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Oppressive training regimes driving youngsters away from Gaelic Games

Martin Breheny


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'We will continue to hear plenty about adult players opting out because of poor fixture-planning, but in all probability a whole lot more are drifting away much earlier because of oppressive training regimes that were never meant for children.' Photo: Sportsfile

'We will continue to hear plenty about adult players opting out because of poor fixture-planning, but in all probability a whole lot more are drifting away much earlier because of oppressive training regimes that were never meant for children.' Photo: Sportsfile

'We will continue to hear plenty about adult players opting out because of poor fixture-planning, but in all probability a whole lot more are drifting away much earlier because of oppressive training regimes that were never meant for children.' Photo: Sportsfile

Back in the late 1980s, I did a series of interviews with some top inter-county players where the central theme was how they saw the GAA and their role in it. Things were different then - players spoke their minds, rather than talking in stodgy platitudes.

Some examples: "Refereeing standards are awful - and getting worse" - Dinny Allen (Cork). He suggested the remedy was to establish an elite squad of professional refs.


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