GAA gives go ahead for club activity to return

The long-awaited return to football action is just around the corner as clubs in the six counties have been given the go ahead to resume training.

The GAA’s Covid Advisory Group met yesterday evening (Monday) and decided to give the green light for club activity to recommence in Northern Ireland.

The NI Executive confirmed last week that training for clubs can resume from Monday 12th of April, provided that the Executive ratify this the week before.

Ulster GAA commented in a statement last week, “GAA clubs in the north must stress to their players and management teams that 12 April is the earliest date that they may be permitted to resume activity”

The training, beginning in three weeks, will only be permitted outdoors, in groups of up to 15 people and non-contact, but it’s a step in the right direction.

There had been suggestions that the GAA would prefer an all-island approach, but the Covid Advisory Group supports the six counties returning when given the opportunity.

The return date of competitive action and games remains unclear, as does the commencement of the county season, but it has been suggested that the National Football League will begin at the start of May.