Covid Update – Adult Inter-County panels return to training 19th April

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Adult Inter County panels are permitted to return to collective, full contact Training from Monday, April 19th.  The key control measures remain completion of the online education module (which you can access here) and completion of the Health Questionnaire before each session (link to Health Questionnaire is here)

A key message from our Covid Advisory Group is to avoid indoor gatherings wherever possible. For instance, it is permitted to use dressing rooms or hold meetings indoors, but we would strongly encourage you to explore alternatives or minimise usage as much as possible. Keeping the majority of your interactions outdoors is the key measure to follow if you wish to ensure the safety of players and support personnel.

Underage Intercounty Squads

For clarity, Counties are asked to note that the current exemptions for underage club training (adult and underage club in North) and adult inter county teams DO NOT extend to underage intercounty teams or player development programmes; only players from a county’s Adult panel are currently covered by the player injury fund. Return to Training dates for underage intercounty panels are contingent on further relaxation of Government restrictions – the LGFA will advise further once any new information is made available.

Challenge Games

The current relaxations to Government restrictions do not permit Challenge games to take place (unless between members of the same panel). We have been advised that this will be the position until May 4th  at the earliest. We are seeking to have this position revisited as part of any further relaxation of Government restrictions and we will communicate further with Counties as soon as we have any additional information in this context.

Use of Gyms

It is now permitted to open County owned gyms for members of the adult intercounty panel as required. If gym work, or aspects of it, can be conducted outdoors, then risk of transmission of the virus is dramatically reduced. Ideally gym activity indoors should be conducted on an individual basis or in very small groups.

Inter County players may also use their relevant Club Gym for individual training as long as they are following the advice in the Inter County Return to Training and Play document.

Finally, we would ask you to ensure that both Return to Play Documents and this cover note are circulated to all County Team Managers and backroom personnel at your earliest convenience.



Helen O’Rourke