cup off to a start on Saturday May 19.

30 April 2018/Author: Media GPA/Number of views (660)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Executive MBA Scholarship Opportunities at Athlone Institute of Technology Now Available for all Gaelic Players Association Members


 Scholarships collaboration with AIT will enable players to maximise their potential through education and develop the next generation of leaders.

24 April 2018/Author: Media GPA/Number of views (656)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Gaelic Players Association (GPA) CEO Vacancy

Chief Executive Officer Vacancy

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) was established by players for players, and today is the official representative body for all county players in both football and hurling.  Representing over 2,300 current players and an increasing number of past players, this not - for-profit organisation continues to make a real difference in the lives of those who play or have played our national games.

The organisation has represented our county players for almost twenty years.  We are supporting, educating and developing our athletes, both male and female in a wide variety of skills.  We are developing entrepreneurial leaders with business startups and helping others focus on what’s important as they transition away from the playing field. The GPA is now operating on the international stage, promoting our games to new audiences and building awareness around player welfare.

These successes have boosted the GPA’s national and international profile and the Association is experiencing substantial growth in services as a result. We are confident that along with our Commercial Partners we can continue to build a home for all members of our GPA family. In recent years we partnered with the Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA) and we look forward to building this relationship further.

The GPA now seeks to appoint an experienced, motivated and motivating CEO who will oversee the organization’s day to day management and lead it to continued growth and success.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic leader with excellent people skills and the ability to establish and develop positive relationships with a range of stakeholders including our players, the GAA, Government Bodies, commercial partners, individual supporters and staff. The CEO will inspire confidence, have the ability to develop and implement operational policies and possess the drive and skills to deliver the GPA vision outlined in its Strategic Plan.

This is an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced individual with strong leadership and managerial qualities combined with a passion for our games.

All enquiries and requests for a detailed job description should be emailed to The Closing date for applications is Friday the 27th of April 2018 at 5pm.

The GPA reserve the right to create a candidate shortlist - not all candidates will be brought forward for interview

13 April 2018/Author: Media GPA/Number of views (2987)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Statement on behalf of the Gaelic Players Association

Players must be consulted on fixture changes – GPA

Players must be consulted on fixture changes

27 March 2018

The GPA have had a huge response from members on the panels impacted by this weekend’s cancelled division four football league games. The players are angry that once again they were not consulted on key policy decisions that directly impact them. Alternative dates were put forward by a number of squads but it appears that these were not taken into consideration by decision makers. In both cases support was given by County boards for the proposed alternative dates.

Speaking today President of the GPA, David Collins said: “The GPA have been working closely in recent days with the teams involved and we were very disappointed that the players were not asked for their input before the games were cancelled. We appreciate that the County Boards are under pressure and that adverse weather conditions have complicated the inter-county fixture planner, but there is no excuse for not consulting players before announcing the cancellations. These cancellations will cause significant disruption to teams who are preparing for the championship. The GPA will continue to meet with GAA representatives to make the case that such unilateral decisions are unacceptable and must not be repeated in future. Open dialogue with players is a far superior approach to handling situations like this.”

27 March 2018/Author: Media GPA/Number of views (1595)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 2.0
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