Former Dub star and GPA CEO Paul Flynn quick to outline the basic remit of the association this week

Paul Flynn - GPA Annual Report
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Earlier this week the Gaelic Players Association’s (GPA) CEO Paul Flynn released their annual report for 2019. And the player’s union revealed a very positive balance sheet to the public. The GPA announced a surplus of €88,000 and in total 81% of the union’s net revenue was distributed to player development and welfare programmes.

But in the midst of mixed opinions on the organisation, Paul Flynn took the opportunity to remind people their basic role. The former Dublin star painfully reminded the media of their three P approach; Player Representation, Player Welfare, and Player Development.

“I still don’t believe that people understand what our three pillars are of player representation, player welfare and player development.” Flynn told the media attending the event.

“When I started off playing county I was working on sites plumbing and trying to find a way in life.”

“The GPA was there for me right from the start of my career on the pitch and took me through to places that I didn’t even believe I could go.”

No Negatives for the CEO as he looks to future integrations for women

And when tasked with answering the question, why is the image of the GPA so negative?, Flynn agreed there were critics, but reiterated his initial point.

“I still don’t believe that people understand what our three pillars are of player representation, player welfare and player development. And a good example of that is recently in relation to sanctions around non-compliance with training windows.”

“We aren’t in the sanctions game, our role is under the three Ps.”

“Yes, we have a voice but I do feel there’s a misinterpretation about all the elements of what we do and that’s why we try to take you through our annual report. That’s why we’re keen for you to understand because you can be a vehicle for us to assist others to understand exactly what it is the GPA is here to do.”

In addition, during the briefing, Flynn touched on the GPA’s integration with the Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA), claiming it would be in place by December of this year. The WGPA represents players of Ladies Football and Camogie. And Flynn admitted he thinks “it’s going to be a fantastic outcome once we can complete it.”