Over €500,000 in funding will be provided in 2018 to support intercounty Camogie and Ladies Football players. The Government funding for the Women’s games is up almost 17 per cent on the figure in 2017.
This payment, confirmed yesterday, reflects that provided through Sport Ireland to the Men’s game, though in payment to teams rather than individuals.
The money for this year represents €9,000 available to each of the 53 adult intercounty squads and €4,500 to the 2 teams only involved in one competition, a rise from the €8,000 available in 2017 when an overall figure of €428,000 was awarded.
This is the second year of an initial two year commitment to the scheme following a joint proposal by the Camogie Association, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and the Womens Gaelic Players Association.
Also published yesterday were the results of an independent survey evaluating the first year of the scheme.
This provides a positive report on its impact and a strong case for its retention.
The financial support has so far been used towards programmes such as injury prevention and medical cover; maximising player and team performance, and access to training facilities.
Services covered in the first year included Physiotherapy, Strength and Conditioning, Nutritional Advice, Sports Psychology, Performance Analysis, Player Recovery, Medical Cover, Specialised Coaching and Gym/Training Facilities.
The remit of the scheme and its’ unique, collaborative nature has contributed to a positive change in standards, welfare, co-operation and athlete identity. Some of the key findings include:
• 84% of players and 90% of managers report the grant scheme as contributing to an increase in the general standard of the Inter-County game.
• 66% of players and 92% of managers report increased standards of injury prevention.
• 63% of players report that the standard of welfare support has increased.
• 67% of managers & administrators report improved relations between players and administrators.
• Physio (33%) and Strength & Conditioning (17%) were the most common uses of the grant aid.
• 70% of players have reported an increase in the extent to which they view themselves as an elite athlete.
• 61% of administrators and managers reported increased skills within the county board.
“Everything about the grant scheme has been built on collaboration and taking the intercounty experience to a new level, in line with other high-performance funding,” said Sinead McNulty, Independent Chair of the Scheme Implementation Group.
“Players indicated their priority is to be the best they can be at their sport; this funding supports managers and administrators in their efforts to provide the best environment possible to maximise standards in the Intercounty game.”
“Through the evaluation, it is evident the access to additional supports and services has improved playing experiences, boosted player welfare and improved relations within each county. The first 18 months of the funding programme has been massively encouraging and provides a great platform to develop it further in the coming years.”
“The Government Grant Scheme has been wonderful for us,” added Dublin Camogie Manager David Herity.
“In 2017 what it has allowed us to do in Dublin is to develop the whole game and the girls as well and bring it on to a whole new level.”
“You’re getting something back that’s going to make you a better athlete, a better person,” said Cavan Ladies Footballer Donna English.
“It’s making you perform better. We are actually getting help from the Government to get us to the next phase, to get us to the next stage. It’s great to see that recognition”