First off, I hope you are all well and staying healthy during this difficult period of time. As we approach the beginning of the Governments Roadmap to Reopening, we felt it was important to touch base and set out the Clubs current position on what we can and cannot do at this time.
Phase 1 of the Roadmap is due to begin on Monday the 18th May. In relation to Sports and Tourism this allows for Groups of 4 People to Exercise together as long as social distancing, staying 2m apart, can be maintained and that they have no contact with other people.
While this loosening of restrictions is welcome, it is vital that we stress to our mentors and players that all GAA Activity remains suspended until July 20th or until the GAA say otherwise.
This means that no small group training sessions can be run by mentors and Club Facilities such as The Clubhouse, Astro Pitch, Gym, Mentors Stores and P34/35 will remain closed to GAA Activities. Throughout this period the GAA Injury Benefit Fund has been suspended and that remains the case until the GAA reinstate it. Online training sessions are not covered by any GAA injury funds and should only be organised via the Clubs designated Microsoft Teams account
While organised pitch training sessions are not permitted at this point, exercise remains a key element in maintaining our physical and mental health, so we would encourage mentors to check in on players regularly and for Players to practice their skills in a safe manner while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
The important point to remember is that while the Government have provided guidelines on when activities can resume the National Governing Bodies for each Sport have the final say in when and how their activities can resume safely and we will be issuing the latest GAA guidelines at each phase or as we receive them.
Any decisions that we make will be based off GAA Guidelines and done with the best interests of the Public in mind. So, while these are testing times for us all, we’d ask you to hold firm and continue listening to Government and GAA Guidelines, with the hope that we will return to playing the games we love in the near future.
Yours in Sport
On behalf of The Executive of Clontarf GAA Club