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The 25 proposals aimed at helping end Cork's current hurling and football struggles

A document was handed out to each club delegate last night by the county’s coaching officer.

THE STRUGGLES OF Cork GAA have been well documented of late with the county’s senior hurlers bowing out of the All-Ireland championship race with last Saturday’s loss to Wexford.

Cork team huddle Cork lost out to Wexford in Thurles last Saturday. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

The defeat came on the back of early season exits again for the county’s minor and U21 hurlers from their Munster championship campaigns.

Last night’s Cork county board meeting saw a discussion on the performance of inter-county teams deferred until August but there was an interesting document distributed to every club delegate by the board’s coaching officer Kevin O’Donovan.

In the document O’Donovan outlined a plan for the future of Cork GAA with 25 key proposals aimed at helping end the county’s current hurling and football struggles.

You can read the full document here:

And here is a summary of the 25 proposals that O’Donovan issued.

What do you think of them? Let us know int he comments section below.

Cork GAA Hurling and Football Draft Discussion Document

1. Regular, Meaningful Games for our adult Club players

2. Appointment of Directors of Football and Hurling

3. Appointment of a Head of Physical Development

4. County and Regional Centres of Excellence

5. Additional Coaching Staff

6. Appointment of a full-time ‘Junior Administrator’ for Rebel Óg

7. Reorganise Rebel Óg structure to form one county-wide structure

8. Consider New Underage Club Structures

9. Re-define primary age groups at Fé 17,15,13,11,9,7 for a pilot period

10. Consider new club underage Games formats

11. Review and Support Development Squad Programmes

12. Review and Support Sciath na Scol Programmes

13. Review and Support Post Primary Games Programmes

14. The Jack Lynch Project – A Regeneration Hurling model for Cork City

15. Coordinated and Progressive Player Development Programmes

16. Design of Player Development Programmes for players aged 18-25

17. Support and Build links with Third Level Institutions”

18. Support and Develop Referees

19. Extend the Availability of our County Grounds

20. Establish a Representative Body for Club Players

21. Establish Friends of Cork GAA’

22. Develop and Extend Coach Education programmes

23. Establish Open Forums with all stakeholders of Cork GAA

24. ‘A Call to Arms’

25. Reform Beyond Cork

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