Ensuring safety at all GAA facilities must be a priority for clubs says P.J. Meehan
Safety for all must be priority for all clubs in the county according to Insurance Officer P.J. Meehan in his report to next Monday’s Leitrim GAA County Board Convention.
Meehan, who also serves as Leitrim’s Central Council delegates, has urged clubs to remain vigilant and do all they can to eliminate hazards for everyone who uses GAA facilities.
In his report, Meehan writes “Insurance continues to be a very important part of life. It’s no different in the GAA. As we commence our club year, teams/players participating in the year ahead have to be covered by insurance. As clubs contribute yearly to make sure there is a kitty to offset treatment costs for injuries received in the course of training and game participation.
“All clubs will have received a rebate on their insurance subscription. This rebate is a reward amount related to the overall payout versus the intake from each county. Also generating part of the rebate is the efficiency of all clubs in their payment and registration of their teams.
“All clubs should be aware that the rebate is an efficiency related reward. It’s up to all clubs to make sure all their teams are registered and payment forwarded to Croke Park before March 31, each year.”
And Meehan urged clubs to stay on top of processing claims, highlighting one particular incident from this year - “I will once again mention the sixty day rule deadline for submission of claim forms pages one and two. Believe it or not I had the experience in early October this year of a club runai and a player who hadn't heard of the sixty day rule, hoping this was a 'wind up' but no it was fact.
“At this point I have to ask where does the information from county board meetings end up. Not all clubs are getting the feedback that they should get from their delegates.”
And Meehan finished by asking clubs to examine their own pracitices - “I will again organise an Insurance Information night early in 2017 for the clubs. Safety at all our facilities is a priority for all club officials as we continue to eliminate any hazards that may cause an injury.
“Do coaches or team mentors ever advise young and not so young players to respect the facilities provided for their pleasure. For example did they ever ask players not to swing out of crossbars, nets, fences etc..”
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