AGREEMENT NEEDED TO SORT Out FIXTURES ‘MESS’
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.