Monday 18 December 2017

Board officials alarmed at extra €750,000 fee for provision of players' gear

For footwear items alone, a county could potentially have to meet costs of €500 per player in the year if a team reaches an All-Ireland quarter-final Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
For footwear items alone, a county could potentially have to meet costs of €500 per player in the year if a team reaches an All-Ireland quarter-final Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

County boards could have to fork out at additional €750,000 to service the element of gear provision in the latest GAA/GPA agreement unveiled last July.

Board finance officials have been alarmed by the spike in costs of providing gear under the terms of the new recognition protocol. For the first time pre-season squads will be treated separately to league or championship squads and that is placing the biggest burden on board finances, given the size of some of the squads being carried in the winter months.

The issue was referenced at Congress by Donegal chairman Sean Dunnion last weekend.

Estimates by those who have audited the requirement now put the average gear expense at around €1,000 per player per annum.

That's up from between €500 and €600 previously.

For footwear items alone, a county could potentially have to meet costs of €500 per player in the year if a team reaches an All-Ireland quarter-final.

The GAA/GPA deal struck for three years, 2017-2019, had a headline figure of €6.2m but some subsequent estimates put that potentially higher.

With the provision of additional gear across three distinct phases of the season, it represents an even better deal struck by the GPA's negotiators.

GAA management did indicate at Congress that they would look into the issues raised by counties around the deal with the players' body.

Irish Independent

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