Friday 18 October 2019

CPA to be part of GAA's Fixtures Review Group

Tom Ryan, GAA Director-General. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Tom Ryan, GAA Director-General. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

The GAA will establish a Fixtures Review Group which will look at the association's calendar crisis with a view to having a proposal to bring to Congress in February 2020, writes Donnchadh Boyle.

After a meeting last week that included the GAA's top brass in director-general Tom Ryan and president John Horan, and the CPA (Club Players Association), the 10-strong committee was tasked with bringing certainty to the GAA fixtures calendar for both club and county players.

The CPA will be a part of that group with the group's make-up set to be confirmed at the end of this month, but it's expected that various stakeholders, including provincial councils and third-level representatives, will be part of the set-up.

It represents a significant breakthrough for the CPA who have had a fraught relationship with central powers on occasions.

And it has been agreed that "no idea will be off the table" when it comes to revamping the calendar, in line with the 'blank-canvas' approach they had lobbied for.

The first meeting of the Fixtures Review Group will take place early next month and they will submit recommendations to Croke Park later this year.

"While a lot of work remains to be done, we are optimistic that there is sufficient goodwill on all sides to deliver real and lasting change," read a missive from the CPA to its members.

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