The GAA must protect the time they have allocated to club games in 2020 by applying rules and sanctions, if they are not to cause damage to the future of the Association.
That is the firm message from the CPA (Club Players Association) as counties formulate their return to play competition structures for the 2020 season. The CPA believes that the GAA must clearly demonstrate parity of esteem across all its members at this most difficult crossroads.
With the allocation of an 11-week club window, the CPA is adamant that this time is given over to clubs to enable meaningful competitive games for players despite the truncated season.
CPA Chairman Micheál Briody said: “As an association we must respect the integrity of our club competitions and this means using the time available in the best possible way. Suggestions of running off championships in blitz format or shrunk to a very tight timeframe to enable county preparations are sacrilege and will have long-lasting implications”.
To provide clarity to the GAA membership the CPA are asking (1): What are the leadership going to do to ensure all counties optimally use the 11 weeks allocated to run their championships? (2): What are the leadership going to do to ensure intercounty players are not asked or coerced into training with the intercounty team before they finish their club championships?
The Club Players Association recently held its AGM by videoconference, reaffirming its continuing campaign to Fix the Fixtures.
The AGM took place remotely on account of Covid-19 restrictions. Chairman Micheál Briody was re-elected to serve for a further year, with Tommie Kenoy of Kilmore GAA Club in Roscommon replacing Michael Higgins as secretary and Joan Kehoe taking over from Anthony Moyles as Treasurer.
Colm Garvey, also from the Kilmore club in Roscommon, has joined the executive.