The Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LFGA) has suspended its injury fund with immediate effect, amid reports that teams intend to train on non-GAA facilities next month.
As per a statement from the LGFA, any individual who suffers an injury during these sessions will be “personally responsible” for all medical costs incurred, as the GAA public liability insurance is currently suspended.
The GAA has closed all training and playing facilities with immediate effect as of yesterday, until 20 July. This means that the LGFA has also had to cease all group activity until such time as the pitches they use are once more open for use.
The association are not planning for any inter-county action before October.
In a statement released today the LGFA confirmed the management committee of central council have suspended the injury fund from 22 May, amid reports that some clubs plan to commence training on 8 June, when Phase 2 of the easing of the government’s Covid-19 restrictions allows for training in small groups.
The full statement reads:
“Following reports that some LGFA groups intend hiring or using facilities [private and public open spaces] outside of GAA grounds to commence training in small groups when Phase 2 of the Covid-19 restrictions commence on 8 June, the Management Committee of Central Council has suspended the LGFA Injury Fund with immediate effect from today 22 May 2020.
“This will be the situation until such time that training and playing activity are sanctioned for return by the LGFA. All GAA training and playing facilities are closed until 20 July.
“The GAA Public Liability Insurance stands suspended until 20 July.
“Return to Train & Return to Play protocols are currently being drawn up by the GAA Covid-19 Advisory group and will be circulated when completed and agreed in June.
“In the meantime we are urging all members to stay vigilant and to stay safe. Central to every decision made is the health and safety of our members and their families.”