New app to assist clubs seeking challenge matches

August 09, 2019

A view of Croke Park before the 2019 Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher Cup finals. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

Croke Park this morning hosted the launch of a new club focused app entitled PlayUs GAA, which has been designed to facilitate clubs to search for and arrange challenge matches.

The idea for a mobile app that made it easier for coaches and clubs to organise challenge games is the brainchild of Mark O’Donovan, a member and coach with Bantry Blues GAA Club in Cork, who felt that the task of organising challenge games, blitzes and tournaments could be made much easier using modern technology.

PlayUs GAA was devised in collaboration with the GAA Games Development Department in Croke Park and developed by Galway based company, App Design. It is available to all GAA, LGFA and Camogie clubs, catering for all age groups and grades.

Coaches seeking to organise games can simply enter the proposed game details and the app then sends out invites to appropriate teams within a designated distance. PlayUs will be a very useful tool for coaches and will provide more games for club players.

“PlayUs GAA has the potential to change the training-to-game imbalance by assisting players to do what they do best, play games.”

Graham Canty – All Ireland Winning Cork Captain 2010

“We are always looking for ways to use technology to support coaches. Playing games is key to developing your players and your team and PlayUs GAA makes it easier to contact other teams and organise games outside of the competitive structure.”

Jimmy Darcy – GAA Games Development Manager

The PlayUs GAA team includes, Mark O’Donovan, Graham Canty, RuairÍ Deane and Majella McCarthy.

For further details please contact Mark O’Donovan on 086 1750764 or see

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