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Almost one in three Cavan club players against 2020 championship

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'The GAA has set up an advisory group to guide the Association’s plan to open back up.' Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

'The GAA has set up an advisory group to guide the Association’s plan to open back up.' Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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'The GAA has set up an advisory group to guide the Association’s plan to open back up.' Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

A survey of Cavan club footballers has revealed that 30 per cent believe that championships should not take place in their county this year.

The survey, conducted privately by the 'Anglo-Celt' newspaper, closely tracked the recent findings by the Club Players Association which revealed that one in five players were not prepared to play again until a vaccine to prevent Covid-19 contraction was available while another 21 per cent were not sure of their answer to the same question.

From 320 respondents, 98 (30.6 per cent) 'strongly agreed' that there should be a championship while a further 134 (38.75 per cent) 'agreed.'

The 'Celt' found however that 71 (22.2 per cent) disagreed while 27 (8.45 per cent) 'strongly disagreed' with a resumption.

With close to one third not comfortable with it at this point, it would leave the resumption of club games in jeopardy.

Interestingly, some 60 per cent of respondents favoured a four-week preparation window prior to any resumption, mirroring what the Gaelic Players Association has called for ahead of any inter-county return.

Some 133 (41.6 per cent) respondents were satisfied with four weeks while 64 (20 per cent) wanted more than four weeks.

Vaccine

The questions posed by the CPA more than two weeks ago, pertaining to a vaccine, were slightly different but the general sentiment was still much the same.

The CPA found that 27 per cent of its respondents lived with someone over 70 or who would be classed as being in a vulnerable position.

The figure who would play if temperature checks were in place rose to 64 per cent.

The GAA has set up an advisory group to guide the Association's plan to open back up and the most likely first step is to open up perimeter walkways in clubs for over 70s, following the move by the IRFU which has taken steps to open up its facilities for that purpose once public health guidelines on social distancing are in place.

The GAA has indicated that club grounds will remain shut until July 20, phase four of the Government roadmap but that remains under review.

The 'Celt' survey also found that almost two-thirds surveyed agreed that the commitment levels involved in playing for their clubs was too high.

Of the 320 respondents around a third said they were members of the Club Players Association.

Irish Independent