Light at the end of the Tunnel

The first steps in terms of a road map to getting back into Gaelic Games action, after Covid-19 Lock down restrictions are released.

It’s welcome news BUT… We must still remain patient and vigilant. The press release and documents issued yesterday by the GAA, An Cumann Camógaíochta and the LGFA outline the plan for Safe Return to Gaelic Games.

It’s a lengthy and detailed plan that Clubs need time to digest and plan for and will require additional volunteers and funds to successfully implement.

The plan offers a route back to activity, subject to the government timelines being achieved in the weeks and months ahead.

It is broken down into sections covering Medical Advice; Preparing for a Safe Return; Information for Players and Team Personnel; Summary and Checklist; Roadmap for Return to Activity.

Some of the stand-out elements of the report include:

A gradual return to on-field non-contact activity in Phase Three of the Government plan in small groups.

The need for an online education programme and new measures around temperature checking and completed documentation before training and games.

A return to contact sport on July 20.

Provisional windows for club activity and the return of inter-county training and competitions.

The document mirrors the Government roadmap and outlines the opt-in approach of the wider Gaelic games family regarding a possible return to activity and play.

It will take much time and commitment from our volunteers to put in place the necessary arrangements to facilitate a return to activity. Please be patient. Please volunteer where and when you can. Please support the Club financially when we ask.

We are very much looking forward to reopening the Gates of Páirc MacUilín but there will be changes to how we operate and we will require everyone’s full cooperation and support for that #StaySafe #BackSoon

Author: Caoimhe McShane

McQuillan GAC Ballycastle is a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in the town of Ballycastle in County Antrim. Read more about the club here.