UPDATE Mayo GAA Board chairman Liam Moffatt updated clubs and local media on a number of projects and issues last week. Pic: Michael McLaughlin
TWO full-time appointments are set to be made by Mayo GAA in the coming months — an Operations/Finance Manager and a performance GDA, or high performance coach.
County Board chairman Liam Moffatt confirmed to The Mayo News last week that ‘a needs analysis’ by senior Mayo GAA officials in recent months had led them to the conclusion that both were roles that needed to be urgently filled.
Both positions will be financed by Mayo GAA but the recruitment process will be handled by the GAA’s Human Resources department at central level in Croke Park.
“They’re both very important roles,” explained the Crossmolina native. “In terms to the Operations/Finance Manager, there has to be a strategy in light of the changes that Covid has brought, in relation to the running of our teams, the stadium loan repayments, the proposed pitch developments and so on.
“A needs analysis that was carried out by the County Board confirmed what a lot of people would have known already; that there was a need to support the day-to-day administration, that the current workload is far too much for one individual.
“Everyone, including our clubs, realised that workload on our office administrator, Michael Cummins, in particular, was unsustainable. And it’s also unsustainable for volunteers to stay on top of all the aspects of running the Board.
“There’s also a huge burden there in terms of managing the Mayo GAA finances, and volunteers can’t be expected to manage the day-to-day financial demands,” he added.
“It’s unfair to ask any one person to try and do it.”
Moffatt said that a number of counties, including Galway and Armagh, currently employ Operations/Finance Managers who work alongside office administrators and County Board officers.
Meanwhile, the appointment of a new full-time Mayo GAA high performance coach will mean create a role for a person will will be ‘responsible for overseeing the implementation of high performance services’.
“That person will organise, develop, implement and oversee programmes in physical fitness, nutrition and performance analysis,” explained Liam Moffatt.
“That would include areas like clubs, post-primary schools, and our inter-county teams eventually. It’s a huge workload and is going to take a lot of planning,” he added.
“Again that will be going through the HR department in Croke Park, it will be an open process, and there will be future details in due course.”
THE Mayo GAA Convention will be held via an online platform, ‘Microsoft Teams’ on Sunday, December 13. There are a number of positions being contested, including Public Relations Officer and Mayo GAA delegate to the Connacht GAA Council.
For the first time ever, due to Covid-19 restrictions, postal voting will take place to allow Mayo GAA clubs to cast their ballots for the election of officers.
“It’s going to be a very different convention, the first one to be held online, and I’d like to thank all club secretaries and officers who have worked hard to facilitate an online platform,” said Liam Moffatt.