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Will rejuvenating their 'Cork-ness' be key to future success for the Rebels?

Darren Cleary
Darren Cleary

09:47 10 Jan 2019


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Cork GAA have detailed their ambitious five-year plan to improve football in the county.

The aim of the #2024: A Five-Year Plan For Cork Football strategic plan is to have the Munster side competing as regular All Ireland contenders at all age grade of inter-county football within three to five years.

Crucially Cork are also looking to hire a High Performance Manager and a Talent Identification Manager in the coming months.

An overhaul of the Cork club competitions will also be implemented inside three-years.

Central to their plan is rekindling their sense of Cork-ness. This is described in the document as an "air of confidence just on the right side of arrogance - an unparalleled pride and our insatiable desire for Cork to be the best at absolutely everything”.

Cork County Board chairperson Tracey Kennedy has published the plan that is designed to rejuvenate the game in the Rebel County. Brian Cuthbert, Graham Canty and Conor Counihan were involved in putting the document together.

Will rejuvenating their Cork-ness be key for future success for Cork?

The plan seeks to improve participation and performance across all levels of Gaelic football in Cork and they have vowed to deliver the following outcomes over the five-year period between 2019 and 2024:

  • Cork will be regular All-Ireland contenders in all grades of inter-county football, including club championships, within three to five years;
  • Support for Cork football and the profile of our inter-county footballers will grow significantly within one to two years;
  • A clear player development pathway will be created by the end of 2019, producing a regular supply of quality footballers within the next five years;
  • High-quality coaches with a strong focus on developing the fundamental skills of the game will be available in all clubs, along with a support network for those club coaches led by the county games development staff, by the end of 2024;
  • A county championship structure which supports this work will be in place within three years
  • A clear over-arching vision/plan for football in Cork which is communicated to and understood by all involved in the game; and
  • A well-resourced administration fully supportive of this plan and driving its success.

Ger Gilroy and Eoin Sheahan discussed the ambitious plans on Thursday's OTB AM and asked if the secret to bringing success back to Cork lies in rejuvenating their Cork-ness.

You can read the full document here.

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