GAA: GPA Launch New ‘Sponsor a Scholar Campaign’

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA ) has launched its 2014 ‘Sponsor a Scholar Campaign’ aimed at generating further support for the players’ education programme.

Educational support is a key part of the GPA’s Player Development Programme. Since its inception in 2010, the GPA has distributed over 1,900 scholarships to county players both at undergraduate and postgraduate level along with support for up-skilling and further education programmes.

Through the Sponsor a Scholar scheme, donors are being asked to commit €2000 to sponsor an individual player for a year or commit to multi-annual support. Sponsors can choose a county to which they wish to donate.

Speaking about the impact of GPA educational support on his career, Mayo goalkeeper and All-Star nominee Rob Hennelly commented: “Returning to education to increase my employment opportunities was very important to me. I am now completing my masters and specialising in an area which will enhance my career prospects. With the dedication required to be a county player; a part-time job to fund our own education is almost impossible.”

GPA Chief Executive Dessie Farrell added: “The support of our players’ education is a critical component of the Player Development Programme and it is essential that the scholarship scheme is properly resourced. A donation received last year from the US to support a return to education by one of our former players has had a profoundly positive impact on that person’s life. This campaign is targeted at smaller donors who wish to help make a difference to the lives of players.”

For further information about the GPA  ‘Sponsor a Scholar Campaign ‘ log on



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