After years of worsening conditions, a groundswell of frustration among GAA club players has finally manifested itself as the Club Players Association. The organisation launches its campaign today at the Ballyboden St Enda’s club. Their aim is to improve the fixture conditions for players in over 2300 clubs across the county.
The idea of a club player representative body has been tossed around for some time. However, former Monaghan selector, Declan Brennan has made it a reality. They have released a statement via Twitter entitled ‘I am the Man’, highlighting the concerns and difficulty of club players.
— ClubPlayersAssoc (@ClubPlayerAssoc) January 6, 2017
Club players are concerned at the unpredictable nature of fixtures in the club calendar. This is due to inter-county fixtures, which vary significantly throughout the summer depending on team progression in the championship. Players can often go months without competitive action followed by a heavily congested schedule once the intercounty season concludes. Inter-county players (both active and retired) have come out in support of club players including Chrissy McKaigue, Padraic Joyce and Paddy Stapleton.
The new group has certainly sparked interest with nearly four thousand followers on its Facebook page and over six thousand on Twitter. Its first order of business will be to gain recognition from the GAA. Headquarters has yet to officially comment on its formation.
You can register as a member here.
John Fitzpatrick, Pundit Arena