At a time when the GAA is set to further tweak its underage grades, the three Gaelic Games associations will survey young players to better understand their experiences.
Players in the 13-19 age cohort are being asked to take part in the nationwide survey across all codes with parents/guardians asked to help children complete questionnaires and provide essential feedback.
The research model is another example of the GAA combining forces with the Camoagie and LGFA bodies and comes at a time when much focus is being placed on development squads, academies and under-17,18,19 and 20 age categories.
According to the GAA's Strategy, Insights, and Innovation Manager, Dr Peter Horgan, the survey will capture both the positives and challenges experienced by young people who play the various codes.
Horgan previously launched a study of coaching in Gaelic games and this latest programme is an obvious follow on.
The survey will also provide a window into the players' future in Gaelic Games, while it is the first time that all the associations have collaborated on such a project for players.
"The GAA, LGFA, and Camogie associations are aware of the benefits of sporting participation, where participation in sport, particularly in team settings, confers many benefits including enhanced self-esteem, positive social development, fewer depressive symptoms, and increased likelihood of meeting physical activity guidelines," said Horgan.
"At the same time, not all young people experience sport positively and attrition from sport can be high across adolescence. So we’re keen that young people tell us what they like or dislike about their involvement.
"Young people are also very engaged in sport and can be involved in multiple sports at the same time. So, we’re interested in learning about how much sport they play, both in Gaelic games and any other sporting interests that they might have.
The research survey is part-funded by Sport Ireland and Healthy Ireland and Horgan hopes that his committee can unveil their final report by the end of the year.