GPA’s Reps Roadshow Draws to a Close

For the last 3 weeks, the Gaelic Players Association (GPA), was on the road, conducting a series of regional rep workshops, aimed at engaging with its members. Seven workshops were held across different locations all over the country, drawing participation from 110 reps. The discussions during these workshops covered crucial topics pertinent to the interests and concerns of inter-county players.

One of the central themes was the forthcoming negotiations on a new protocol with the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), underscoring the importance of the GPA providing an independent, collective voice to advocate for players’ rights and welfare within the framework of the sport. Much attention was also given to finalising the new Female Charter, collecting valuable player feedback and ensuring all players are given the opportunity to have their voices heard.

The structure of split season was also discussed, with a focus on its potential benefits as well as challenges for players, and the overall structure of the Gaelic season. Additionally, there was further discussion on the aspect of player load and its management, acknowledging the increased physical and mental demands faced by athletes while exploring potential strategies to mitigate these challenges effectively.  Finally, attendees gave their input on the significance of state funding for inter-county players and the equality of recognition for male and female players.

Overall, the Reps Roadshow served as a platform for meaningful dialogue and collaboration among players, laying the groundwork for informed decision-making and advocacy on key issues impacting inter-county players.

Workshop Locations:

  • Athlone
  • Limerick
  • Dublin
  • Mayo
  • Armagh
  • Tyrone
  • Carlow

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