PLAYERS THRIVE ON AND OFF THE FIELD - GAELIC PLAYERS ASSOCIATION STRATEGIC PLAN 2017 2019

 
PLAYERS THRIVE ON AND OFF THE FIELD - GAELIC PLAYERS ASSOCIATION STRATEGIC PLAN 2017 2019
PLAYERS
THRIVE ON
AND OFF
THE FIELD
GAELIC PLAYERS
ASSOCIATION
STRATEGIC PLAN
2017 — 2019
PLAYERS THRIVE ON AND OFF THE FIELD - GAELIC PLAYERS ASSOCIATION STRATEGIC PLAN 2017 2019
PLAYERS THRIVE ON AND OFF THE FIELD - GAELIC PLAYERS ASSOCIATION STRATEGIC PLAN 2017 2019
EOIN
PRICE                            INTRO
Westmeath
Hurler
Teacher
Father of one

                                 It is a great privilege for me to represent you
                                 all as Chief Executive of your organisation. I
                                 myself have been a member of the GPA since its
I was trying to revolve my
life around sport and began      inception, but also at the Executive level since
to feel an emptiness in
my personal life. I had no
                                 2013 and I have always felt very passionate
direction and was becoming       about the GPA and the needs of its members.
frustrated trying to decide
on a career path.

I approached the GPA
looking for guidance and I
am extremely thankful for                              When I was appointed as        Following some extensive
all their help as I have since                         CEO in February 2017, my       planning with those groups I
qualified from St. Patrick’s                           priority was to assess where   feel confident that, with your
College, Drumcondra.                                   we were as an organisation     input, we have addressed
                                                       and to listen to the views     our main objectives as an
I have become the GPA                                  of all our members and         organisation between now
Player Representative for                              stakeholders. I wanted         and 2019 in this plan.
my team to give back and                               to ensure that I had the       I am looking forward to
encourage anybody who is in                            best understanding of our      challenging ourselves as
the position I was in to avail                         players’ current needs         an organisation and as
                                 DERMOT EARLEY         before putting together a      individuals in providing the
of their services.”
                                 GPA Chief Executive   strategic plan for the next    best support available for
                                                       three years.                   you, our county players.

                                                       Having spent the last few      This organisation has always
                                                       months travelling around the   been and will remain a
                                                       country to meet and consult    player-led organisation. I
                                                       with players, managers, our    invite you all as members
                                                       committees, the media,         to play your part in helping
                                                       Government, GAA officials,     every member to become
                                                       and donors to name a few,      their personal best...
                                                       I was able to relay your
                                                       opinions and thoughts
                                                       to our National Executive
                                                       Committee and Board.

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PLAYERS THRIVE ON AND OFF THE FIELD - GAELIC PLAYERS ASSOCIATION STRATEGIC PLAN 2017 2019
VISION
                      Players thrive on and off the field.

                      PURPOSE
                      To represent players and invest in their
                      development as people.

                      VALUES
                      • Players First         • Integrity
                      • Courage               • Excellence
                      • Unity

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PLAYERS THRIVE ON AND OFF THE FIELD - GAELIC PLAYERS ASSOCIATION STRATEGIC PLAN 2017 2019
CONTENTS
                                                           STRATEGIC THEMES
                      1

                                                           1.   PLAYING A BETTER GAME                    11

                                                           2. WORKING TOGETHER                           15
3                                                             FOR PLAYERS

                                       2
                                                           3. INVESTING IN PLAYERS                       19

                                                           4. LEAVING PLAYERS IN                         23
                                                              A BETTER PLACE

                                                           5. MORE THAN JUST A PLAYER                    27

                      4                                5
                                                           6. CELEBRATING PLAYERS                        31
                              1. W
                                  exford’s David
                                 Dunne

                              2. S
                                  eamus O'Carroll
                                 of Limerick in
                                 action

                              3. S
                                  tephen Maher
                                 of Laois in action
                                                           OPERATIONS
                                 against Seán
                                 Geraghty of Meath

                              4. C
                                  hris Barrett of
                                 Mayo in action
                                 against Matthew
                                                           WHAT WE DO FOR PLAYERS                        37
                                 Donnelly of Tyrone

                              5. J amie Gonoud
                                  of Westmeath is
                                  tackled by John
                                  Tubritt of Wexford       GOVERNANCE                                    43
                              6. K evin Conlan
                                  launching Réalta in
                          6       a Leitrim school

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PLAYERS THRIVE ON AND OFF THE FIELD - GAELIC PLAYERS ASSOCIATION STRATEGIC PLAN 2017 2019
1.
                      PLAYING
                      A BETTER
                      GAME

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PLAYING
A BETTER
GAME                                                                                                                   1

Changing our games for the better
through a united players’ voice.

OBJECTIVES                              OUTCOMES
1.	
   Making sure that the players’
   voice is heard by those who
                                        1.	
                                           A revamped master fixture list
                                           in hurling and football delivering
                                                                                                              2                            3

      influence our games.                    vibrant county, club and third-
                                              level competitons.

2.	Eavolving competitions to deliver
       better experience for players.
                                        2.	Aprovision
                                              ppropriate standards of welfare
                                                       for all squads.

3.	Rforaising welfare standards
          players.
                                        3.	Ainter-county
                                               new programme for
                                                          managers and
                                              coaches focused on player                                           4                        5
                                              welfare and development.
                                                                                  1. G
                                                                                      PA’s Annual
                                                                                     Reps Day

                                        4.	Ecapture
                                              ffective systems in place to
                                                      the voice of the players.
                                                                                  2.  Kilkenny’s Michael
                                                                                         Fennelly at the
                                                                                         Annual Reps Day

                                        5.	Ppositive
                                              layer-mandated actions for          3. GPA CEO Dermot
                                                                                       Earley representing
                                                      change delivered.                the organisation at
                                                                                       Congress

                                                                                  4. Group of players
                                                                                      participating in
                                                                                      the GPA Madden
                                                                                      Leadership
                                                                                      Programme

                                                                                  5. Cavan’s Killian
                                                                                       Clarke at the
                                                                                       Students Redefined
                                                                                       Workshop in
                                                                                       Belfast

                                                                                  6. GPA Chairman
                                                                                       Seamus Hickey                                   6

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2.
                      WORKING
                      TOGETHER
                      FOR
                      PLAYERS

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WORKING
TOGETHER
FOR
PLAYERS                                                                                  1

Working with players and building a
passionate team of supporters

                                                                             2                                      3

OBJECTIVES                             OUTCOMES
1.	
   Increasing face-to-face time with
   players nationally.
                                       1. 	Iface-to-face
                                              ncreased amount of regional
                                                          engagement with
                                            groups and individual players.

2.    nsuring those who influence
     E
     our games understand the
     power of the work that we do
                                       2.	Ghow
                                             reater understanding of
                                                we serve players by
     with players.                          all stakeholders.

3.	Pvoices
      romoting a culture of strong
            who support players and
                                       3.	Iadvocates
                                            ncreased number of
                                                      championing our
                                                                                                     4

     inspire others.                        purpose and vision.

                                       4.	Tgroups
                                             he network of individuals and
                                                   who support our work
                                                                                             1. G
                                                                                                 PA Annual
                                                                                                Reps day

                                            continues to grow.                               2. A ddressing the
                                                                                                 crowd at the GPA
                                                                                                 Inaugural Boston

                                       5.	Aplayers
                                             nnual independent poll of                           Dinner

                                                    and stakeholders                         3. T he GPA New York
                                                                                                 Gala
                                            showing increased levels of
                                            understanding and awareness                      4. T he launch of the
                                                                                                 Government Grant
                                            of our work.                                         Payment Scheme

                                                                                             5. S
                                                                                                 upporting the
                                                                                                #OnHerSide
                                                                                  5             campaign

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3.
                      INVESTING
                      IN PLAYERS

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INVESTING
                                                                   IN PLAYERS
                                                                   Ensuring adequate funding is available as
                                                               1   the demands on players continue to grow.

“GPA’S POSITION
  STRENGHTENED BY                                                  OBJECTIVES                          OUTCOMES
  NEW €6.2M DEAL                                                   1.	                                1.	
  WITH GAA”
                                                                      Putting the player at the           Continued support from
                                                                      centre of decisions and             Government, commercial
                                                                         resource allocations.               partners, donors and the GAA.
     – Irish Times
                                                                   2.	Mresponsibly,
                                                                          anaging available funds
                                                                                     effectively and
                                                                                                       2.	Vand
                                                                                                              alue for money maintained
                                                                                                                 enhanced.
                                                                         transparently in line with
                                                                         best practice.
                                                                                                       3.	Gstreams
                                                                                                             rowth of independent funding
                                                                                                                    to support the

                                                                   3.	Esustainable
                                                                         nhancing our range of
                                                                                    funding sources.
                                                                                                             increased demand from players
                                                                                                             for our services.

                                                                                                       4.	Rtransparent
                                                                                                              egular, consistent and
                                                                                                                         financial reporting
                                                                                                             available to stakeholders.

                                                                                                       5.	7player
                                                                                                             5% of net revenue allocated to
                                                                                                                   welfare and development.

                                                               2

“GOVERNMENT AND GPA       1. T he annoucement of the GAA
                               and GPA framework agreement
                               2017-2019
AGREE €6.9M DEAL TO        2. A n Taoiseach Enda Kenny,

EXTEND GOVERNMENT              Minister Shane Ross
                               Department of Transport,
                               Tourism and Sport and
GRANTS SCHEME TO               Minister Patrick O'Donovan
                               Minister of State for Tourism

INTER-COUNTY PLAYERS           and Sport at the launch
                               of the GPA agreement
                               with Government on
FOR 3 YEARS”                   government grants

– Irish Independent

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LEAVING
                      PLAYERS IN
                      A BETTER
                      PLACE

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LEAVING                                                                              CREATING LEADERS OF THE FUTURE...

PLAYERS IN
A BETTER
PLACE                                                                                Chloe Morey, Clare, Thomas Brady, Dublin, James Sherry, Fermanagh, Julia White, Cork, Kevin McManamon, Dublin, Siobhan Hurley,
                                                                                     Kildare, Ronan Flynn, Sligo, Anna Geary, Cork and Hugh Paddy O’Byrne, Carlow taking part in the GPA Madden Leadership Programme

Inspiring leaders of the future to leave                                             ...TO BUILD ON THEIR LEGACY
a lasting legacy.

OBJECTIVES                               OUTCOMES
1.	
   Creating equal opportunities
   for players to contribute to
                                         1.	
                                            An expanded range of leadership
                                            programmes for players.
     meaningful change.
                                         2.	Astrategy
                                               ctive player involvement in
2.	Investing in the talent that
    contributes to a vibrant and
                                                       and policy decisions
                                              through an open and transparent
     relevant player-led organisation.        governance procedure.

3.	Cwork
      ontinuing to benchmark our
          so we can deliver world-
                                         3.	Aestablished
                                               n experienced advisory board
                                                          providing guidance
     class supports to players.               and perspective to the National
                                              Executive Committee and Board.

                                              enchmarking of our work
                                         4. Bdelivered                               GPA Founders Kieran McGeeney, Donal Óg Cusack and Dessie Farrell
                                                       through regular
                                              engagements with other players’
                                              bodies and participation in
                                              international player organisations.

                                         5.	Pengaged
                                               layers and former players are
                                                       as community leaders
                                              at local, national and global level.

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5.
                      MORE
                      THAN JUST
                      A PLAYER

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MORE                                                                                                   AIDAN
                                                                                                       CONNOLLY
THAN JUST                                                                                              Mayo Hurler
                                                                                                       Teacher

A PLAYER
                                                                                                       Father of three

                                                                                                       Last year I moved with my wife and three
                                                                                                       kids to the Middle East. I contacted the GPA
Working with players to unlock their full                                                              and the response was fast and brilliant.
                                                                                                       Within three weeks I was doing life-coaching
potential and become a game-changer in                                                                 sessions and was provided with contacts
their own lives.                                                                                       for people who had already made the same
                                                                                                       move. I have found all this invaluable.”

OBJECTIVES                              OUTCOMES
1.	
   Delivering life-changing
   programmes so all players can
                                        1.	
                                           Players understand who they
                                           are, where their passions lie and
     unlock their full potential.            what direction they would like to
                                             take with their lives.

2.    romoting a balanced lifestyle
     P
     where players can thrive both on
     and off the field.
                                        2.	ICoaching
                                             ncreased uptake of Life
                                                      and Player
                                             Development programmes.

3.	Focusing on newer members to
     prepare for future challenges
     and opportunities.
                                        3.	Palayers better equipped to have
                                               lasting and empowering career
                                             playing for their county.

                                        4.	Einduction
                                               stablish a comprehensive
                                                        programme and player
                                             passport system for new squad
                                             members.

                                        5.	Aprocess
                                                                                 FIONN
                                                                                 FITZGERALD
                                               robust quality assurance
                                                     operating annually                                                I would strongly encourage
                                             in relation to all of our                                                 players to engage with
                                             programmes.                         Kerry Footballer                      the services available as I
                                                                                                                       have first-hand experience
                                                                                 University Lecturer
                                                                                                                       of the positive impact they
                                                                                                                       can have on your on- and
                                                                                                                       off-field success.”

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6.
                      CELEBRATING
                      PLAYERS

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CELEBRATING
                                                          PLAYERS
                      1                2

                                                          A positive voice that champions our
                                                          unique players and is proud of what
                                                          they contribute.

3

                                                          OBJECTIVES                           OUTCOMES
                                                          1.	                                 1.	
                                                    4
                                                             Sharing how our work                 Player stories are the heart of
                              1. T ipp’s Brendan            transforms players’ lives.           our communications.
                                  Maher with fans
                              2. L ee Keegan,
                                  Mayo, and Austin
                                  Gleeson, Waterford,
                                                          2.	Rcontribution
                                                                aising awareness of players’
                                                                            to society.
                                                                                               2.	Pcommunity
                                                                                                     layers’ contribution to their
                                                                                                                and wider society is
                                  pictured with their                                                promoted and celebrated.

                                                          3.	Changing perceptions through
                                  GAA/GPA Opel
                                  All-Stars Player of

                                                                                               3.	Iwork
                                  the Year Awards
                                                               open and engaging dialogue.          ncreased understanding of our
                              3. Jonny Cooper,
                                  Dublin, Cormac                                                         fostered through open and
                                  Costello, Dublin,                                                  positive dialogue.
                                  and Richie Hogan,
                                  Kilkenny, take part

                                                                                               4.	Aimplemented
                                  in activities at Jump
                                  Autism Support’s                                                    recognition scheme
                                  Easter Camp                                                                     to acknowledge
                      5   6
                              4. M
                                  ike Lyons and                                                     the contribution of long-serving
                                 Gerard Smith of
                                 Louth celebrate                                                     players when they retire from
                                 after the Lory
                                 Meagher Cup Final                                                   the game.

                                                                                               5.	Tchannels
                              5. G
                                  alway's Joe
                                 Canning signs                                                       argeted communication
                                 autographs after
                                 the Championship                                                            strategy used
                                 Quater-Final
                                 against Dublin                                                      to facilitate increased
                                                                                                     understanding of our vision
                              6. M
                                  eath captain
                                 James Toher lifts the                                               and purpose.
                                 Christy Ring Cup
                              7. J ack McCaffrey,
                                  Dublin, TJ Reid,
                                  Kilkenny, and Gillian
                                  Whittall, Marketing
                                  and PR Manager
                                  Opel Ireland at
                                  the launch of the
                                  2015 Opel GAA/
                                  GPA All-Stars jersey
                                  in support of the
                                  Childhood Cancer
                          7       Foundation

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ANNUAL GPA FORMER PLAYERS EVENT
                                                                                        BRIAN
                                                                                        DARBY
                                                                                        Offaly
                                                                                         Footballer
                                                                                         Teacher
                                                                                         Father of two

                                                                                         As a person who was very
                                                                                         uncertain about what to do
                                                                                         with my life, I have been
                                           1
                                                                                         given clarity and guidance
                                                                                         in channelling my skills in
                                                                                         the best possible way. I
                                                                                         would openly advise fellow
                                                                                         players to seek out and
                                                                                         benefit from the GPA’s
                                                                                         exemplary services.”

                                                          3
                                      1. D
                                          ermot Earley
                                         addresses the
                                         room at the
                                         annual GPA
                      2                  Former Players
                                         event

                                      2. S
                                          eamus Darby,
                                         Offaly, and
                                         Charlie Nelligan,
                                         Kerry

                                      3. F ormer Cork
                                         hurlers Kerry
                                         Kelly, Roger
                                         Ryan, and Jimmy
                                         Brohan with
                                         former Tipperary
                                         hurler Tony Wall

                                      4. D
                                          ermot Earley
                      5           4      with Mick
                                         O’Dwyer

                                      5. F ormer Kildare

                                                              NOEL
                                          football team-
                                          mates, from
                                          left, William
                                          McCreery,

                                                              McGRATH
                                          Charlie
                                          McCreevy, Sos
                                          Dowley, Aidan                           I was faced with a massive challenge
                                          Walsh, Eddie
                                          McCormick, and                          in my life when I was diagnosed with
                                          Hugh McCreevy,
                                          at the GPA
                                                              Tipperary Hurler    testicular cancer. The GPA were very
                                          Former Players                          supportive of me during this time to
                                          Event               Athlete mentor in
                                                                                  make sure I was getting the best help
                                      6 T ony Hanahoe
                                                              sports education    possible. I have since made a return
                                         with Mícheál Ó
                                  6      Muircheartaigh                           to hurling and made a full recovery.”

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PARAIC
                        O’KEEFFE                               WHAT WE
                        Wexford Footballer
                        Teacher                                DO FOR
                                                               PLAYERS
                        The GPA programmes had a knock-
                        on benefit on the field of sport and
                        has further empowered me to take
                        action towards the goals that I want
                        to achieve short-term and long-term
                        — to get the best out of myself in
                        everyday life.”

LORCAN
McLOUGHLIN
Cork Hurler
                                   The GPA has been
                                   very beneficial for me
                                   with regards to making
                                   important career-path
Business Development
                                   decisions. I now have a
& Marketing Officer                better balance between
Father of one                      my personal life,
                                   professional career and
                                   sporting career.”

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PLAYER                 HOW WE
DEVELOPMENT            ACHIEVE THIS
                       Facilitation
                       • GPA Staff                                 • GPA service providers
                       • GPA Personal Development Coaches

Unlocking players’     Focus
full potential         • Athletic identity                         • Career vision

and building a         • Emotional intelligence
                       • Personal values and vision
                                                                   • Education and skills plan
                                                                   • Wellbeing

solid foundation       Services

for personal and       CAREER                                      PERSONAL

professional growth.
                       • C
                          areer plan development (CV,             • Development coaching
                         interview and communication skills)
                                                                   • Brand management
                       • B
                          usiness start-up and development
                                                                   • Social, charity and community
                         programme
                                                                      engagement

                       EDUCATION                                   • F inancial advice

                       • Education planning and advice            • L eadership programmes

                       • Scholarships
                                                                   WELLBEING
                       • Upskilling scholarships
                                                                   • Personal counselling 24/7
                                                                   • Residential treatment

                       What success looks like
                       • P
                          layer is better able to manage the      • P
                                                                      layer feels supported, empowered and
                         demands of a dual career as an              equipped, with the tools and confidence
                         amature athlete.                            to improve his quality of life.
                       • P
                          layer has explored and understands      • P
                                                                      layer feels much more fulfilled, enjoys
                         the concept of athlethic identity.          life and is in a position to make an
                                                                     increased contribution to his game, his
                       • P
                          layer has a better understanding of
                                                                     community and our society.
                         himself and his purpose in life, with a
                         greater sense of optimism for what the    • Player is operating at his personal best.
                         future holds.

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PLAYER                HOW WE
REPRESENTATION        ACHIEVE THIS
                      Facilitation
                      • GPA staff                                     • GPA service providers

Raising welfare
                      • GPA volunteer player groups

                      Focus
standards through     • Squad charters                                • Competition structure reform

a united players’     • GAA/GPA player policy forum
                      • Player safety and welfare
                                                                      • Individual case management
                                                                      • Research

voice to enable       Services
players thrive on     • Cardiac screening programme                   • Anti-doping awareness protocol

and off the field.    • The GPA enhanced injury scheme
                      • Former player surgical fund
                      • GPA benevolent fund
                                                                      • Concussion awareness protocol
                                                                      • Coaching pathway for retiring players
                                                                      • Protecting the integrity of our games
                      • Dental protection

                      What success looks like
                      • E
                         fficient operation of Squad Charters        • P
                                                                         rotecting the integrity of our games
                        with timely delivery of player entitlements     through player education and awareness
                        as agreed.                                      protocols.
                      • D
                         elivering a vibrant playing environment     • E
                                                                         vidence-based research underpinning
                        and experience for all players.                 welfare policies for current, former and
                                                                        future county players.
                      • C
                         omprehensive physical health screening
                        and interventions for all players.

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2017 GPA                                                                                           GOVERNANCE
REPS
NATIONAL
EDUCATION
OFFICER               PROVINCIAL ENGAGEMENT OFFICERS

NOEL CONNORS          TOMÁS COLTON          NIALL McNAMEE      ALAN KERINS       ALAN O’MARA
                      ULSTER                LEINSTER           CONNACHT          MUNSTER

Leinster                                             Munster
CARLOW                   LOUTH                       CLARE                   LIMERICK
Daniel St Ledger         Adrian Reid                 Martin McMahon          Ian Ryan
Brian Tracey             Gerard Smyth                David Reidy             Barry Hennessy

DUBLIN                   MEATH                       CORK                    TIPPERARY
Jonny Cooper             Donnacha Tobin              Mark Collins            Brian Fox
Eoghan O’Donnell         Damien Healy                Lorcan McLoughlin       Brendan Maher

KILDARE                  OFFALY                      KERRY                   WATERFORD
Daniel Flynn             Sean Pender                 Darran O’Sullivan       Tadhg Ó Huallacháin
Niall Ó Muineacháin      Shane Dooley                John Griffin            Noel Connors

KILKENNY                 WESTMEATH
Richie Hogan             Kevin Maguire
                         Eoin Price
                                                     Connacht
LAOIS
Darren Strong            WEXFORD                     GALWAY                  ROSCOMMON
Ross King                Brian Malone                Finian Hanley           Donal Smith
                         Eanna Martin                John Hanbury            Naos Connaugthon
LONGFORD
Michael Quinn            WICKLOW                     LEITRIM                 SLIGO
Patrick Walsh            John McGrath                Gary Reynolds           Charles Harrison
                         Billy Cuddihy               James Glancy            Eolan McCarthy

                                                     MAYO
Ulster                                               Jason Doherty
                                                     Corey Scahill

ANTRIM                   DOWN
Chris Kerr
Neal McAuley
                         Kevin McKernan
                         Connor O’Prey
                                                     Overseas
ARMAGH                   FERMANAGH                   LANCASHIRE              WARWICKSHIRE
Aidan Forker             Eoin Donnelly               Jason Patton            Joe Meagher
Ciaran Clifford          Ryan Bogue
                                                     LONDON                  NEW YORK
CAVAN                    MONAGHAN                    Phillip Butler          Ross Wherity
Jack Brady               Darren Hughes               Tadhg Healy
Mark Hayes               Brian Flanagan

DERRY                    TYRONE
Chrissy McKaigue         Matthew Donnelly
Ruairi Convery           Padraig McHugh

DONEGAL
Ryan McHugh                                                 Football         Hurling
Padraig Doherty                                             Representative   Representative

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National Executive Committee                                                            Board                                                        Remuneration
                                                                                        Chairman & Director: Fergus Clancy*
                                                                                                                                                     Sub-commitee
                                                                                                                                                     Chairman: Tom Dillon*
                                                                                        Paul Flynn                   Brian Mulvihill
                                                                                        Director                     Director
                                                                                                                                                     Sean Murphy*               Fergus Clancy*
                                                                                        Philip Greene                Sean Murphy*                    Director                   Director
                                                                                        Director                     Director
                                                                                                                                                     Paul Flynn
                                                                                        Seamus Hickey                Matt Hoban                      Director
                                                                                        Director                     Company Secretary

Seamus Hickey
Chairman
                         David Collins
                         President
                                               Paul Flynn
                                               Secretary
                                                                    Stephen McDonnell
                                                                    Cork Hurling
                                                                                        Finance                                                      Audit & Risk
Limerick Hurling         Galway Hurling        Dublin Football
                                                                                        Sub-committee                                                Sub-commitee
                                                                                                                                                     Chairman: Liam Twohig*
                                                                                        Chairman & NEC Member: John Glennon*
                                                                                                                                                     Seamus Hickey              Mark Ward
                                                                                        Philip Greene                Brian Mulvihill                 Director                   NEC member
                                                                                        Director                     Director
                                                                                                                                                     Martin Kelly*
                                                                                        Colin Moran                  Mícheál Carrigy
                                                                                        NEC member                   GAA Rep.

Noel Connors             Aidan Forker          Ronan Sheehan        Mattie Donnelly
                                                                                                                                                     Player Safety Welfare
Waterford Hurling        Armagh Football       Down Hurling         Tyrone Football     Competition                                                  Committee
                                                                                        Structure Reform                                             Chairman: Dr Jim O'Donovan - Limerick football
                                                                                        Committee
                                                                                                                                                     Cathal Cregg                James Sherry
                                                                                        Dermot Earley                Barry Cahill                    Roscommon football          Fermanagh football
                                                                                        GPA CEO                      Dublin football
                                                                                                                                                     Ciaran McDonald             Enda King
                                                                                        Richie Hogan                 Michael Quinn                   Tipperary football          Sports Surgery Clinic
                                                                                        Kilkenny hurling             Longford football
                                                                                                                                                     David Breen                 Walter Palmer
                                                                                        Seamus Hickey                John Griffin                    Limerick hurling            GPA US/Former Gen
Mark Ward                Cathal Cregg          Brian Mulvihill      Richie Hogan        Limerick hurling             Kerry hurling                                               Secretary EU Athletes
Meath Football           Rosscommon Football   Tipperary Football   Kilkenny Hurling
                                                                                        Ronan Sweeney                Ruairi Convery
                                                                                        Kildare football             Derry hurling

                                                                                        Colin Moran                                                  Former Players Group
                                                                                        Dublin football
                                                                                                                                                     Chairman: Tony Hanahoe

                                                                                        GPA Squad Charter                                            Joe Connolly               Declan O’Loughlin

                                                                                        Group                                                        Vinnie Glennon
                                                                                                                                                     Seamus Darby
                                                                                                                                                                                Pat Mangan
                                                                                                                                                                                Mick Galvin
Alan Kerins              Keith Rossiter        Philip Greene        Colin Moran                                                                      Sean Walsh                 Donal O’Grady
Galway Dual Player       Wexford Hurling       Sligo Football       Dublin Football     John McGrath                 Hugh Paddy O’Byrne
                                                                                        Wicklow football             Carlow hurling

                                                                                        Paddy Stapleton              Aidan Forker
                                                                                        Tipperary hurling            Armagh football                 US Advisory Groups
                                                                                        James Toher                  Eoin Doyle
                                                                                        Meath football               Kildare football                New York Advisory          Boston Friends of
                                                                                                                                                     Board                      the GPA
                                                                                        Finian Hanley                Kevin Maguire
                                                                                        Galway football              Westmeath football

Ronan Sweeney
Kildare Football
                         John Glennon*
                         Independent
                                               Sean Murphy*
                                               Independent
                                                                    Fergus Clancy*
                                                                    Independent         Governance
                                                                                        The GPA adhere to the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland
                                                                                        *Committee members who are independent of the playing body

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GAELIC PLAYERS ASSOCIATION
Unit 27 Northwood House
Northwood Business Campus
Santry, Dublin 9, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 857 5686
www.gaelicplayers.com
www.wewearmore.ie
    @gaelicplayers
    Gaelic Players Association

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