Kildare insist training plan not a 'camp'
KILDARE officials insist their team's intensive training schedule this weekend is not contravening any rules because it is technically, not a 'training camp'.
The Lilywhite senior inter-county players will be unavailable to their clubs from Friday to Sunday inclusive because they are doing three days of intensive training at Johnstown House in Enfield.
This has caused some disquiet locally because there are county championship games in two weeks. And questions have also been asked about whether Kildare are breaking the GAA's Rule 6.23.
This states that "senior inter-county panels shall not be permitted to go on training weekends, or training of longer duration, after the final of the respective national leagues have been played, except during the 13 days prior to a senior championship game (20 days in the case of an All-Ireland final)."
Kildare's first game in the Leinster SFC (against Wicklow) does not take place until May 22, so a 'training camp' before May 9 would contravene that. Yet county chairman John McMahon insisted yesterday that this weekend's intensive block of training is not a 'camp'.
"The team would be training four and five times a week already and are just putting this together in quick succession over a few days," he said.
He conceded that some players would stay over in the hotel but said: "There is no compulsion on players to stay the weekend. They can check-in and out as they wish in consultation with the team management."
He conceded that there has been some opposition locally to this weekend's arrangements. "There wasn't complete agreement," McMahon admitted. "We tried to find a consensus and the common view was that these dates were best but, as with everything, you can't please all the people all the time."