St Pats Notes 22/06/2020


Our club lotto remains suspended due to Covid-19. While this is a regrettable decision it is necessary to safeguard the health of our club officer’s lotto players and our many promoters. We will gradually be restarting activities over the next month in line with Government and GAA advice.
We thank all our promoters and supporters of the St. Pats Club Lotto and we look forward to your support again hopefully in the not too distant future.

GAA Covid-19 Update

The following changes to the return to activity guidelines are being made after recommendations from this morning’s Covid-19 Advisory Committee.
These changes were subsequently endorsed by the GAA, the Camogie Association and the LGFA.
From this week:
* Open pitches for Adult training next Wednesday, June 24th. * Open for Minor and below from Saturday, June 27th. * Both of the above on a non-contact basis and on the understanding that players and all participants have completed the eLearning module and are following the control measures in place (health questionnaire etc). * On the basis of a maximum of 15 players in a designated area of the field (26 Counties) and 10 players in a designated area of the field (6 Counties). * Coaching numbers for underage teams to be consistent with Code of Behaviour.

From June 29th:
* Allow contact training and challenge games for all from Monday, June 29th (26 Counties). * We await guidance from the NI Executive in relation to 6 Counties – non-contact training in the numbers outlined above in the interim. * We also await clarification on what will constitute a close contact versus a casual contact. * Restriction on participants-only attending training sessions to be relaxed from June 29th – subject to government specified maximum of 200 people in the ground. * Allow Club Fixtures from Friday July 17th (Club Football Championship is expected to start 2 weeks earlier than previously advertised). * No change to inter-county dates (Sept 14th for training; competitions to start on Oct 17th as planned). * All control measures for players, coaches and other team personnel (completion of health questionnaire, eLearning education etc) is to remain in place until advised otherwise; dressing rooms to remain closed until July 20th * The Advisory Committee is considering the position in relation to other GAA buildings (such as Club bars that are serving food, Gyms, Handball alleys etc). Guidance will be provided in this context before June 29th.

Phase 3

The government announced another further acceleration of the roadmap into easing restrictions brought in to curb the spread of Covid-19. This will take effect from Monday, 29th June.

* Sports – All sporting activity can resume but individual sporting associations will decide how best to proceed. * Culture/recreation – Theatres, music venues, concert halls and cinemas can reopen with social distancing in place. * Drinking/eating – Bars (with or without restaurant licences if they serve food) can reopen with table service only and various other restrictions including the serving of a “substantial” meal. * Tourism – Hotels, hostels, caravan parks, galleries and museums can welcome visitors again. * Business/services – Wellbeing services (chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, and homeopathy) can reopen. * Travel – All restrictions for travelling within Ireland will be lifted. International travelling is still not allowed however the 14 day quarantine for all arrivals to Ireland remains in place till at least the 9th of July. * Public transport – Only for essential journeys and face covering must be worn. If possible, avoid peak-time travel. * Hair salons etc. – Can reopen. * Weddings/large gatherings – People can gather in groups of 50 indoors and 100 outdoors until July 20 and then it increases to 100 indoors and 500 outdoors. Social distancing must be implemented. * Religious services – People can attend services at places of worship with physical distancing measures in place. * Childcare – Crèches, childminders and preschools will open for children of all workers who need childcare to return to work.

Covid-19 Education Programme for Coaches, Mentors and Players

Some key control measures have been introduced in line with public health guidance measures aimed at minimising the risk of Covid-19 transmission and every person involved in Gaelic games has a responsibility to adhere to them at all times. A summary of these key measures are:

* Education and awareness – ensure continued awareness of safety protocols relating to your role * Pre-attendance screening – All players and personnel will be required to complete a health questionnaire before attending games or training until further notice * Adhere to hygiene best practice – frequent hand washing/ sanitising, and regular cleaning/washing of gear and equipment; avoid spitting, sharing water bottles and wearing of face masks where applicable. * Observe social distancing guidelines (currently 2m) until further notice * Avoid or reduce body contact to a minimum – shaking/clapping hands must be avoided * No access to changerooms – All clubhouses, changerooms and shower areas are not to be used until further notice. Toilets will be available but on a controlled basis * Travel to and from training – if possible, walk or cycle to venue. If travelling by private vehicle, only travel with members of the same household. * Refrain from team meetings – eliminate all non-essential gatherings. Where possible, team meetings should be held outdoors or in spaces that allow for compliance with social distancing guidelines * Outdoor training sessions – all players and teams must conduct their training outdoors; there will no changing facilities available for same until further notice.

Club Membership Registration for 2020
The GAA membership year runs from 1st January to 31st December, so 2019 memberships have now expired. If you wish to be a member of the Club for 2020 and haven’t renewed or registered your membership for the year please do so without delay via the club website<>. To facilitate payment of membership subscriptions we have provided the facility to pay by two monthly instalments. Please note that the Club cannot automatically renew individual membership and particularly in the case of under-18 members the application has to be approved by a parent or guardian.

St Pats Cúl Camp 2020
This year’s Kellogs GAA Cúl Camps has been given the go ahead and as usual we will be hosting the summer camp which will take place between the 3rd and 7th of August from 10am to 2.30pm every day. The Camp provides boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 13 with action packed and fun-filled week of activities during the summer holidays. Cost is €65 per child with reductions (€60 for second child and €50 for third and fourth child) for additional members of the family. Each child will receive FREE Kellog’s GAA gear and backpack.
Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the online booking is temporarily closed. Details on when to book will be made known on our Facebook page in the coming days.


Congratulations to John Fitzgibbon who will be celebrating a significant birthday this week.

The club would like to extend its sympathy to the families and friends of Conor Cusack The Kerries.

Best Regards,

Dipo Dairo
PRO St Pats Blennerville GAA Club
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