In the wake of the appointment of the GAA Fixtures Calendar Review Task Force, all GAA members are being invited to complete a fixtures calendar survey that will take in the views of those at grassroots level on an issue that is impacting everyone in the association.
The survey asks for opinions on the structure of the All-Ireland county leagues and championships as well as questions on members' thoughts about the current club structures and the impact of the 'April for clubs' month. The survey can be taken by any player or club member on the GAA's website here.
Chaired by former St Sylvester’s club chairman, Eddie O'Sullivan, the committee are also open to longer proposals for how to solve the fixtures mess, with members invited to send such submissions to [email protected]. In an email circulated to clubs this week, the committee set a deadline of Friday July 19th for submissions and hope to publish their results by November of this year.
Speaking about the review, GAA President John Horan said:
A high-quality team has been assembled to lead this work with many strands of the GAA reflected in its make-up.
It is also important that our membership is given the opportunity to make their voice heard, and I would invite people to contribute by making submissions and also engage via the online survey.
While Horan seems to be pushing on with his quest to introduce a second tier into the current intercounty football championship structure, the questions raised in the survey would indicate that the GAA are at least taking other suggestions that have been floated onboard, with some questions referring to the idea of taking the league structure and using it as the basis for the prime competitions in both football and hurling.
Once again, if any member wants to take the survey they can do so here.