Fix the Fixtures: The Club Players' Association launch its objectives

The Association launched their campaign on Dublin on Monday

BY Daniel Kelly 12:39 Monday 9 January 2017, 12:39 9 Jan 2017

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Fixing the fixtures is the primary of the Club Players' Association, they revealed at their launch in Dublin on Monday.

The association was established late last year, with the objective of giving club players a greater platform in the GAA. The Gaelic Players' Association primarily deals with inter-county players.

Speaking at the launch in Ballyboden- St. Enda's GAA club in Dublin, Micheal Briody, chairman of the CPA said: "The single biggest issue concerning GAA players is fixtures. Players want to play games. They don’t want endless training sessions and 13-month seasons. Players feel they are last in line after administrators, CCC members, coaches, paid managers have all had their say. This is fundamentally a player welfare issue and together the time has come to address it before we do irreparable damage." 

"The underlying principal of the Club Player’s Association is the emotional and physical well being of our players. They deserve the opportunity to train and play meaningful games, in a balanced fixture programme. Our main focus is to fix the fixtures."

Kevin Nolan, CPA Player Welfare Coordinator

Declan Brennan, Secretary of the CPA said: "There is a motion from Wexford GAA to GAA Congress to officially recognise the CPA as the representative body for the GAA Club Player. That will place the Club Player at the heart of the decision making process."

"We don’t have a magic bullet, or a simple solution. The GAA has evolved since 1884 to the situation we find ourselves in now. The fixtures programme is a mess, everyone knows that. Not enough has been done to address the issue of fixtures but other less important issues have been given prominence. Players want regular meaningful games, they want to enjoy our games and they want some downtime during a recognised closed season."

Former inter-county players Anthony Moyles and Arron Kernan are also involved in the Association as Treasurer and Grassroots Coordinator respectively.

You can hear more about the launch on Off the Ball, from 7pm on Monday evening.

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