€40,000 more is needed on draw
THE MODEL County draw is crucial to the future well-being of the G.A.A. in Wexford both at county and club level.
That's according to County Chairman, Diarmuid Devereux, who said they needed to bring in a €200,000 surplus which would be a €40,000 increase on last year.
'Should we fail to achieve this the clubs will have to come up with the shortfall. This is serious stuff as €180,000 will have to be available to the County Board on October 1 to meet our bank commitments on the Ferns Centre of Excellence.
'There is nothing we can do. We owe €1.8m on Ferns and this will have to be met, and it will also have to be met to preserve our generous loan rate of €2%,' he added.
The Chairman said they hoped to open the Ferns Centre of Excellence in June, with their other target being the provision of dressing-rooms and ancillary developments.
'Also one of our priorities this year is in relation to coaching and development. This year we will field 21 Wexford teams. We will also be progressing the Hurling 365 programme, along with the development of football. We are pushing ahead with the Wexford town Urban Development Plan which will be progressed also to New Ross.
'On gates, it will be necessary to increase admission to meet targets set out in the Strategic Plan.'