AGREE­MENT NEEDED TO SORT Out FIX­TURES ‘MESS’

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WICK­LOW Games man­ager Hugh Kenny says that the cur­rent ‘mess’ that is ju­ve­nile GAA fix­tures in Wick­low needs to be sorted out and that the best way to do that is to en­gi­neer a for­mal agree­ment be­tween the Coiste na nOg and the Gar­den County Academy.

He is also of the opin­ion that all ju­ve­nile games need to be com­pleted by the end of Septem­ber, almost eight weeks ear­lier than ju­ve­nile fix­tures fin­ished up in 2014.

“There needs to be a for­mal agree­ment be­tween the GCA and Coiste na nOg when the 2015 fix- tures cal­en­dar is be­ing drawn up to avoid over­load on youth play­ers.

“All our fix­tures need to be com­pleted be­fore the end of Septem­ber to al­low for dis­trict games to com­mence in Oc­to­ber/Novem­ber at the odd age group Un­der-13 and Un­der-15 to pre­pare clubs for the fol­low­ing year.

This would then give clubs a bet­ter idea when af­fil­i­at­ing teams. Fix­tures are a mine­field and won’t please every­body but we have to get our act to­gether.

Ad­min­is­tra­tive struc­tures within the county need to be re­viewed with a view to en­sur­ing, that the ca­pac­ity is in place to roll out and struc­ture a com­pre­hen­sive GAA Games Pro­gramme for the en­tire 12 months based around the cur­rent Gar­den County Academy pro­gramme.

“This re­view of how play­ers at all lev­els within the county can be pro­vided with a sched­ule of mean­ing­ful games ap­pro­pri­ate to their needs and level of de­vel­op­ment.

“If we get this right first we then have a plan to op­ti­mise par­tic­i­pa­tion and sort out this cur­rent mess once and for all.

“Clubs are the rea­son be­hind the suc­cess or fail­ure of a fix­tures pro­gramme,” said Wick­low’s Games man­ager.

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