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Moffatt outlines his 2020 vision


MAKING PLANS Mayo GAA Board chairman Liam Moffatt is pictured at the County Convention in December. Pic: Michael McLaughlin

Mike Finnerty

THE newly-elected chairman of the Mayo GAA Board says he has five things that he wants to ‘make significant progress with’ in 2020.
Liam Moffatt told club delegates at MacHale Park last week that he wanted to ‘set out his stall’ and promised to make County Board meetings ‘as effective as possible’ during his term.
“Every meeting will have an aim and an outcome; there will be agreed behaviours; we need to get people involved; and there needs to be action points so that people are accountable,” said the Crossmolina clubman.
“The first thing is a five year strategic plan so that it’s very clear for Mayo GAA where we’re going; the second thing I want to look at is a clear operational structure — governance. How does Mayo GAA work? How does fixtures work? How does coaching work? How does communication towards the County Board work?
“The third thing we’re looking at is the commercial strategy — that big question, ‘how will we pay for it?’ The fourth thing we’re looking at is an infrastructural review — where will we play? ‘We have significant challenges in relation to pitches in Mayo and obviously we’re battling the elements as well.
“And the final one is the further development of the Academy project — supplying coaches to back it up and to integrate the club and the county.”
“The aim of tonight’s meeting is to inform the delegates of the current status in every single area so that things are transparent and you know what’s going on, without being insensitive about certain topics. I hope you’ll appreciate that,” Moffatt said during his chairman’s address.
“The outcome of tonight’s meeting will be that the club delegates here will agree the behaviours of what is acceptable and unacceptable at County Board meetings. And secondly, what do club delegates want from County Board meetings.”
Moffatt also told club delegates — who broke into a round of spontaneous applause at the end of the meeting — that the Mayo GAA executive were going to break their work down into 90-day targets. ‘Or Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4” explained the chairman.
“The goal of the Executive in the first 90 days is to get the day to day operations running in the first month. In February - a meeting to discuss a strategy for Mayo GAA going forward, and what we’re looking at by the end of March is a standard operating procedure for Mayo GAA in place. So that people can easily see how we run our affairs.”
During the meeting, the chairman also unveiled his ‘seven captains’ who will chair seven groups of club delegates for 15-minute ‘break out discussions’ on certain topics in a nearby room.
Moffatt explained that one of the purposes of these ten-person group discussions was to encourage participation in debate and show delegates that they had a part to play in the decision-making process of Mayo GAA.

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