GAA Football

GAA clubs in 26 counties able to re-open walking tracks on June 8

The GAA has stated that training, even in small groups, is unlikely to be allowed until at least a month from now.

Clubs will be able to re-open designated walking tracks at their grounds on Monday June 8, subject to engagement with Croke Park around a facilities management plan, as long as the Republic of Ireland moves on to Phase Two of its roadmap out of lockdown on that date.

What that means for clubs in the six counties remains unclear as Stormont has not set specific dates in its roadmap.

In a statement issued yesterday, Croke Park also indicated that Cul Camps could take place this summer, with progress having been made in re-configuring the plans for those - subject to the country moving onto the next phase of its recovery.

The GAA declared: “We re-affirm our position that no one is keener to return to games and general games-related activity but this will only be considered when it is acceptable to do so to maximise the safety and well-being of our players, members and wider society.”

The prospect of training at GAA grounds is un;ikely before July, as Phase Three is only set to commence on Monday, June 29: “We do not envisage a return to training in small groups in Phase Two and pitches and playing areas are to remain closed. However, as per the government roadmap, this may be reviewed in Phase Three.”

The GAA confirmed that it will publish its ‘Return to Safe Activity Document’ when the government signals that the country has moved to the second phase of its plan.

This document will require approval from the government’s own expert group on Return to Sport, with which the GAA continues to work. This group currently considers Gaelic games a ‘Phase 4’ sport; with that phase due to being on Monday July 20.

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