GPA deeply concerned Gaelic Players Association is asking its membership if they want the inter-county season to proceed
THE Gaelic Players Association is asking its membership if they want the inter-county season to proceed amid mounting concern over the deteriorating Covid-19 situation on the entire island of Ireland.
Since Tuesday the GPA has been canvassing members for their views on the planned resumption of the Allianz Football League (this weekend) and then the senior football and hurling championships two weeks later.
The canvas is set to close this evening after a 48-week window, and then Paul Flynn’s executive will assess the data and decide on its next move.
Sundayworld.com understands that the GPA is “deeply concerned” about the players’ welfare at this stage, especially in light of recent developments both in the Six Counties and south of the border.
However, the canvas may also provide greater clarity on how players view the balancing act between their physical welfare and that of their families and close contacts, versus their emotional welfare and the desire of many players to play the scheduled programme of games.
Specifically, players have been asked if their county board is effectively implementing the Covid-19 inter-county “return to play protocols” to ensure a safe training/playing environment.
If not, they are asked to indicate what specific changes are required.
Their opinion is then sought on whether they (1) want the season to proceed; (2) want to play only if the implementation of Covid-19 protocols is improved; or (3) do not want the season to proceed.
Players are also asked if, presuming the Covid-19 situation “continues to deteriorate”, they would support the GPA’s National Executive Committee (NEC) making a decision on their behalf about the continuation of the season.