GAA and GPA unveil new £15.6m players welfare deal

GAA GPA players welfare deal
25 July 2016; Pictured at the announcement of the GAA and GPA framework agreement 2017-2019 are GPA Chairman Séamus Hickey, left, with Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail. Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

The GAA and Gaelic Players Association have unveiled a new £15.6m agreement to run from 2017-19 aimed at improving conditions for inter-county players.

The new scheme sees an increase in mileage and nutrition expenses plus a special fund for former players.

Mileage will go up from 42p to 54p and there is also a £1 million fund to allow for a nutrition allowance for players. Croke Park’s funding for the GPA is now more than double from the previous agreement in 2011.

And in the agreement, confirmed on Monday, will also see the GPA receive a percentage of commercial revenues.

“The increased commitment involved in playing our games at inter-county level has been commonly acknowledged for some time,” said GAA president Aogan O Fearghail (pictured right with GPA chairman Séamus Hickey).

“We are serious about the welfare of our players and will continue to work with the GPA to safeguard that welfare,” he said.

The GPA was created to support elite amateur GAA players to advance their welfare requirements and protect their interests. Formally recognised as the official representative body for county players in 2010 the GPA, a not-for-profit organisation, now represents over 2,300 current players and an increasing number of past players. It operates a comprehensive Development Programme, funded by the GAA, supporting players with their education, careers, health, life skills and welfare

GPA president Dessie Farrell described the agreement as ‘another historic milestone’ for the two organisations.

“This three-year agreement now establishes a long-term commitment to link player welfare and development with the GAA’s commercial success which is highly significant,” added the former Dublin footballer.

Under the scheme £167,000 will be available annually to deal with ‘surgical interventions’ for former players.

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