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Safe Return to Gaelic Games

NUACHT RÁITEAS | MEDIA RELEASE

 

5 Meitheamh, 2020

Joint Media Release from the GAA, An Cumann Camógaíochta and the LGFA

Covid-19 Update – Safe Return to Gaelic Games

 

The GAA, An Cumann Camogaíochta and the LGFA have today published a plan for a safe return to Gaelic games for the three organisations.

The plan (attached) is the work of a specially appointed Advisory Committee, which included representatives of all three bodies, the GPA and a number of medical experts (see below for committee members).

It offers a route back to activity, subject to the government timelines being achieved in the weeks and months ahead.

It is broken down into sections covering Medical Advice; Preparing for a Safe Return; Information for Players and Team Personnel; Summary and Checklist; Roadmap for Return to Activity

Some of the stand-out elements of the report include:

  • A gradual return to on-field non-contact activity in Phase Three of the Government plan in small groups.
  • The need for an online education programme and new measures around temperature checking and completed documentation before training and games.
  • A return to contact sport on July 20.
  • Provisional windows for club activity and the return of inter-county training and competitions.

The document mirrors the Government roadmap and outlines the opt-in approach of the wider Gaelic games family regarding a possible return to activity and play.

It is being distributed to all units today with a view to providing them with time to put in place the necessary arrangements to facilitate a return to activity.

The members of the Covid-19 Advisory Group are:

Shay Bannon (Chairman) - existing Chairman of GAA Health and Safety Committee

Professor Mary Horgan, (U.C.C. and President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland)

Dick Clerkin (Chairman of GAA Medical Scientific and Welfare Committee)
Dr Pat O’Neill (Dublin)
Dr Kevin Moran (Donegal)
Dr Jim O’Donovan (Limerick)
Dr Sean Moffatt (Chair of Gaelic Athletic Medics Association and Mayo team doctor)

Paul Flynn (CEO Gaelic Players Association)
Stephen Mc Geehan (Head of Operations, Ulster GAA)

Tony Mc Guinness (Events and Safety Manager, Croke Park)
Sinéad Mc Nulty (CEO, Cumann Camogaíochta na nGael)
Helen O’Rourke (CEO, Ladies Gaelic Football Association)
John Horan (Uachtarán CLG)
Tom Ryan (Ard Stiúrthóir CLG)
Feargal Mc Gill (Director of Player, Club and Games Administration CLG

 

For further information contact:

 

Alan Milton

GAA Director of Communications

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Jackie Cahill

LGFA Commercial and Communications Manager

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Cian Nelson

Communications Manager, Camogie Association

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Covid-19 Guidelines on Safe Return to Gaelic Games



Section 5 – GAELIC GAMES SAFE RETURN ROADMAP PHASE PHASE 2 – 8TH JUNE PHASE 3 – 29TH JUNE* PHASE 4 – 20TH JULY* PHASE 5 – 10TH AUGUST*
GAA COVID-19 DRAFT PLAN


COHORTS:

1.JUVENILES <14 2.YOUTH 15-18 3.ADULT
Dedicated GAA walking tracks may be used for recreational use in groups of no more than 4 people
Persons using the facilities must be located within the recommended 20km radius
Individual training at home incorporating running/aerobic/agility training, resistance training and skills training.
All other GAA grounds remain closed.
No games, or team or small group training permitted on GAA facilities
All clubrooms and dressing room facilities closed.
Covid-19 protocols related to training to be developed in line with ‘Return to Play’ requirements and medical advice.



All GAA pitches open.
Training to recommence for Adult and Juvenile teams in small groups only (details below)
Access to GAA buildings and indoor facilities including meeting rooms not permitted (exception: sanitized toilet facility)
All forms of competition remain postponed; entry to grounds restricted to playing & management personnel only.
Cohort Group 1 (u14 and below) begin training – small groups (not more than 10 players/2 coaches in a designated area of the pitch) for non-contact training under social distancing guidelines – where players can maintain the Govt advised distance from each other (currently 2m)
Cohort Group 2 (15-18) begin training – small groups (not more than 10 players/2 coaches in a designated area of the pitch) for non-contact training under social distancing guidelines – where players can maintain the Govt advised distance from each other (currently 2m)
(Note: Underage groups must be comprised in accordance with the ratios provided for by the Code of Behaviour. Parental or guardian sign off will be required for underage participation)
Cohort Group 3 (adult) begin training – small groups (not more than 10 player/2 coaches in a designated area of the pitch) for non-contact training under social distancing guidelines – where players can maintain the Govt advised distance from each other (currently 2m)
The type of training envisaged is Running, Aerobic training,
All forms of team and group training permitted
Resumption of club competitions for all cohorts from Friday July 31st
Access to GAA buildings and indoor facilities including meeting rooms not permitted.
Water Bottles must not be shared. Other equipment can be shared but must be washed/sanitised at beginning and end of training and games
Contact tracing measures to be in place for all players and backroom personnel
All participants to complete Health Questionnaire and submit to Covid Supervisor on entry to the ground at each session.
Covid Supervisor to ensure temperature of all team participants is recorded on the Health Questionnaire before entry to ground. If Temperature is over 37.5°c individual must return home.
All players and coaches to sanitise their hands - on entry and departure from grounds.
Club facility to display signage and information for managing Covid-19.
Parent/guardian must drop off and collect child at the club.
Separate and updated advice on the Safe Return for inter county players will be published during Phase 4.
#Limitations on spectator numbers to be confirmed (in line with Govt Guidelines)
Club Competitions continue
Access to GAA buildings and indoor facilities including meeting rooms, gyms, exercise studios permitted where regular and effective cleaning can be carried out and where required indoor social distancing measures can be maintained. Access to club facilities to be monitored.
Contact tracing measures to remain in place.
Adequate sanitisers to be available throughout the facility.
Club facility to display signage and information for managing Covid-19. Spectator numbers to be managed in line with agreed protocols and government guidance.
#Limitations on spectator numbers (in line with Govt Guidelines)
(#Further information on Spectators and spectator safety will be provided before Phase 4 commences)
Subject to no changes in medical advice or research there will be a resumption of inter county training from 14th September.
Outline Games proposal:
Juvenile and Youth competitions to take place from July 31st To MidOctober.
Adult competitions (involving county players) to take place from July 31st to Sunday October 11th
Inter county competitions to take place no sooner than October 17th (Full revised inter county calendar to be agreed and will be published once the GAA proceeds to ph

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