GAA move ahead with Cúl Camps though many Cork clubs have already opted out

GAA move ahead with Cúl Camps though many Cork clubs have already opted out
Coach Kate Obersby seen giving the U7s group a few tips on controlling a sliotar during the Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camp in Midleton last summer. Picture: Howard Crowdy

THE GAA has given the go-ahead to the Kellogg's Cúl Camps this summer from July 20, though a huge portion of Cork clubs have already cancelled theirs for 2020.

Midleton were the latest club to announce on social media that they wouldn't go proceeding with the Cúl Camp due to the restrictions around staying safe in a post-Covid sporting landscape. 

The Cork Ladies Football executive committee have also called off their summer camps for the same reason.

Cork minor ladies football captain Moira Barrett, with U12 and U14 players at the Kilmee/Kilbree Cúl camp in 2018.

These announcements arrived the day the GAA issued an official statement on the 2020 Cúl Camps. While in many counties their county boards run the week of training, on Leeside because of volume, clubs control their own camps.

Details on the Cúl Camps going ahead and booking will be available from next Monday, with places limited, while parents also have the option to just purchase the gear. Refunds will be offered via Croke Park for those who had pre-booked before Covid-19.

This year's Ballincollig Cúl Camp has been called off. Kaden Coomey, right, hurling with Cal McCarthy. Picture: Denis Minihane.
This year's Ballincollig Cúl Camp has been called off. Kaden Coomey, right, hurling with Cal McCarthy. Picture: Denis Minihane.

The GAA are broadcasting a new Cúl Camp show on TG4 from June 29 to July 17, which will run from 10.25am to 11am from Monday to Friday, and feature special guests including Cork dual legend Rena Buckley. 

It will also be available on TG4 Player and repeated each weekday at 5pm.

The GAA statement explained:

"Recent developments with the Government and GAA roadmaps, and extensive planning relating to health and safety, mean details for this year’s camps can now be confirmed. In line with the Safe Return to Gaelic Games Document, children will be welcomed back to club venues around the country from July 20.

"A list of all venues will be confirmed on the cúl camp website https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/ on June 22 when bookings reopen. Prices are as follows; First child €65/£55; Second child €60/£50; Third+ children €50/£45.

"The Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps kit is a huge part of our camps with mass appeal among primary school children all around the country and beyond. Given current circumstances, camps schedules may be reduced in certain counties which has prompted the GAA to pursue the option of making kit available for sale for children who may not get the option to participate in the 2020 camp programme. 

"Kit will be available for sale online at https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/

"For the over 4,000 people who had pre-registered for 2020 camps, they have been contacted with three options; 1) a full refund 2) a delivery of kit and a refund of the remaining amount or 3) priority for a place on one of our re-scheduled camps.

"To allow for all health and safety measures, capacity at certain camp locations and venues may be reduced this year and in some instances, demand for places will outstrip availability. Early booking is strongly advised.

"Since 2006, 1,389,539 children have participated in the Cúl Camps programme including over 156,000 children and nearly 6,000 coaches in 2019. We are committed to providing children with the opportunity to play Gaelic games this summer and look forward to a new season of both broadcast and live Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps.

GAA President John Horan welcomed confirmation of details.

“I am delighted that we are in a position to confirm plans around arrangements for our 2020 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps and acknowledge all of the work that has taken place in recent weeks in an effort to get us to this point.

“2020 has been a very challenging year for everyone and we have had to revisit what are the most successful underage camps run by any organisation, anywhere.

“We were determined to run the camps this year and while they have to be organised differently, I hope the essence of what they represent will still shine through.

“I’d also like to acknowledge the support of long-term partners Kelloggs for their ongoing support and also TG4, who will play a central role in the first phase.” 

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