PRO Joe Bracken - Following the announcement of the Government's Roadmap for reopening society and business, plus Croke Park's statement welcoming the proposals, Tipperary Co. Board would now like to take this opportunity to update our members and clubs on a few areas arising from the continuing Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
CLUB GAMES/TRAINING & PITCHES
on from the Croke Park statement we are instructing our clubs to continue to
refrain from organising on-field activity. So, therefore, our GAA facilities
must remain closed until July 20th as part of efforts to prevent gatherings
which breach the restrictions. The GAA will issue detailed advice before any
return to play; outlining the steps we have to take to facilitate the
re-commencement of our training and games, both in terms of physical engagement
and around the use of our facilities. Tipperary Co. Board is confident that we
will still be able to play club competitions this year, subject of course to
public health guidance. There will be a phased resumption of training at club
level to allow players to prepare appropriately for playing games. We can
confirm however that no inter-county games are expected to take place before
October. The protection of all the people who play and attend our games is of
paramount importance and must come before any on field activities. Getting our
championships and leagues finalised in their present format will probably be
impossible so over the coming weeks the County Management Committee and Co. CCC
will draw up possible scenarios based on the potential time frames available.
Naturally these will only be recommendations and will have to be approved by Co.
Committee before seeking derogation from Croke Park to change our championship
structures agreed at the 2019 Co Committee meeting.
maintenance of facilities can continue whilst adhering to the guidelines and
from May 18 construction work on our grounds is also permitted.
PLAYERS INJURY SCHEME
and players are reminded that the Player Injury Scheme is suspended and will
remain so until an official return to action protocol is confirmed. All pre
lockdown claims are being administered and paid in the normal manner. The
Injury Benefit Fund is reliant both on a percentage of all championship gate receipts
at provincial and central level which totalled €2.6m in 2019 combined with €5m
approx. of annual club subscriptions. It is acknowledged that clubs have paid
most of their subscriptions for 2020 and some are now requesting a potential
rebate from the fund due to its current closure. This will not be possible in
the short term as the scheme has current claims in existence for January,
February and March and until there is full clarity around the resumption,
timing and volume of the games programme (which will lead to further new
claims) it will not be possible to work out or estimate any potential surplus
until closer to the year end. At that point it may be possible to offer a
partial rebate or potentially a significant reduction or extension on the 2021
scheme membership. The Injury benefit fund runs annually from January to
December and clubs and counties have 60 days to lodge claims so the overall
final position of the 2020 fund will not be known until the end of February
2021. The Injury Benefit Fund cover only applies to registered members as per
the terms of the fund and we have been advised that some units have not yet
registered their members for 2020.
2020 P&L/PROPERTY INSURANCE PREMIUMS
Co Board has received clarification that counties were given an extension /
deferral of their 2020 Insurance premiums for April only. Clubs are reminded
that membership and public liability will need to be in place for the return of
our activities and are advised to pay their premiums in the weeks ahead.
Insurance premium had been paid in full by Croke Park CLG to our Insurers
Allianz & AIG and full Insurance cover (Property & Liability) remains
in place despite the lockdown. A rebate of insurance premiums would not be
considered by insurers at this time but the benefit of a reduced claims history
during the crisis would be factored into upcoming insurance renewal
negotiations. The collection of the outstanding insurance premiums as charged out
to counties is now a fundamental and critical number in Croke Park's cashflow
projections and collection of the premium is now both a necessity and a
priority. Tipperary Co. Board must confirm this necessity and requirement for
units to pay insurances and that any savings arising from the loss of activity
in our Clubs and Counties would hopefully benefit the renewal premiums over the
coming years. Unfortunately the current five years claims history of the
Association is poor (specifically for non GAA activity) and this is currently
one of the main factors that may potentially affect our insurance premiums next
the week all Tipperary GAA Clubs will receive notice of their premium for 2020
along with their charge for membership registration (€2 per member) up to April
1st. For most clubs their Insurance premium will be similar to 2019. Once you
receive this figure we are requesting that you forward a cheque to your Divisional
Treasurer during this month of May and they will co-ordinate the collection
within their Division on our behalf.
TIPPERARY GAA CLUBS DRAW 2020/21
Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw which was due to commence this month has been
rescheduled to commence on Friday September 18th. We are confident there will
be a full resumption of games activity well in advance of this date to allow
clubs promote the draw. Lár na Páirce office personnel have already prepared
the New Draw material and this is ready for collection for any individual clubs
who wish to make an immediate start. The Final receipts for the 2019/20 Draw
will not be posted out until August 1st which is just about six weeks before
the first draw. Enclosed with the receipt will be details of an easy system for
paying the new draw subscription on-line if preferred and thus avoiding
promoters calling to members houses during the current pandemic.
the current situation, the GAA continues to plan for the staging of this year's
Kellogg's Cúl Camps in August and will communicate any changes to this approach
with clubs if they arise.
GO RAIBH MAITH AGAIBH
Tipperary clubs signed up to the Tipperary Covid 19 Forum and they all have
played an important role in the community effort against the pandemic. We would
like to acknowledge the incredible efforts of so many of our clubs and members
in community assistance projects that they have been active in one way or
another over the last eight weeks in helping those who need it most.
underline the importance of continuing to adhere to the guidelines to ensure
that the country as a whole meets its targets in the coming weeks allowing us
to make progress and facilitate a return to games when it is safe to do so.
meantime look after each other and stay safe.
SHAVE, DYE OR MO - TIPPERARY SENIOR FOOTBALL
Congratulations to all involved
with the Tipperary senior football panel and backroom
team shave, dye or mo fund raising initiative which has reached €16,184 to date
and surpassing its target in raising much needed funds for local charities.
On behalf of the players and management thanks
to all who supported this venture, it is very much appreciated.
NATIONAL REFEREES PIETA HOUSE CHALLENGE
also, to the 72 National Hurling and Football Referees who did a virtual championship
run last Saturday and raised €26,056 to date in aid of Pieta House who aren't
able to run Darkness Into Light this year.
Co. Board extends sympathy to the wife and extended family of the late Neil
O'Dea R.I.P., who passed away recently. A native of Templemore, Neil played
senior football with Tipperary in 1954, '55, '56 and '57 and was captain of the
Thurles Crokes side that won the Tipperary Co. Senior football title in 1960.
He received the Mid Tipp Hall of Fame Award and was also honoured with a Shean
Gael Award in 2013. When work took Neil to Tuam he became actively involved
with Tuam Stars and served many roles within the club.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.