Dubs at top of funding for coaching and games development

The GAA have announced their spending record on coaching and games development. As well as this a report by Ewan McKenna Sunday World journalist also found that the advantage favours Dublin in terms of funding over a 10 year period 2008 to 2018. So let’s take a look at some stats from the GAA’s report and of course Ewan’s report which can be found on his twitter.

Dublin GAA have received over 17.9 million in the last 10 years for coaching and games, next on the list is Cork at 1.4 million . How can there be a 16 million in the difference? Fermanagh are way down at the bottom at around 630, 000 euro. The GAA should be investing money heavily in the so called weaker counties . More can be found on Ewan’s twitter page where he gives a detailed breakdown.

Now looking at the GAA Report for 2018 again there are some stark figures. In the calendar year 2018 11.1 million was spent on coaching and games development. The majority going to Dublin.  8.2 million euro was spent on Player welfare and organisational development an increase over 1.2 million than the previous year.

According to the Official GAA website 345 coaches were working in more than 600 schools with over 360,000 people. An East Leinster CoaghiCo programme was also established allowing for 35 new coaches to be rolled out in Wicklow, Kildare , Wexford, Louth, Meath and Kildare.

What is a massive worry is the gate receipts for the GAA slipped . Considering the super 8s were introduced last year for better and competitive games it clearly hasn’t worked. Gate receipts for 2018 in the report show a decrease of 4.8 million to a total of just under 30 million euros . The report  found that over 1.5 million attended GAA matches in the Allianz Hurling and football leagues.

Some more interesting statistics 

  • Clubs Grant funding increase by 25%
  • 424 gaa clubs received a grant to carry out work on facilities.
  • 13.9 million distributed to counties an increase of 500,000 from 2017.
  • GAA’s total revenue was 63.5 million, 52.89 million of this given to clubs, schools and counties.
  • GAA has paid out 45 million to injured players in last five years alone.

Speaking about the report the GAA finance director said “the associations finances are in rude health . He went on to say “It is with a high level of confidence that our members can be assured that the association enters the coming financial year in a solid state”.

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