WPGA will raise player welfare standards - Aine Tighe

Leitrim and Kiltubrid’s Áine Tighe says that the formation of the Womens Gaelic Players Association will hopefully bring a turnaround in player welfare standards across the country in both codes, writes Coilin Duffy.

Leitrim and Kiltubrid’s Áine Tighe says that the formation of the Womens Gaelic Players Association will hopefully bring a turnaround in player welfare standards across the country in both codes, writes Coilin Duffy.

Tighe was one of 200 or so in attendance at the launch at Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre for the historic announcement.

“There’s players here from both codes, up and down the country and it’s a great opportunity to get everyone together and like minded people as well. It’s definitely a step in the right direction and progress,” said Aine, “We are a couple of years behind the men, but if we are taking these positive steps forward there’s only one way to start. Fair play to the gang of girls who are behind it - they are doing great work and hopefully it will be a great success.”

Tighe says there’s huge commitments put in by all concerned, and that they are no different to their male counterparts.

“You are always looks across and seeing what others have, but I suppose we are kind of used to it at this stage and we just drive on. It would be great to try and get that progress and bridge the gap between the men and women. Hopefully this will be a step in the right direction. It’s going the right way anyway.

”It’s always the same people you are going too day-in, day-out; week-in, week-out, to try and get support and in fairness they are hugely supportive. It’s great to have that, but if something like this could help us out in any small way at all it would be a great help indeed.

“Some players are travelling two or three hours for training, and having to head back to work or college after. I suppose everyone does it and it’s the choice you make at the start of the year when you commit.

“No one has a problem with it and we all do it for the pride in the jersey and the team, but it would be great if we got a bit of support, be it travelling expenses or food. Whatever - every little helps.”