GPA survey shows more than half of inter-county players want season to resume

October 16, 2020

Kerry's Tadhg Morley watches on as Dublin's Ciaran Kilkenny calls for an advanced mark. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

A Gaelic Players Association (GPA) survey has shown that more than half of inter-county players want the 2020 season to resume.

Inter-county action will recommence this weekend with outstanding Allianz League matches due to be played before the start of the All-Ireland championships later this month as the Government debates the recommendation of NPHET that the entire country be moved to Level 5 restrictions of the 'Living with Covid' plan.

This evening, the GPA released the results of a survey asking its members for their opinions on the resumption of the inter-county season and 52% gave their full backing for the games to go ahead, 24% also want a return but only if Covid-19 protocols are improved with a further 24% saying they would be against it.

The survey was completed by 1,695 players which represents 76% of the official players' body’s membership. The questions were:

"In your opinion, is your county board effectively implementing the Covid 19 Inter County return to play protocols" to ensure a safe training/playing environment for you? 

"If no, indicate what specific changes are required to make your training/playing environment compliant with the Covid protocols;

"Which of the following options reflects your opinion for the upcoming 2020 Season?

1) I want the season to proceed.

2) I want to play only if the implementation of the Covid-19 protocols is improved.

3) I do not want the season to proceed.

"If the Covid-19 situation continues to deteriorate, do you support the NEC (GPA's National Executive Committee) making a decision on the players' behalf about the continuation of the season?

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