New €6.9 million funding deal for inter-county GAA players

Three-year agreement will see funding rise from €1.6m in 2017 to €3m in 2019

A three-year funding agreement worth €6.9 million for inter-county players has been announced. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

A three-year funding agreement worth €6.9 million for inter-county players has been announced. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

 

Funding worth €6.9 million will be provided for inter-county GAA players over the next three years, it has been annouced.

The new three-year agreement was revealed in Croke Park on Wednesday morning, and will see €1.6 million provided to players in 2017, with this figure rising to €2.3 million in 2018 and €3 million in 2019.

As in previous agreements, Sport Ireland will give the money to the GAA, who will work with the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) to decide the appropriate ways to distribute the funding.

CEO of the GPA Dessie Farrell welcomed the announcement, he said: “This new arrangement will facilitate the development of an important programme between Government and Players in tackling some of the more intractable societal challenges in Ireland today.

“This will happen through a more targeted approach and will leverage the role model status of many of our top county players to influence positive change.

“Players look forward to taking an even more prominent role in making a meaningful difference, particularly, in the lives our young people across the country.”

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “This agreement provides continued recognition for the contribution of Gaelic inter-county players to the economic and social fabric of the nation.

“Our inter-county players showcase the skill, excellence and commitment of our national games at home and abroad. They train hard to become the best they can be, in order to do their county, their town or their parish proud.

“As well as promoting increased levels of physical activity, our Gaelic players can act as important role models in a number of other key policy areas at local and national level.

“These include the promotion of mental health wellbeing, the fight against obesity and the prevention of alcohol and drugs misuse. I look forward to the continued support of our inter-county footballers and hurlers in these and other areas and as role models which young people’s can emulate.”

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