GAA Football

Club Players' Association to continue fight to 'Fix the fixtures' into its second year

CPA executive members unveil a national fixture plan and successfully call out for the GAA to set April aside for club activity only in July last year
Andy Watters

A YEAR after its launch, the Club Players’ Association says it remains committed to its stated aims of ‘Fixing the Fixtures’ and ensuring that GAA club players’ needs are at the forefront of GAA decision making.

Last weekend CPA executive members travelled from the four provinces to map out a strategy for the future and chairman Micheál Briody says the players’ body remain steadfastly determined to unravel the GAA’s almost chronic fixtures issues.

“We do not intend to depart the scene until the fixtures situation is resolved and the GAA has more balance,” said the Meath native.

“The conditions that led to the formation of the CPA still exist and the focus on them is more acute.

“Over the last 12 months we have raised a series of issues, when it was unpopular to do so, and placed club issues firmly in the public eye. As documented, we have met the GAA management to put forward our solutions and plans and we have asked that every party with an interest in fixing the situation be brought together.”

Two CPA-backed motions will be brought forward for consideration at next month’s GAA Annual Congress.

“The motion on voting transparency will allow delegates to demonstrate clearly that the GAA is accountable to its members at the highest level of decision making,” he said.

“To that end we will be communicating with all county boards and other groups in the GAA with voting rights at Congress this week to explain our position and invite their support.

“We were told by management to go back to our clubs and follow the GAA traditional democratic route, which we did and will continue to do.

“A number of the motions didn’t make it through the process but where they encouraged debate in county conventions that was the objective.

“Where they were sidelined on procedural grounds as was the case in Cork for example, that shines an unflattering light on the GAA’s process.”

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