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Wexford GAA Bulletin

Bulletin following Coiste Contae meeting held on 23 August 2022.

Club Championship Update

Micheál Martin, Cathaoirleach CLG Loch Garman, congratulated all teams who had won silver wear in the completed Pettitt’s SHC (Ferns St. Aidan’s), The Courtyard Ferns IHC (Oulart-The Ballagh), Joyces Expert Wexford IAHC (Horeswood) and the Permanent TSB JHC (Davidstown-Courtnacuddy), JAHC (Clongeen) and JBHC (Glynn-Barntown), Panda U19 Hurling Championships, EEW All-County Hurling Leagues and EBS All-County Football Leagues. He thanked all those who contributed to the running of our games to date – players and mentors, club officers, referees and their officials, gate people, stewards and the committees-in-charge.

The mechanism for review of our club championship formats will be discussed at the next meeting with all items on the table including the possibility of extending our internal club window to forego representation at provincial level.

Gate receipts for the 2022 Club Hurling Championship were 4% lower than 2021 but are up from 2019. A full review of attendances will take place after the football championship but playing our key knockout games during peak-holiday season is one of the key factors to recognise. Streaming income from Wexford GAA TV has continued to be strong although the streaming of games in public premises is an issue to be addressed.

Strategic Plan Update – Coaching & Player Development

Integrated Athletic Development Programme

Eoin Devine O’Grady has been employed as a GDA with responsibility for the implementation of the Integrated Athletic Development Programme. The purpose of this programme is to implement a coherent approach towards the area of strength and conditioning in Wexford for youth footballers and hurlers.

Eoin has a BSc. in Sports Science and a MSc. In Strength & Conditioning. He has worked previously as an S&C Coach with Carlow GAA in respect of strength and conditioning programmes for youth players and has spent the last five years as a GDA in Longford GAA with responsibility for performance coaching.

High-Performance Plan for Hurling

Niall Williams has been employed as our Coach & Player Development Manager (Director of Hurling) as part of our High-Performance Plan for Hurling. The purpose of this programme is to develop MODEL players, coaches and teams to consistently achieve success at the highest level.

Niall has numerous qualifications including a Certificate in Sports Coaching and a MSc. in Coaching & Exercise Science. Niall, who has recently moved to live in New Ross, spent ten years as a GPO with Dublin GAA and has been the Coach Education and Development Officer for the Camogie Association for the past four years. He also has a wealth of coaching experience across multiple codes at all levels and, most recently, with St. Martin’s who were narrowly beaten in this year’s county final.

Strategic Plan Update – Infrastructure

Chadwicks Wexford Park

The tender for the floodlights has been agreed with the enablement work, concourse lighting and erection of floodlights to be completed in time for the first floodlit game in Chadwicks Wexford Park in January 2023.

Halo Tiles Wexford GAA Centre of Excellence

Works are due to commence on the new pitches in Halo Tiles COE in the coming weeks so as to have the new pitches on stream at the end of next year. Works on the entrance from the N11 together with floodlights for the pitches are planned for next year. Based on current pricing, the estimated expenditure is expected to be in the region of €1.8m.

Wexford GAA are currently in discussions with Wexford LGFA and Wexford Camogie so as to agree a Memorandum of Understanding between the three associations for the use and development of Halo Tiles COE.

St Patrick’s Park

Health and safety works and upgrades to spectator areas in St. Patrick’s Park have been completed.

Upcoming Dates

20 September 2022        County Committee Meeting

25 October 2022              County Committee Meeting

22 November 2022         County Committee Meeting

12 December 2022          County Convention