The Camogie Association are disappointed the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) has not engaged in a meaningful way with the Association regarding the State of Play Report since 14th June 2023.
The Camogie Association has again formally requested re-engagement from the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) regarding the State of Play Report. This request comes after the GPA presented the report to the Ard Chomhairle on June 14th, 2023. The Association are seeking more detailed information and identification of priority areas that need to be addressed.
The Camogie Association recognises the significance of the concerns raised by inter-county players and emphasises the importance of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) re-engaging with us on these matters. We are steadfast in our commitment to collaborating with them, firmly believing that open and constructive dialogue is the most effective approach to address these issues.
The information requested will provide valuable insight into any existing issues or inequities. We are fully committed to working with the GPA to address these concerns, using the resources available to our Association in the short, medium, and long term, however, it is imperative we understand all the data presented before we can action any elements of the report.
The Camogie Association has noted the comments made by GAA Director General Tom Ryan to the Joint Committee for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media yesterday and is following up directly with the Director General on the GAA’s availability to support the efforts of the Camogie Association to improve supports to inter county players.
The Camogie Association has made significant strides in securing Government Funding for our organisation, spanning from grassroots to elite levels. Through the current Inter County Government Support Scheme, Inter County Camogie players are eligible for team supports of up to €14,000 per team. This funding encompasses various aspects such as physical and performance support, facilities, nutrition, and gear.
Furthermore, individual annual expenses funding totalling Circ. €1.6 million is available to Camogie Association and LGFA inter county players, with allocation distributed among teams and players. This funding is administered through an annual ‘Squad Charter’ process, where county boards, player representatives, and team management collectively endorse the plan.
In 2023, the Inter County Government Support Scheme receives a total funding of €5,641,791, which is allocated proportionally to ensure equitable financial support for both male and female codes. These financial provisions demonstrate our commitment to providing equal opportunities and resources, ensuring that both codes receive comparable support.
We greatly appreciate the tremendous efforts of our County Boards, who tirelessly fundraise to implement the current Squad Charter recommendations for adult Inter County players. Simultaneously, they ensure the provision of services to all other players at the club and underage levels.
We extend our utmost gratitude to our sponsors for their unwavering support and enduring dedication to camogie across all levels. Their long-term commitment has played a pivotal role in driving the growth and success of our sport. The Camogie Association has experienced a significant boost in commercial income in recent years. This has allowed us to capture a wider audience and actively work towards enhancing attendance at our games. Moreover, the extensive coverage provided by RTE has enabled us to reach new and diverse audiences, expanding the reach and impact of camogie. We are sincerely thankful to everyone involved in making this possible.