- Updated Overview 4/4

(19 Apr 2021)

16ú Aibreán 2021
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Covid Update

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Return to Training As you are aware non-contact training for underage club players/ teams in pods
of 15 will be permitted from April 26 th next in the 26 Counties. Our clubs in the North have returned
in pods of 15 this week. “Underage teams” means any registered team at U-18 level or below.
Attached, please find the updated Guidelines for a Safe Return to Gaelic Games.
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). If you have not previously completed/ would like to refresh the Return to Play Training
Video – please click here.
It is also important to remember that all indoor facilities must remain closed at this time, both North
and South of the border.
Attendance at Training In general, only players and coaches of the relevant team should attend any
training session. One Parent or Guardian per child (or per family if more than one child is attending
from a particular family) is permitted to attend in a safeguarding /supervisory capacity involving any
team in the U-18 or below age group, should they consider it necessary. However strict social
distancing and public health guidelines should be adhered to at all times. In particular, it is important
that parents do not congregate in groups before, during or after sessions, outside of what is
permitted in current Government regulations.
Any person wishing to attend our underage training or games including coaches, parents, players
and spectators shall be subject to the provisions of the Code of Behaviour (Underage).


Return to Training Inter County first and second Camogie teams are permitted to return to
collective, full contact Training from Monday, April 19 th . Attached is an updated set of Guidelines for
inter-county teams which we would ask you to ensure is circulated to all members of your county
panels and backroom teams.
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.

Minor/Academy Squad Training For clarity, Counties are asked to note that the current exemptions
for underage club training and adult/ senior inter county teams DO NOT extend to Minor or
Academy squads; only players from a county’s first and second (where relevant) panel are currently
permitted to return to training. All players must be registered and have insurance in place. Return to
Training dates for underage inter county panels are contingent on further relaxation of Government
restrictions – The Camogie Association will advise further once any new information is made
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 County Camogie
first and second 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. Please follow the advice in the Inter County
Return to Training and Play document.
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.
Is muide, le meas,

Hilda Breslin Sinéad McNulty
Uachtarán Ard Stiúrthóir

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