GAA contact training could resume as early as June 29th…
Off The Ball are reporting that the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) met on Thursday and they have presented the Government with advice on phases three and four of the lockdown. OTB state they “understand that the Government are poised to lift restrictions.”
A major announcement is set to be announced later this evening. Under the GAA’s Safe Return to Gaelic Gaelic Games document, contact training is not to begin until at least July 20th. With club championships pencilled in to restart on July 31st, this would be somewhat unfair as it would not be adequate time to prepare.
It is now expected that this will be scrapped and a return to full contact training can begin on June 29th, Monday week. This, of course, would be subject to public health guidelines.
The GAA’s roadmap isn’t likely to be affected. This will mean that the club championship will run from the end of July to the middle of October, for approximately eleven weeks. Wexford’s club championship draws will take place this Monday and will be live streamed.
Things are certainly looking up in the world of sport and this is great news for not only players, but for the wider sporting community. Sport is needed in many ways and has obviously many benefits be it social, mentally or emotionally. GAA training and clubs getting back will be a welcome boost to everyone not only in Wexford, but the whole country.