GPA

  • 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.

     

     

  • 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 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.

  • 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.