Cul Camps 2020
29th June 2020
An Coiste Bainisti met, via video conference, on Friday the 26th June (the 106th day of the GAA Covid-19 lockdown) to consider the running of Cul Camps in during July and August 2020.
Cul Camps are a major event in the GAA calendar for our young people with approx. 2000 children attending Antrim camps annually. The uncertainty over the last 106 days and, at one stage, the prospect of having no GAA activities for the remainder of 2020 have hindered the planning processes required to stage Cul Camps.
Thankfully the position around GAA activity has changed greatly over the last few week and our clubs now look forward to playing our games again for the remainder of this year.
Currently we have:
- No office base to work from as St Marys University has been closed since the 20th March
- No access to the storage required to receive Cul Camp gear for future delivery to clubs
- All our coaching staff are on Furlough
- We have to work within the existing Covid -19 restrictions ( i.e. no access the GAA buildings until the 10th August)
An Coiste Bainisti also sought to get the opinions of several clubs as to their willingness or not to host / run Cul Camps which also assisted their decision-making process. The majority of clubs canvased were not in favour of hosting camps.
Based on all of the above the decision of Coiste Bainisti is that Antrim GAA will not be hosting Cul Camps during July & August 2020. We know this will be a major disappointment to our younger players but we feel that in the best interests of all our members and the local communities in which our clubs operate it’s the only decision to take at the present time.