The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) has published the latest insights into the lives of over a third of its members, who are third-level students.
35% had to repeat a college exam; 11% had to repeat an entire academic year 65% feel their training load negatively affects their academic performance
54% don’t receive supports from their college if they are under pressure
48% felt more like an inter-county player than a student trying to earn a degree.
35% had to repeat a college exam; 11% had to repeat an entire academic year 65% feel their training load negatively affects their academic performance 54% don’t receive supports from their college if they are under pressure 48% felt more like an inter-county player than a student trying to earn a degree.
83% are playing with at least three teams
81% take part in social activities less than most other people their age
70% travel home for training 3 or more times per week
48% felt confident to talk to their county manager about a reduced training load.
78% report feeling stressed at least once a month (up 24%) 73% would like to spend more time with family and friends (up 12%) 69% travel from college to training at least three times a week (up 17%) 69% would like more time to devote to their studies (up 13%)
63% of the GPA’s student-members are 21 – 24 years of age and 93% are full-time students, and all of them face the specific challenge of managing the demands of being an inter-county player alongside their academic commitments and personal lives.
The GPA Student Report 2019 highlights the challenges experienced by GPA student-members, some of which were also highlighted in the most recent ESRI study published in 2018 on the demands on all senior, inter-county players. This report also provides actionable GPA recommendations to help student-members achieve better-balanced lifestyles so they can thrive on and off the field….
Financial trader Tim O’Leary is holding back donations to Mayo GAA over ‘governance issues’
The independent supporters fund is backed by UK-based financial trader Tim O’Leary, who is of Mayo descent.
The body sent an email to clubs ahead of last night’s county board meeting saying that it was withholding €250,000 of money it had raised in a row over governance.
This email read: “It is clear to the foundation that Mayo GAA need significant financial support to sustain and develop GAA games in the county. The foundation’s support is now at risk due to the serious deficits in financial governance at board level.”
The statement also claims that O’Leary had made a €150,000 donation to the Mayo senior football team fund on the understanding that receipts would be provided to show how that money was spent.
The supporters fund says what was provided to them included: “copies of multiple invoices and receipts seemingly randomly picked from the financial files.”
“Cork and Galway supporters getting involved in a tangle” (1986)
More from this on the channel later tonight, btw from the first Betamax tape I ever found in an Irish charity shop! pic.twitter.com/yg95oKdRIo
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