GAA CLUBS remain hopeful of being able to stage their Cúl Camps this summer.
Senior GAA officials have met with the Covid-19 Advisory Group this week.
Picture: Donegal midfielder Hugh McFadden with a group at a Cúl Camp in Convoy last summer.
The Cúl Camps cater for children between the ages of six and 13 and are a popular activity in clubs across Ireland each summer.
GAA Director General Tom Ryan said the Association was ‘hopeful’ of the camps proceeding.
“It is only fair to say we are working on contingency plans around it as we are in an uncertain environment,” he told RTÉ.
“We can’t guarantee that they are going to happen, but if you saw the sheer amount of energy and work that people are putting in to give us a chance of staging them, it’s humbling and really impressive.
“If the authorities can tell us it is safe to go ahead with them, we will do it. The Cúl Camps are a huge element of everyone’s summer and it would be lovely to think we could get them undertaken.”
From June 8, when phase two of the reopening plans will begin, GAA clubs will be able to open walking tracks around their facilities.
Mr Ryan said: “GAA clubs are part of communities all around the country, so in almost every case they are more than just football and hurling pitches.
“The committee rooms are used by all manner of organisations and friends of the association.
“That group is going to set out for us a road map in terms of how we get back up and running, when the time is right and the environment is correct.”