Advice to Clubs and Counties – for activities post December 1st

CLUB SPECIFIC GUIDELINES

1. Club Games

Under the new Level 3 Restrictions announced by Government and which take effect from December 1st, Club games are not permitted – only approved inter-county games can take place.

2. Club Training

In level 3, underage and adult training can take place, but must be on a non-contact basis in pods of up to 15.

All clubs and players are reminded that Health Questionnaires and all other relevant control measures must continue to be followed.

No training of any kind is permitted at club level in the Six Counties, either outdoors or indoors until midnight on Thursday December 10th 2020 at the earliest. Further advice will issue from Ulster GAA once it is available

3. Use of Indoor Team Facilities

Dressing rooms, showers and all other indoor training facilities should remain closed for club activities.

Club Gyms in the 26 Counties may be opened for use by individuals only, with protective measures in place. Players/Teams must not train in groups.

Further advice on protective measures for gyms is included as an Appendix to this document. The GAA will continue to monitor the situation with regard to club gyms and if our Covid Advisory Group are not happy that the advice for use of gyms is being properly adhered to, it may lead to their closure again.

4. Committee Meetings

No indoor meetings can be held.

5. Officer Training

All officer Training must be delivered online. Outdoor coaching education courses may be held but are subject to a 15-person maximum.

6. Club Bars

Club Bars that do not serve food must remain closed until further notice

From Friday 4 December, Club bars that are operating as restaurants (i.e. serving a substantial meal) can open for indoor dining with additional restrictions, including a requirement for meals to be prepared on site, inside the premises, and with a maximum of 6 people per table.

Club bars must follow all the relevant protocols for the sector.

All Club bars in the six counties must remain closed or in the case of those offering restaurant services continue offering take away food only until midnight of Thursday 10th December 2020, at the earliest. Further advice will issue from Ulster GAA when it is available.

7. Indoor Events on GAA Property

Commercial use of indoor halls continues to be permitted where agreement was in place prior to March and relevant insurance are in place. Use by State bodies e.g. HSE/Schools is also permitted.

These are the only instances in which indoor activity is permitted on GAA Club property.

8. Outdoor Events on GAA Property

Gatherings of up to 15 people only are permitted. As such, fundraisers such as fittest family, Couch to 5k etc should not be organised.

Drive in events may be held subject to clubs requesting extension of insurance cover from Marsh Ireland or GAA Insurance section; however patrons must remain in their vehicle for the entire duration of the event with no access to club facilities including toilets. Cars attending such events should only contain people from their own pod.

Other events such as Poc Fada or Road bowling should only be organised if they can be limited to 15 people and face coverings must be worn.

ADVICE FOR 2ND LEVEL SCHOOLS AND 3RD LEVEL INSTITUTIONS

9. Games and Training

Neither competitive nor challenge games are permitted in 2nd Level schools.

Training is permitted on a non-contact basis in pods of no more than 15 people

Games are not permitted to take place at 3rd level under the latest Government restrictions – in addition, as it is recommended that Higher Education should remain primarily on line, no training sessions are permitted in 3rd level institutions in either jurisdiction until further notice.

INTER COUNTY SPECIFIC GUIDELINES

10. Training and Games at Senior, Minor and U20

The GAA are awaiting clarity from Government as to whether U20 and Minor games can take place. We will provide this to Counties as soon as it is available.

In the interim, Teams still involved in the 2020 Minor Hurling and Football and 2020 U20 Hurling and Football Championships are permitted to resume training from December 1st on a non-contact basis in pods of no more than 15 people.

The teams still involved in the 2020 All Ireland Senior Championships are permitted to continue training as normal.

Collective Training is NOT PERMITTED for any other inter county teams currently.

2021 Inter County Competitions The GAA is currently finalising its fixture programme for 2021. Each grade will have an appropriate pre-season identified for it to allow for adequate preparation for 2021 competitions.

The fixtures programme, as well as dates on which a Return to Collective Training will be permitted will be available in the near future.

In the interim, no collective training is permitted for 2021 inter county competitions.

11. Use of Indoor Team Facilities for Inter County Teams (2020 Championships)

As senior Inter county activity has been classified as an exemption to the normal restrictive provisions by the Government, use of indoor facilities for Inter County Teams only is permitted and should be carried out in accordance with the Return to Training and Play for Inter County Teams advice document issued in September.

Counties should ensure that where multiple teams are using the same venue for training (e.g. a Centre of Excellence) that only one team is on site at a given time.

Adult Club players living in a County classified as Level 3 may travel to their Home Counties to participate in Training.

12. Attendances at Inter County Games

In Level 3, all inter county games must be played behind closed doors.

Arrangements for the remaining games in the 2020 Championships in terms of access for additional panel members and backroom teams will be communicated directly to the Counties involved once clarity is received from Government in terms of what is specifically proposed (numbers allowed etc.)

For Minor intercounty games or training sessions staged behind closed doors and because they involve players aged 17 and under:

· One designated individual (parent/guardian) per player may attend a training session or game per child/family/group of children.

· The GAA Health Questionnaires MUST be completed by parents/guardians in advance of attendance.

Parents are NOT permitted to be in attendance at U20 games where their child (U18) is participating. However, provision can be made to allow an adult to be in close proximity (e.g. in the car park etc) in case medical or other emergency needs require their presence.

Appendix – Advice for Use of GAA Club Gyms

The following advice – taken from the Ireland Active Framework for Safe Operation should be followed when opening Gym facilities:

• Social distancing of 2m should always be maintained

• Participants should not congregate before or after activities, and facilities should design internal flows to reflect this.

• Facilities should plan for a maximum of 1 person/4 square metres* (2mx2m) and in accordance with government advice on maximum capacities for indoor activities.

• Ensure adequate ventilation, avoiding recycling of air to avoid possibility of infection, in accordance with HSE/HSA guidance

• Carry out frequent cleaning of surfaces and wipe downs of contact surfaces with single use disinfectant wipes or strong disinfectants and microfibre cloths.

• Users should not share towels, water bottles etc.

• All of the standard infection control guidance from the HSE should be heeded.

• There should be no hands-on adjustments or physical contact during training.

• Spacing of exercise machines/equipment should be undertaken to ensure 2m distance between equipment. An alternative may be to use every second piece of equipment or the closing of certain stationary equipment to ensure 2m distancing.

• Equipment which is 2m apart should not be placed where exercisers are facing each other.

• Spin bikes should be staggered and spaced 2m apart to avoid spray back.

• Loose equipment such as dumbbells, kettlebells, free weights etc. should be used by one exerciser and cleaned in between each use by users/staff.

• Booking of time slots should be employed in order to enable safe management and recording of users in the facility.

• Where spotting of weights is being undertaken, face coverings should be worn

All areas, within the gym, where social distancing is particularly challenging should be kept closed – Players should not enter the gym facility prior to their assigned reservation

Adequate signage and reminders should be provided at entrances and in strategic places within the gym providing instruction on social distancing, hand hygiene, use of cloth face coverings or masks, and cough and sneeze etiquette.

County Committee Report 03/11/2020

A meeting of the County Committee was held online via Teams Live on Tuesday November 3rd. County Chairperson Tracey Kennedy welcomed delegates, explained the delay in having a meeting and thanked all who had worked so hard for Cork GAA throughout the past few months. She also noted the success of the new County Championship format.

Runaí Kevin O’Donovan gave an update on Páirc Uí Chaoimh, noting the quality of the pitch last Sunday despite the bad weather and thanking all sponsors who had come on board with purchasing pitch advertising. He noted the work of commercial manager Sinéad O’Keeffe in this area. In response to queries, the runaí reported that it was hoped to have an update on the audit of the stadium accounts later this week, and that they were due to be presented to the stadium board at its next meeting. No information had yet been received about government funding for GAA clubs. The Chairperson thanked Niamh and the staff at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Richard Murphy, Michael Byrne and the event team and John Murphy and Stephen Forrest who look after the pitch for all their hard work on the staging of recent games.

In an update on finances, Kevin O’Donovan noted and thanked county championship sponsors Co-Op Superstores and Bon Secours Hospital also The Irish Examiner for coming on board as streaming partners. He confirmed that The Irish Examiner had paid a fee to Cork GAA for the rights to stream games for 3 years. Kevin thanked both Sinead O’ Keeffe (Commercial Manager) and Michelle Hussey (Accounts Manager) for all their work in relation to both Cork GAA and Páirc Uí Chaoimh. He also thanked the season ticket holders and the premium seat holders for their understanding in relation to ticket distribution for the county championship games. Chairperson Tracey Kennedy added her thanks to the sponsors for coming on board and said she was delighted to have really strong brands associated with Cork GAA, particularly in this challenging year, and looked forward to the development of those relationships into the future. She also noted the contribution of Sinéad O’Keeffe to these partnerships.

Kevin O’Donovan again outlined the plan for the new Rebels’ Bounty fundraiser and dealt with various queries submitted by clubs. The launch date had been delayed by Covid-19 but he hoped that this could take place in the coming weeks. In terms of a brochure, as requested by many clubs, Kevin reported that this and other promotional material would be supplied to clubs as soon as possible. Clubs were reminded that a recording of the webinar has been emailed to them, which they may wish to use at meetings. The approval process was outlined and clubs will be contacted in relation to this in the very near future.

In relation to inter-county teams, since the last County Committee meeting the Under 20 Footballers had lost the Munster Final to Kerry in March. Last month the Minor Hurlers had defeated Clare and the Under 20 Hurlers had defeated Kerry. The Minor Footballers were due to play Kerry this weekend. The two Minor competitions along with Under 20 Hurling competition were currently paused. The Senior Hurlers lost to Waterford last weekend and play Dublin this Saturday while the Senior Footballers play Kerry this Sunday. The Chairperson said that the Hurlers’ game would be shown on Sky Sports but people with Sky didn’t need Sky Sports to watch it as the game was on Sky Sports Mix and the Runaí informed delegates that there was was also an option to purchase a day or month pass on Now TV.  The Chairperson wished both senior teams well in their vital games this weekend.

The runaí reported that a sub-committee of the Executive had submitted a report on independent teams, which had been discussed and approved by the Executive and referred to the CCC, which would set up a sub-group to monitor and support such teams.

An update was given on County Convention, which will be held online on Monday December 7th . Those wishing to seek nomination would need to do so by clubs as per normal but a shorter time would be given for people to withdraw their name (nominations by 9am on Monday November 9th; withdrawals by 9am on Thursday November 12th). Votes received by ordinary post would be allowed but no votes could be hand delivered. It is asked that clubs would not submit motions unless strictly necessary due to the complications of online voting, and the chairperson pointed out that a special convention could be held during the year if necessary, if restrictions were lifted. A returning officer and tellers would need to be put in place for officer elections and the Executive will contact clubs further on this.

In officer reports, Development officer Pat Horgan listed the developments that had been approved by the Executive during the year. He also spoke about upcoming AGMs that would be held online at Club and Divisional level. He would be meeting with Terry Brady (IT Officer) and Joseph Blake (Cork PRO) to discuss and they would in turn be in contact with the clubs and divisions. Pat also mentioned about how Office 365 training had not been fully finished in March due to Covid-19. Coaching Officer Ronan Dwane had submitted a report on coaching in the Progress Report.

Vice–chairperson Marc Sheehan, gave a CCC update. He said that remaining county championships would be completed next year, but that would not happen for the county under 21 championships. Marc also referred to the first presentation of the Jim Forbes Cup.

The County Chairperson congratulated the 3 County Champions, Blackrock, Charleville and Blarney on their wins and thanked the CCC for their dedication, noting the particularly difficult decisions they had to make this year.

In other business, the County Chairperson also congratulated Larry Tompkins and Denis Coughlan on their recently published autobiographies and wished them well with them.

Votes of sympathy were read and this concluded the business of the meeting.

The next meeting will be Tuesday November 24th.

Additional Resources for Running Club AGMs

Further to the advice document on running Club AGMs issued on 2ú Deireadh Fómhair, The GAA wish to bring your attention to additional resources.

You are asked to note these resources and share them with your fellow Officers.

CLUB AGM WEBINAR

A webinar has been created to explain how Clubs might organise AGMs in the context of the current restrictions which have been imposed to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Liam Keane (Chairperson of the GAA Rules Advisory Committee) explains the key considerations in the webinar.

Access here: https://youtu.be/IzNzn0lDmYA

Club Officers have the option of submitting additional queries for consideration by the Association using an online form.

Access here: Club AGM Query Form

Responses will be collated and reviewed by the relevant GAA Committees. Additional information or training to provide clarification on the main issues will be provided as required.

IT GUIDES

User guides for hosting virtual AGMs via Microsoft Teams are also now available. Please find attached:

  • Guidance for GAA Clubs on hosting virtual Club AGMs
  • Guidance for Club Members on attending virtual Club AGMs

Guidance for GAA Clubs – Attending a Virtual AGM

Guidance for GAA Clubs – Hosting a Virtual AGM

County Executive Update 21/10/2020

At last night’s County Executive meeting, it was decided to postpone the unplayed 2020 Senior and Intermediate County Finals until the weekend of March 5th-7th, 2021, at the earliest.
It is planned to give adequate notice of games to clubs, with an appropriate window of preparation, in advance of finals.
2020 County Championships at Junior A, B and C level will resume on February 5th-7th at the earliest, with a brief period to be allowed for the completion of Divisional championships in early February where required.
There will be no Club games at adult or juvenile level permitted at County Board or Divisional level before Friday, February 5th.
Club U21 competitions for 2020 will not be completed.
Adult club training is prohibited from midnight tonight and non-contact training for school children outdoors in pods of 15 is permitted for the obvious associated health benefits and should not be competition focussed.
Again, we thank all members and your families for your patience during this uncertain time. Stay safe.
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Members are urged to continue to comply with the current government restrictions in relation to Gaelic Games below, taken from the‘Resilience and Recovery 2020 – 2021: Plan for living with COVID-19’ framework.
Level 5 will be in place from midnight tonight, Wednesday, October 21st for 6 weeks, with a review after 4 weeks.
Sports and exercise
Gyms and leisure centres are closed.
No training or matches should take place except:
  • Non-contact training for school children, outdoors in pods of 15
  • Behind closed doors, inter-county Gaelic Games

Club Coach Mentoring Programme

Rebel Óg Coaching are offering coaches of players between the ages 13 and 17 an exciting opportunity to develop their coaching skills & standards through a new mentoring programme.
Coaches who sign up to the programme will receive a series of blended workshops (face to face and on line) in the following areas :
  • Coaching session design/planning
  • Games based methods
  • Athletic development 
  • Technical skill development
  • Creating team structure (with/without the ball)
  • communication
WHO SHOULD SIGN UP ?
Club coaches (of 13-17 year old boys) who are very keen to improve their own coaching standards and get more from their training sessions. If a coach has completed a Foundation Course and/or Award One Course, this programme would be an additional platform to hone coaching skills and will touch on elements of these courses but will be more practical and individual in focus.
WHAT IS INVOLVED SHOULD I SIGN UP?
The plan is to have coaches attend 6 workshops of 1 hour in duration over the next 3-4 months.
These workshops would be a minimum of 3 on line webinars and face to face content will depend on Covid 19 guidelines.
We would also setup an informal chat group for coaches to interact with each other to discuss particular coaching topics led by a facilitator.
Coaches should be willing to get constructive feedback on their coaching sessions also.
Coaches will have direct back up from their local GDA also once registered.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
By following the link below and complete the form on or before Tuesday 20th October.
Please note this form is an expression of interest and does not constitute acceptance on to the programme. Places are limited and coaches may be shortlisted in advance.

Cork GAA Statement

Our priority throughout the pandemic has been keeping our GAA community safe.
Anything that threatens that safety, and the very continuation of the game during COVID-19, needs to be avoided at all costs.
To that end, we would plead with all clubs and supporters not to engage in celebrations that breach current guidelines.
There will be county finals again next year – and we want to make sure COVID-19 does not rob some of the chance to enjoy them

Co-Op Superstores Cork Premier Senior Hurling Championship Semi Finals

This weekend sees the Semi Finals of the Co-Op Superstores Cork Premier Senior Hurling Championship taking place. Both games will take place in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Saturday. First up will be Blackrock vs UCC at 4pm and this will be followed by Glen Rovers vs Erins Own at 7.30pm. Ahead of the games, Diarygold Chief Executive Jim Woulfe was joined by players from the four teams along with Cork GAA Chairperson Tracey Kennedy and Cork GAA CEO Kevin O’ Donovan.

Jim Woulfe, CEO Dairygold commented “with our network of stores across Cork, Dairygold is very much at the heart of its’ Cork communities. We were delighted to come on board as the sponsors of the Cork Club Hurling Championships and as we reach the business end of the championships we look forward to the exciting games ahead”.

Speaking about this weekend’s games County Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy, said, “I want to wish all four teams the very best ahead of this weekend’s semi-finals, and to compliment all the clubs who contributed to our most exciting championship in years. There’s added interest this year with three-in-a-row champions Imokilly out, so whoever comes through the semi-finals will have the chance to be the first new name on the Seán Óg Murphy Cup since Glen Rovers last won it in 2016. I’d also like to thank Co-op Superstores, who have been fantastic sponsors since they came on board with us at the start of the championships, and we look forward to continuing that relationship into the future.”

The chairperson also said “While our clubs have made immense efforts during the Covid-19 crisis, we must, as an association, continue to show leadership within our communities in implementing physical distancing, reducing our social contacts and all other safety measures recommended by the HSE and the GAA. We’ve got this far, but if we want our games to continue safely, we must all play our part in this.”

Speaking in advance of the games Cork GAA CEO Kevin O’Donovan highlighted “the incredible contribution of all clubs in terms of playing and hosting of games which has brought us to this point, we hope that there are some cracking games in store as due reward this weekend.”

2020 Munster GAA Inter-County Fixtures Confirmed

At a meeting last night (Tuesday), the Munster GAA CCC confirmed the fixture details for the remainder of the 2020 Munster GAA Inter-County Championships.

It was agreed that Home and Away arrangements would continue for Senior Football, Under 20 Hurling and Minor Football. However, as Senior and Minor Hurling have been organised on a round-robin basis for the past 2 seasons, the Home and Away arrangements would be disrupted so those two competitions will be played at neutral venues for 2020.

All fixtures below are knockout / result on the day although in the case of the Senior Hurling Championship, for the four counties that do not win the Munster Final, there will be a second chance via the All-Ireland Qualifiers.

All fixture details are subject to change in line with Covid-19 related developments in advance of each fixture.  

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship 

Sunday October 25th at 3:45pm – Clare v Limerick in Semple Stadium Thurles

Saturday October 31st at 3:30pm – Cork v Waterford in Semple Stadium Thurles 

Sunday November 1st at 4pm – Tipperary v Clare or Limerick in the LIT Gaelic Grounds or Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Sunday November 15th at 4pm – Munster Senior Hurling Final

 

Munster GAA Senior Football Championship 

Saturday October 31st at 7pm – Limerick v Waterford in Fraher Field Dungarvan

Sunday November 1st at 1pm – Clare v Tipperary in Semple Stadium Thurles

Saturday November 7th at 1:15pm – Limerick or Waterford v Clare or Tipperary in Fraher Field Dungarvan, LIT Gaelic Grounds or Cusack Park Ennis

Sunday November 8th at 4pm – Cork v Kerry in Páirc Uí Chaoimh 

Sunday November 22nd at 1:30pm – Munster Senior Football Final

Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Hurling Under 20 Championship 

Monday October 19th at 6:30pm – Cork v Kerry in Austin Stack Park Tralee 

Monday October 19th at 7:30pm – Clare v Tipperary in Semple Stadium Thurles

Monday October 26th at 3:15pm – Waterford v Clare or Tipperary in Fraher Field Dungarvan or Sixmilebridge

Monday October 26th at 5pm – Limerick v Cork or Kerry in the LIT Gaelic Grounds or Austin Stack Park Tralee 

Wednesday November 11th @ 7:30pm – Munster Under 20 Hurling Final

Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship 

Saturday October 17th at 1pm – Clare v Cork in the Semple Stadium Thurles 

Sunday October 18th at 1pm – Kerry v Tipperary in the LIT Gaelic Grounds

Friday October 30th at 6:30pm – Waterford v Kerry or Tipperary in Páirc Uí Rinn

Friday October 30th at 6:30pm – Limerick v Clare or Cork in Semple Stadium Thurles 

Saturday November 14th at 1pm – Munster Minor Hurling Final

Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship 

Saturday October 24th at 1pm – Clare v Tipperary in Semple Stadium Thurles

Saturday October 24th at 1pm – Limerick v Waterford in the LIT Gaelic Grounds

Saturday November 7th at 1pm – Cork v Kerry in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney 

Sunday November 8th at 1pm – Limerick or Waterford v Clare or Tipperary in Fraher Field Dungarvan, LIT Gaelic Grounds or Cusack Park Ennis

Saturday November 14th at 1pm – Munster Minor Football Final

Cork GAA announce free year for Premium seat holders

Cork GAA are pleased to announce that a complementary year of action will be granted to all premium seat holders at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, in lieu of the effects of Covid-19 global pandemic on the 2020 programme at the stadium.

CEO Kevin O’Donovan stated, “While our club championships this year have been one of our best ever, it has been tinged with regret that you our loyal supporters have not gained significant access to games. 

On the day that marks Cork winning the All-Ireland hurling final 30 years ago we would like to inform you that we are delighted to extend premium tickets in Páirc Uí Chaoimh by a year in compensation for a summer lost to Covid-19.”

“As we look forward to the imminent return of our inter-county teams to action and as the club programme reaches a crescendo, we recognise the phenomenal contribution of our premium seat holders over the last few years. It has been a shame that our beautiful stadium laid empty for the summer months this year, therefore we hope that this gesture will bring some consolation in hope of better days in 2021 and beyond for our supporters.

None of us could have expected to see our gates closed to spectators and seats lying idle.  However we must do what is in the best interest of the public and await confirmation from the authorities on when we can safely re-open to spectators.   

We look forward to an inter-county season to rival 1990 and to welcoming our supporters back to the Páirc when it is safe to do so”. 

Cork Kelloggs Cúl Camps a major success

Rebel Óg Coaching organised 24 regional Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camps through July and August catering for 3000 children between the ages of 6 and 13. The camp venues were strategically placed to allow children from as many areas as possible attend and were expertly led by our GDA’s. With the exception of some weather interruptions the camps are being hailed as a major success. Additional measures were in place around sanitation and compliance with Covid 19 guidelines with parents and children exercising great patience around the measures. The image of children kicking football, striking sliothars  and having loads of fun was great to see given the lack of activity so far in 2020.
Rebel Óg Coaching are very grateful to all the clubs who gave up their club grounds to facilitate the running of the camps and to all the coaches who implemented a huge programme of fun and engaging activities for all the children.
Special mention must also go to the very successful  8 club run Cúl Camps in August catering for 500 children. The coordinators involved put in huge work to ensure the camps were compliant with Covid 19 guidelines and enjoyable for the children.
It is hoped that Cork clubs will be able to run a full programme of camps in 2021 similar to that of 2019 where 120 camps took place