More 'exclusive club weekends' to come into GAA calendar in time for 2018 season

The GAA have given ‘verbal assurance’ they’ll produce National Master Fixtures Plan by the end of October.

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THE CLUB PLAYERS Association (CPA) claims the GAA have provided “verbal assurance” they’ll deliver a National Master Fixtures Plan for the 2018 season by the end of October.

The CPA believes the plan will improve player welfare across the board by featuring more exclusive club weekends and adding more certainty to the calendar.

“They have committed to producing a National Master Fixtures Plan by the end of October 2017 for the 2018 season,” a CPA statement read.

“They have given us a verbal assurance that the repeated CPA requests focusing on the needs of club players will be reflected in this plan by delivering more exclusive club weekends and by adding certainty to the calendar.

“Club players have a reasonable right to ask that the ongoing club fixtures issues should be dealt with comprehensively and incorporated in rule in the official guide.”

The CPA also expressed its “serious concern” at the hurling reforms which will be discussed at Saturday’s Special Congress at Croke Park.

“At the 2017 Congress we witnessed the adoption of the Super 8s and now as an afterthought, hurling has been added to the agenda, requiring a Special Congress. This is an example of further disjointed management and incremental change in the GAA calendar.

“Having met with senior officials last Friday in Croke Park, we again expressed our serious concerns at this approach.”

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The player’s body also revealed it expects to present further proposals to the CCCC in the coming weeks.

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