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  • The GAA and GPA have met to discuss the incoming rule changes to football.

    The GPA are unhappy that five different alterations will be trialled in next year's Allianz Leagues.

    96 per cent of their membership are said to be against the new limit of three consecutive hand passes.

    The GAA now say that following their use in the pre-season provincial competitions, the changes will be further discussed with Ard Chomhairle on January 19th.

     

     

  • The GAA could be in a position to announce the revised 2020 hurling and football Championship formats as early as Monday next.

    Croke Park officials will today meet the Gaelic Players Association as the re-arranged templates for the forthcoming provincial and All-Ireland series move closer to being approved.

    RTÉ Sport is reporting that there is a general agreement between all parties that Championship games will be completed by the end of this year.

  • GAA President John Horan has agreed to meet with representatives of the GPA.

    The Players Association is unhappy that new rule changes in football are to be trialed in next year's Allianz Leagues.

    The limiting of three consecutive hand-passes is the rule with which the GPA have the biggest problem, with 96 per cent of their membership believed to be against it.

    Horan is to meet with GPA President Paul Flynn, but says the GAA is not a "kneejerk organisation", and the decisions of Central Council are unlikely to be reversed so quickly.

  • The Gaelic Players Association and the Women's Gaelic Players Association have announced a number of new scholarships.

    Open to members of both organisations, they are in partnership with the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

    The funding covers four scholarships, which will research areas such as nutrition, recovery and sleep quality.

    The sporting organisations say this research will be hugely beneficial to both the GPA and WGOA to advance the welfare needs of male and female inter-county players going forward.

  • The Gaelic Players Association have written to county boards across the country asking them to stop any unauthorised inter-county training sessions.

    Despite the suspension of inter-county activity until September 14th, anecdotal evidence suggests many counties have been in breach of the rules.

    The players' association have also written to county boards, saying rules around inter-county training are "clear and unambiguous".

    However they have called for their members to be insured in the event of any unauthorised sessions, and have asked for players to be released to their counties once their club championship commitments have been completed.

  • A Gaelic Players Association survey is asking inter-county stars if they want the Allianz National Hurling and Football Leagues and Championships to go ahead as planned.

    The representative body is posing the question directly to the players in a survey, with the results expected tomorrow.

    Meanwhile, Minister Simon Coveney has said he has worries for the GAA ahead of the resumption of inter-county action this weekend.

    There are Covid-19 outbreaks in a number of county panels, including the Wexford hurlers and Fermanagh footballers.

  • The Gaelic Players Association are reported to have informed their players of the possibility there could be no GAA Championships this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    It is reported the GPA are set to be asked by the GAA to canvass their members over whether they would be in favour of playing matches behind closed doors if this was the only way of hosting the hurling and football championships.

    The GPA are believed to be in favour of a one month lead in time for their players to prepare for inter-county matches with no club activity for relevant players.

    Later today, the GAA will host a Special Congress where they are expected to sanction a Management Committee to make executive decisions around the calendar.

    Two motions are on the table.

    The first will discuss whether or not to hand over authority to the GAA's management committee.

    Should the first motion be passed then the second would allow the management committee make decisions on competition structures.

  • Former Mayo footballer David Brady was named as Gaelic Players Association Community Leader of the Year earlier in the week.

    David spent his time over the pandemic lockdown tackling the issue of social isolation, by offering to ring elderly GAA supporters who were cocooning for a chat.

    He joined Michael D McAndrew on Sunday Sport today to discuss why he decided to deliver on this concept.

  • The majority of inter-county Footballers are now in favour of a tiered All Ireland Championship.

    That is the finding of the latest survey by the Gaelic Players Association.

    Division four teams unanimously voted to boycott a proposed 'B' championship in 2016.

    The G-P-A say almost 60 per cent of the members now support splitting the tournament.

    They also found that there is a growing prevalence of hip and groin injuries, and that three quarters of inter county players feel the off season is too short.

  • Mayo football legend Cora Staunton says the vote to combine the Women's Gaelic Players Association and the GPA is a huge step towards equality in ladies football.

    Inter-county players from both organisations have voted to merge into a single 4,000-member body.

    The votes took place at separate EGMs last night, with 96% of WGPA delegates voting in favour and 100% of GPA delegates doing so.

    Speaking from Perth, Cora Staunton said it's  hugely significant and a monumental day for both associations.

     

  • Nearly a quarter of players surveyed by the GPA don’t want the inter-county season to resume.

    Over the course of the coming weekend, twenty National Football League fixtures are scheduled.

    However, there’s concern among the GPA’s membership around the implementation of COVID-19 protocols.

    52 per cent want the season to proceed, but 24 per cent do not.

    Another 24 per cent want to proceed, but only if coronavirus protocols are improved.

  • Mayo’s Tom Parsons has replaced Seamus Hickey as the new chairman of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA).

    The Charlestown man was ratified by the official players body’s national executive committee last week, and he takes over from former Limerick hurler Hickey who steps down after five years in the role.

    Parsons’ previous position as GPA secretary is taken up by Wexford hurling joint-captain Matthew O’Hanlon. The GPA also announced former DCU President Professor Brian MacCraith is the new chairman of the organisation’s board of directors.