Thursday 18 October 2018

Dublin express concern at cut in funding for coaching

Dublin chairman Sean Shanley. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin chairman Sean Shanley. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Dublin GAA chairman Sean Shanley has expressed concern at the cut in funding for coaching and games development in the county.

The GAA's annual accounts show that Dublin received €1.298 million, a drop of €165,000 on their 2016 allocation.

It is still over €1m more than the next biggest allocation, Meath's €267,046.

Shanley has said the cut could threaten the placement of coaches in areas where penetration is not strong and where financially-challenged clubs need subsidies.

Dublin generally operate a 'euro for euro' coaching structure whereby a club will meet the funding of a coach halfway.

But there are cases where clubs need greater county board intervention, according to Shanley, and they may be affected by this.

Resources

Since 2005, when the government signed off on a €1m Irish Sports Council scheme to help Dublin GAA, almost €19m has been earmarked for the capital's games development programmes from GAA resources, buoyed by that Sports Council injection.

But with the success of Dublin football teams, primarily through this decade, a strong light has shone on this funding, with Croke Park continuously pledging to rebalance with other counties.

Shanley has expressed his concern about the employment of some coaches in the future, with 70 currently working in the county.

"We're doing well with sponsorship at the moment (€1.46m in commercial revenue was generated by the county in 2017) when the team is doing well but the coaching and games development money purely keeps games promotion officers (GPOs) in the clubs," he said.

"There are a few clubs in Dublin that are in trouble, money-wise, and they can't afford it."

Irish Independent

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