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Insurance on the agenda for GAA clubs


John Brennan

THE importance of insurance for Mayo GAA clubs and new regulations affecting their insurance cover were outlined at last week’s County Board meeting in Castlebar.
Club delegates were told that appropriate measures will have to be put in place in the next few weeks to ensure that Mayo clubs are compliant with new regulations.
County Board Secretary Vincent Neary briefed the meeting on a report sent by Sinéad Leavy, the Risk and Insurance Manager of the GAA.
“The renewal of central GAA property and liability placements will pose a significant challenge this year,” Leavy warned.
“The sole challenge is full cover, with extreme weather like the recent storms and recent floods will have an impact on property rates and covered terms offered by insurers”.
It was also highlighted that following the recent weather events that severely impacted the country, insurers will apply premium rates or restricted cover and in some instances the removal of cover for certain locations.  
In terms of liability insurance, details were outlined about a new partnership between the GAA and Allianz Ireland, which came into effect from November 1.
The conclusion of full policy terms is ongoing, but an important issue was highlighted.
It was noted that “cover is only in place for gaelic games activity and that any activity that is not fixtures or training related is not covered”.
Paddy Muldoon informed delegates of a case recently at Lucan Sarsfields, where a 12-year old fell on the grounds and was awarded €48,000, where the GAA club had to pay €25,000.
Claremorris delegate Craig Middleton posed the question of what cover is in place for third parties using facilities at the GAA club. Muldoon outlined that there is no cover in place. Treasurer Kevin O’Toole then informed delegates that to ensure all clubs in Mayo are compliant, a questionnaire will be handed out at County Convention which must be filled and returned to be submitted to Croke Park by December 31.
It includes information on the number of pitches, dressing-rooms, stand, floodlights, ball alleys, astroturf, bar, sports hall and gym at all clubs.
O’Toole stressed the importance that all clubs return the questionnaire as Croke Park require all the information in order to have a database should any incident arise in the future.  

Neary thanked by chairman
LAST week’s meeting was also Vincent Neary’s last as Mayo GAA secretary as the Bonniconlon official steps down from the post at next Sunday’s County Convention.
Mayo GAA chairman Mike Connelly duly thanked Vincent ‘for all his work over the last five years’ and acknowledged that ‘he has given huge service to the GAA’.
“On behalf of the executive and ourselves we want to thank him most sincerely and his family for their co-operation,” said Connelly, adding that “he won’t be going too far away”. Mr Neary received a standing ovation from all club delegates at the meeting.

Crossmolina motion to tackle injury bills
TO overcome the major problem in GAA clubs with injury bills, Crossmolina Deel Rovers have put forward the motion that ‘submission of senior inter-county hurling and football injury data to the National GAA injury database be compulsory for County Boards’.
Crossmolina club delegate Liam Moffatt explained the background to the motion to club delegates and how it effects clubs all over the country.
Moffatt outlined that only five counties submit such information to Croke Park, and despite “work done to promote player welfare with €20 million and €9 million set aside for player welfare and injuries respectively, you don’t actually know what is happening in games”.  
Moffatt explained that Mayo GAA are one of the few counties to carry this out and that he feels that “all medical staff working with county teams” should follow suit.
“Eventually it will trickle down and if people are doing crazy training and injuring people it is not killing the injury fund and effecting every club in Ireland,” Moffatt concluded.


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