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GAA suggests one parent attend juvenile matches

GAA updates clubs on games going behind closed doors, participants a club can send to a game, and parents going to juvenile games

GAA director general Tom Ryan
Tom Ryan

The GAA updates clubs regarding games going behind closed doors, the number of participants a club can send to a game, and parents or guardians going to juvenile games.

The GAA has advised that one parent or guardian attend juvenile games where they “consider it necessary for the welfare of their own child” as they await government clarification on a number of issues after the news that all sporting events will be held behind closed doors until September 13 at least.

The Association has advised on the number of players and officials to be allowed attend matches, and updated that this will be 40 per team.

In addition to that, there will also be “essential match day personnel such as match officials (referees, linesmen, umpires), media and event officials (stewards etc)”.

In response to a range of new measures announced yesterday by Taoiseach Micheal Martin, the GAA released a statement: “Following this evening’s unexpected announcement the GAA invites Dr Ronan Glynn and NPHET to present the empirical evidence which informed the requirement for the association to curtail its activities.”

The GAA, LGFA, and Camogie Association have now updated clubs, saying:

“A Rúnaí a chara,

“Following last night’s government announcement the GAA is seeking clarification on a number of issues relating to the organisation of Gaelic games and activities (26 Counties). As soon as we get clarity on these issues we will update our units.

“In the meantime, as games must now be played “behind closed doors”, no more than 40 persons per team should be allowed access to games for the moment.

“This figure should include all players, management, coaches, ancillary backroom personnel and team officials.

“The 80 team personnel (40 per team) is in addition to essential match day personnel such as Match officials (Referees, Linesmen, Umpires), Media and event officials (stewards etc.)

“While we await further clarification on the issue of parents attending juvenile games we suggest that one parent or guardian may attend a game where they consider it necessary for the welfare of their own child.

“Cúl Camps and Team training should continue for the moment on the basis of no more than 15 people (including coaches) in a designated area of the field.

“As ever, the Association asks units and members do their utmost to protect public health and we are very grateful for all of your efforts in this regard.”

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