In Memory Of
Red Óg Murphy
(2000 to 2022)
(1993 to 2022)
(1998 to 2022)
Integration Motion to GAA
- GPA motion to GAA congress on integration launched at GPA press conference
- Motion: “The GAA shall prioritise integration with the LGFA and Camogie Association in order to jointly ensure equal investment, recognition and opportunity for all genders to play all sports in the Gaelic Games family.”
- Passed with 90% support
- Subsequently, same motion passed at LGFA congress and similar motion passed at Camogie congress, leading to establishment of Steering Group on Integration
GPA Governance & Supports
- Motion at GPA AGM to reform NEC, from 16 member committee with 60/40 m/f split, to a 20 member committee with 50/50 m/f split. Passed unanimously.
- Motion at GPA AGM to ringfence surplus funding for targeted support for female and vulnerable members. Passed unanimously.
- Female hardship fund established to support female players in financial distress as a result of excess mileage cost or material medical expenses; 102 applications received.
- LGBT sub-committee established
- LGBT research among inter-county players:
- 99% would support a teammate if they came out
- 45% are aware of an LGBT teammate in their inter-county squad
- GPA Pride breakfast to coincide with Dublin pride, attended by over 70 current and former inter-county players
- GPA group participated in Dublin pride parade, marching alongside GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association representatives
- Visibility campaign in conjunction with The Human Collective – players in every county wearing t-shirt and posting on social media to show support for LGBT community
- Participated in the Gaelic Games Transgender working group .
- Presented to the International Working Group (IWG) on Women & Sport conference on the GPA/WGPA integration process
- Third-level scholarships equalised for the first time
- Funding for females through the Education & Training Fund increased by over 100% from 2021
- First year for female squad visits and female cardiac screening
- GPA pre match reception before the LGFA final
- Four player diaries tracking cost of travel for female players with the 42.ie
The new GPA Brand was brought to life with two animated video featuring our male and female members. Ryan Wylie (Monaghan) and Lyndsey Davey (Dublin) were the ‘stars’ of the football video while in hurling/camogie Galway’s Siobhán McGrath and Limerick’s William O’Donaghue took part. The videos illustrated in an impactful way our motto You See Players. We See People.
CONTACT HOURS POLICY
Policy developed and agreed by the GPA & GAA. The policy aims to improve the inter-county training and playing environment to support player welfare, by determining optimum contact hours for teams.
Policy Key Objectives:
- To support a balanced training and playing environment for inter-county players
- To reduce time commitment required for inter-county players
- To reduce unnecessary travel
- To improve sporting – personal life – career balance
- To improve Injury Risk Management
618 players received cardiac screening in 2022
416 tests conducted
Female Hardship Fund
A fund was created and introduced to support female GPA members who incurred unreasonable substantial mileage costs, excess material medical costs, or experienced exceptional life circumstances during the 2022 season. This fund will be continued in 2023 as we look to develop better supports for our female players through integration and improved player charter.
GPA worked with the GAA Medical & Safety Committee to develop a new Injury surveillance platform that is being rolled out in 2023. This will provide current data on injuries within our Gaelic games and help direct future policy, structures & procedures.
Agreement of new Players Charter for 2023 for male players which provides:
- An increased mileage rate of €0.70c per mile and new Green rate of €1 to encourage car pooling
- Retention of all playing and training gear
- Removal of cap on panel numbers
- Introduction of Contact Hours Policy to regulate contact and travel time
- Payment of €300 student bursary for all full time students
- Highest number of student scholarships delivered to date to over 800 3rd level students.
- Increased funding to undergrad and postgrad students to recognise the financial impact of the rising cost of living.
- First ever student scholarship presentation held in Dublin with over 200 students.
- Project partners of EU Atheletes PROLead Project which was concluded in 2022, a programme designed on Jim Madden Leadership
- GPA Represented on World Players Association Steering Committee for World Player Development Conference held in Nyon Switzerland
- First ever joint male and female Reps workshop held in conjunction with GPA AGM in Portlaoise
- Follow up regional rep workshops delivered in 5 locations Nationwide in December
Congratulations to the Champions
Littlewoods division 1
Littlewoods division 2
Past players event
The GPA Legends Lunch saw almost 500 people gather at Croke Park to honour some of the teams and star players of the past. Mary Jo Curran (Kerry), Angela Downey (Kilkenny), Babs Keating (Tipperary) and Jimmy Keaveney (Dublin) were presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Self Help Africa/
planting in Kenya
In November 50 inter-county players travelled to Kenya as part of the Warriors for Humanity group who took part in the planting of 1 million trees for Self Help Africa. Each player raised €10,000 through the support of businesses and individuals. In total almost €500,000 was raised to help local communities in Kenya fight against the worst effects of climate change. TG4 went along to document the trip.
In December of 2022 GPA Welfare and Engagement Manager Colm Begley handed over a cheque worth €80,000 to Cliona’s Foundation Co-founder Brendan Ring. This was the proceeds of fundraising activity undertaken by players for the charity, primarily from a GPA Legends Lunch. It brought to a close a partnership that sparked friendships that will last a lifetime.
Road safety authority
The GPA partnered with the Road Safety Authority, the Gardaí, RedFM in Cork and Limerick’s Live 95 to create radio slots featuring local inter-county players aimed at promoting safer driving and slowing down.
World Players Association Player
Development Conference 2022
The Player Development Team attended the World Players Association Player Development Conference which took place in Nyon, Switzerland in June 2022. Over 100 player development managers – 2 from the GPA – attended three-day event focused on future-proofing player development programmes. GPA staff played an active role in designing the conference and taking part in panel discussions.
The themes across the 3 days of the conference were:
- Identifying challenges & changes players will face in the next 10 years
- Skills players will expect of the Player Development Manager in future
- How the Player Development Manager can best support athletes re: abuse, trauma, discrimination and activism
Player Development and Wellbeing Manager Jennifer Rogers participated in a panel discussion titled: Rising Issues in a Diverse Membership, hosted by FIFPRO Player Development Manager Nienke van Gerven.
The cross-sport panel, which also featured Line Roddik Hansen (Danish Football Players Association), Sene Naopu (International Rugby Players) and Dr Alex Culvin (Fifpro), shared valuable knowledge and insight into supporting players on a range of gender-specific issues – from training to medical care.
GPA Jim Madden
130 new referrals to the GPA Counselling Support Service in 2022.
This represents a 46% increase on the number of new referrals in 2021.
804 individual sessions delivered
To further support improved mental health and wellbeing of our members, we partnered with Silvercloud, an easy to use and scalable digital platform with a variety of wellness programmes that all GPA members can access. It is designed to help improve and maintain wellbeing by addressing underlying issues that can have negative impact. The self-sign up url for GPA members to access SilverCloud is: https://gpa.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/. Create an account and enter the access code ‘GPA’ to get access to the platform.
Hurling for Niall
GPA supported the Hurling for Niall memorial hurling match in memory of Galway hurler Niall Donohue.
- Galway 2012 Leinster Champions Vs Galway 2017 All-Ireland Champions
- Organised by Kilbeacanty GAA Club, Galway GAA & Tony Óg Regan in collaboration with Jigsaw
GPA supported event by:
- 2 members of the team attended the event in Kilbeacanty
- Participated in panel discussion post-match discussing importance of supporting mental health of the GAA community
- Sponsored togs with GPA logo for both panels participating in the match
- Contributed to fundraising auction for Jigsaw by providing the following prizes:
- Corporate box tickets to Leinster Hurling Final & accommodation in Dublin Hotel
- 2 tickets to the GPA Legends Lunch
- 2 tickets to the All-Stars
- 2 x signed All-Stars Jerseys – 1 X Football & 1 x Hurling
IN 2022, WE DELIVERED 87% OF EXPENDITURE TO PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND WELFARE PROGRAMMES
GAA Core Funding
Player Development Programmes/Player Welfare