OUTGOING Mayo GAA Secretary Vincent Neary says that county teams ‘need more space’ and ‘high standard’ facilities on which to train and play games in the years ahead.
Writing in his annual report to the County Convention which takes place in Westport next Sunday, Neary also said that Mayo GAA ‘needs to be proactive’ in regards to ‘academy squads and coaching in schools and clubs’ to ensure that the Mayo senior football team ‘remains at the top’.
“We here in Mayo need to be proactive in our approach and in our actions to make sure that this county remains at the top and reach the last eight as often as possible,” writes the Bonniconlon official.
“To do this our structures must be right, starting with our academy squads and our coaching in schools and clubs. Much work has been done and is ongoing in this area and it is in a healthy state but we can never relax.
“Our facilities for all our adult and underage footballers and hurlers will have to be at a high standard. We simply need more space. We are limited to a pitch and a half to cater for all teams.
“This is not enough and hopefully in the near future some officer of this Board will be able to stand before you and unveil plans for additional playing and training pitches which I know you would unanimously support.”
In his final report to Mayo GAA club delegates, Neary also suggested that amalgamating some clubs may help to drive up the standards.
“We must also provide competitive competition for our club players through league and championship. We must expose all our club players to competition at the highest level possible. We may have to explore the possibility of junior and intermediate clubs amalgamating to participate in senior competitions in order to improve standards. This may not be easily done, but we need to keep upping the standards.”