Sweeney wants better training for Club Administrators

Money should be pumped into improving the administration of clubs in the county according to Leitrim GAA County Board Secretary Diarmuid Sweeney in a four-part survey in a national newspaper over the last few days as the Secretary claimed there was a lack of vision among club officials in the county.

Money should be pumped into improving the administration of clubs in the county according to Leitrim GAA County Board Secretary Diarmuid Sweeney in a four-part survey in a national newspaper over the last few days as the Secretary claimed there was a lack of vision among club officials in the county.

In the four part survey carried out by the Irish Examiner, each County Board Secretary was asked their opinion on four topics affecting the GAA in their county and when it was put to them what they would do if €1 million were to be invested in Leitrim, Diarmuid Sweeney opted for club administration instead of facilities.

“I’d put it into club administration,” Sweeney told the Examiner, “They need to be trained up and there’s a lack of vision. They’re centred on their own parish and club and there’s a difficulty in seeing the bigger picture.

“People might opt for underage development but there’s a lot going in already. Putting it into club administration as opposed to the county would see greater rewards.”

On the subject of national fixtures hitting club fixtures, Diarmuid replied “Last year, we had a break in the League preceded by a bye which gave us an opportunity to play club league games.

“We progressed well in the championship and were in it two-three weeks longer than normal but our fixtures only finished a week later.

“We don’t have that break this year and start the championship earlier. It’s going to be difficult.

“You can play so many games without county players and in our county, you can’t play midweek games with the amount of players living outside the county now.”

As for the prospect of a team holiday or the Leitrim Senior footballers in 2013, Diarmuid said “The plan will be a weekend as opposed to a holiday. We’re going to New York in the first round of the championship so we’ve no need of a holiday.”

The fourth part of the survey will be carried in the Irish Examiner today (Wednesday).