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Covid-19 Update to Clubs

The GAA & Meath County Board have issued directives to all clubs on Friday 8th May. Some extracts from the communications are shown below:

Communication from Meath County Board:

A number of Clubs asked about using their grounds for fundraising purposes and the use of walking tracks. I wrote to the Ard Stiúrthóir and also to the insurance committee. The following are their replies:

  1.  As you know, club grounds are actually closed at the moment and that extends to every type of activity. So unfortunately we can’t use them for fundraisers. Our insurance doesn’t extend to cover our members running on public roads in events organised by other bodies.
  2. GAA Liability insurance only extends to GAA fundraising activities for the benefit of GAA units.

Fundraising activities for the benefit of Third Party organisations like Pieta House are not covered by our insurance. We are aware there are many of these being organised at clubs but our insurance does not extend. The club can check with the beneficiary charity to check if they have cover in place.

As per the communication issued yesterday club facilities including walkways are to remain closed until July 20th.

Croke Park still firmly hope to be able to play county and club competitions this year, subject of course to public health guidance. We will keep you all informed on the latest news but they have stated that no inter-county games are expected to take place before October, and that there will be no Development squad activity for the remainder of the year.

Coiste na Mí have been asked, in the interest of players, to suspend inter-county training until further notice. There will be a phased resumption of training at both Club and County level to allow players to prepare appropriately for playing games.

There was also an update on the Player Injury Fund which remains suspended:

“GAA INJURY BENEFIT FUND”
Suspension of cover
Following the decision of the GAA management committee to suspend all GAA playing and training activity with effect from 13th March 2020, the GAA Injury Benefit Fund cover has been suspended from this date and will continue to be so until such time that playing and training activity are
sanctioned for return and can resume. This period of closure has now been extended until July 20th
.
Online training and Individual training programs
The GAA Injury Benefit Fund has never provided cover and will not provide cover for injuries that occur whilst an individual is taking part in an on-line training session or an individual training program. Should an individual sustain an injury and incur medical costs, the individual will be personally responsible for all such costs.

Insurance Cover in Place
Liability & Property Insurance policies are required and continue and remain fully in place for all affiliated units despite the introduction of the Public Health restrictions on GAA and other nationwide activities.