Darcy urges club players to have their say

Former Leitrim star Declan Darcy has urged GAA players to have their say on proposed changes to all aspects of Gaelic Football as the GAA launched a website for the Football Review Committee last week.

Former Leitrim star Declan Darcy has urged GAA players to have their say on proposed changes to all aspects of Gaelic Football as the GAA launched a website for the Football Review Committee last week.

Darcy was named on the committee which also includes former Offaly and Longford manager Eugene McGee, Kerry’s Killian Burns, former Galway star and Connacht Games Development manager John Tobin.

A key component of the work of the FRC is the launch of a dedicated web site that will allow interested people to make submissions about their views on the game. The first important use of this website is the provision of a questionnaire being announced today that will allow the many people who have a great love of and interest in football at county, club and educational level an opportunity to express their views on a range of topics.

Speaking at the Press Conference FRC Chairman Eugene McGee said: “We are very anxious that as many people as possible have their say about any aspect of football. Obviously, discussions about football at inter-county level will receive a lot of attention from the FRC but so too at club level where the game lives and breathes on a daily basis. So now is a real chance for club players to have their say.”

People with specific views on Gaelic football can email us on frc@gaa.ie and those who do not use the internet may send their views in writing to: FRC, c/o Communications Dept, Croke Park, Dublin 3.

The Football Review Committee was set up by GAA President Liam O’Neill with a remit to examine all aspects of Gaelic football and produce a widely researched report later in 2012 to the Management Committee and Central Council which will provide the basis for a national debate on football in 2013. This forensic examination includes statistical analysis on the development of the game from the 1970s to the present time with particular emphasis on the last 10 years.

Communications we receive from the football public will help form the basis of our final report but we are also carrying out extensive face-to-face meetings with the various stakeholders in the game such as county and club players and officials, coaches, referees, county boards and provincial councils, media people, second and third-level bodies and other interested football people.