Clubs warned over players injury cover

Leitrim GAA Clubs have been warned to ensure their players have their own personal insurance as the GAA's own Player Injury Fund is designed to only make up the short-fall in a players's expenses.

Leitrim GAA Clubs have been warned to ensure their players have their own personal insurance as the GAA's own Player Injury Fund is designed to only make up the short-fall in a players's expenses.

The warning came at the Leitrim GAA County Board Convention earlier in the month when a Melvin Gaels motion seeking that the insurance fee for each club team be raised to guarantee that all injuries, including physio costs, be covered.

However, Connacht Council delegate P.J. Meehan pointed out that the Player Injury Fund is not an insurance scheme but rather a common fund operated by the GAA which can only pay out what is paid into it. He also stressed that the Player Injury Fund is only designed for the short-fall in private insurance and that if a player has private insurance, they must claim off that first.

Melvin Gaels Terry Tiffoney said tht a lot of clubs were probably in the same position as an injury to one of their players in the last year cost the club €7,000 and catering for injuries such as there put an awful strain on clubs.

Asst. Secretary Declan Bohan said that the Player Injury Fund operates on a break-even situation and to operate an Insurance scheme would mean a doubling of insurance costs, a move that would put some clubs out of business.

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