Improved balance between club and county fixtures and a redefined commitment to amateur status are among the key aims announced today in the GAA's strategic plan for 2018-2021.

A 14-member steering committee, which included GAA president John Horan, former and current Ard-Stiúrthóirs Paraic Duffy and Tom Ryan, and Waterford hurler Noel Connors, came up with objectives around five key areas: 

  • Improving opportunities for participating in Gaelic games
  • Developing volunteers and administrators
  • More efficient governance and administration 
  • Better communication to members and followers
  • Protecting and grow the Association

On the hot topic of club versus county, the report promises the introduction of a yet to be defined policy that it hopes will result in "improved availability of inter-county players to their clubs during competition seasons".

It also aspires to assist inter-county players in achieving more balance between their playing, personal and professional lives.

Horan identified payments to managers as one of his key concerns following his election in February, and the report suggests that amateurism should be defined "in a GAA context in the modern era".

It proposes that "behaviours and practices that are acceptable/not acceptable in line with our amateur status" be specified and an awareness campaign be carried out to "re-affirm amateur status as a core value of the Association".

The report also advocates the promotion of recreational games such as 'pella', indoor 5/7-a-side forms of Gaelic football and hurling, as a means of encouraging "adults and lapsed members" to play again.

Other aspirations include job skills training for county and club officers, higher mandatory coaching standards, increased recruitment and retention of referees and closer integration with the Camogie and Ladies Football Associations.

Read the plan in full here