Panel sizes are fi­nan­cial bur­den

Third All Star for Sarah

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - SPORT - BY PAUL BREN­NAN

WHILE Kerry GAA’s over­all fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion re­mains “solid” ac­cord­ing to Der­mot ‘Weeshie’ Lynch, the out-go­ing trea­surer cau­tions that a tight rein will have to be kept on team train­ing ex­penses, es­pe­cially the se­nior teams. He also says that Kerry County Com­mit­tee need to be “proac­tive, in­no­va­tive and stay ahead of the game” with re­gard to their on­go­ing in­ter­na­tional fundrais­ing ef­forts.

In his re­port to Con­ven­tion next Mon­day night, Mr Lynch will state that the ac­counts show a re­tained profit of €539k but “to keep Kerry teams suc­cess­ful, huge ef­fort is re­quired from play­ers and man­age­ment alike, which in turn de­mand more re­sources re­sult­ing in costs to the board re­flected in our team ex­penses, es­pe­cially in the area of player wel­fare and med­i­cal ex­penses. The re­sults achieved for 2018 would not be pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of our play­ers and man­age­ment teams who are well aware of the tight fi­nan­cial con­straints that we have to op­er­ate within.”

Mr Lynch con­tin­ues: “Team ex­penses over­all re­turn the same as 2017 and will al­ways be a chal­lenge to the board to main­tain. How­ever, while there were some no­table cost re­duc­tions in some ar­eas, there were sig­nif­i­cant in­creases in the Se­nior foot­ballers and hurlers which can­not be ig­nored. This is as a di­rect re­sult of in­creased man­age­ment teams and panel sizes,” adding that the net cost to Kerry GAA for all in­ter-county teams was of €819,000.

“Phys­io­ther­apy and med­i­cal ex­penses of €168k are down €16,000 from 2017 and re­flect the hard work of all try­ing to con­tain it,” the re­port says.

“This is a ma­jor ex­pense item to the board and pro­vides a huge chal­lenge in try­ing to pro­vide best med­i­cal cover to our teams at the low­est pos­si­ble cost. Player wel­fare will al­ways be top pri­or­ity in Kerry GAA but close at­ten­tion will al­ways have to given to this area due to the amount of ac­tiv­ity and costs in­volved.

“Team man­age­ment and panel sizes will also pro­vide a chal­lenge to the board along with ev­ery other County Board in the Coun­try. While it is ev­ery County Board’s am­bi­tion to pre­pare their teams to the very best and have some sil­ver­ware at the end of the year, if trends con­tinue the costs will just be­come pro­hib­i­tive or will come at a cost to some other ar­eas of the board.”

Mr Lynch says that while 2018 has again been “a very solid fi­nan­cial year...and has us in a very healthy po­si­’s im­por­tant to point out the chal­lenges and com­mit­ments that lie ahead. The con­tin­ued up keep and run­ning of Cur­rans Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence will al­ways present its de­mands along with the devel­op­ment in IT Tralee, which is near­ing com­ple­tion.

“All of these pro­jects will re­quire money away from the day to day run­ning of the board. As a re­sult we have set up a Cap­i­tal Sink­ing Fund this year and have put away €100k to start off with out of this year’s fi­nances. Hope­fully this pol­icy can be re­peated in the years ahead and when cap­i­tal in­vest­ment will be re­quired by the board in the fu­ture, the funds will be there to meet it and will not re­quire ad­di­tional bor­row­ing.

On the is­sue of fundrais­ing the trea­surer says: “In­ter­na­tional fundrais­ing will con­tinue well into 2019 and beyond with the monies gen­er­ated used to meet the cap­i­tal re­pay­ments of Cur­rans and IT Tralee. Kerry’s suc­cess at In­ter­na­tional fundrais­ing is widely ac­claimed both at home and abroad and is a credit to all in­volved. Now we see other coun­ties fol­low­ing Kerry’s model go­ing abroad do­ing the same thing, it is ex­pected there will be some im­pact, so we will need to be proac­tive, in­no­va­tive and stay ahead of the game.

Sarah Houli­han of Kerry is pre­sented with her TG4 All Star award by Ard Stiúrthóir TG4, Alan Essle­mont and Pres­i­dent of LGFA Marie Hickey dur­ing the TG4 Ladies Foot­ball All Stars Awards 2018, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Lidl, at the Ci­ty­west Ho­tel in Dublin. Photo by Bren­dan Moran/Sports­file

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