National Student Bursaries Scheme 2017/2018

National Student Bursaries Scheme 2017/2018

The GAA have again reiterated their commitment to the ongoing educational development of its players and members by announcing details of the 2017/2018 GAA National Student Bursary scheme. Now in its eleventh year, the scheme is open to members of the Association who are attending a full-time Higher Education course (except those who hold another GAA-related or college scholarship/bursary) and who are active participants in their Higher Education club; to date the GAA has invested over €2million in the past decade that the Bursary Schemes have been in existence.

The schemes are administered by the respective Provincial Councils and recipients will again be selected based on a range of criteria, including their playing, coaching or administrative commitments to the GAA. A number of awards in each province will be reserved for those excelling in the areas of coaching and administration.

Applications for the scheme will be considered by a sub-committee in each province; each bursary granted will be for €750 in Munster, Leinster and Connacht (Ulster Amount TBC).

Further information and application forms for this year’s scheme are available to download from, the various GAA Provincial Council websites (see below) and offices and from the Higher Education Colleges website Students should apply using the relevant application form to the Provincial Council of their home GAA Club.

All completed forms should be returned to the relevant Provincial Council and the closing dates for applications is Friday October 6th.

Senior Inter-County players who were on their County’s Senior Panel in 2017 should apply for Bursaries via the Gaelic Players Association; further information at

Munster GAA Third Level Student Bursaries Scheme – Terms and Conditions

The GAA’s schemes are allocated by its four Provincial Councils. Some elements of the Bursary scheme are common across the four provinces; other elements are left to their discretion. Broadly speaking the following is a summary of the various elements of the Bursary schemes as they will operate in 2017/2018 –

a) Payment is made in two instalments of €375 (Munster, Connacht and Leinster) and one payment of €750 (£tbc) Ulster.
b) The application is open to members of the Association (be they male or female) who are attending a full-time Higher Education course and who are active participants in their Higher Education GAA Club
(i) those who are in their first year of 3rd level education are not eligible for the Bursaries distributed by the Ulster Council
(ii) in some provinces application is restricted to undergraduates only)
c) A general condition of receiving a Bursary should be the demonstration of a number of volunteer hours commitment to the College GAA Club. The conditions governing this are at the discretion of each province.
d) Those who hold another GAA related or college scholarship/bursary are not eligible. To ensure this:
• The Application Form for 2017/2018 includes a section that must be signed/stamped by the college registrar, confirming that a given student is not in receipt of a Bursary from that college.
• The GPA will provide each province with a list of its 2017 members on request to allow for cross-referencing on eligibility
• Provinces to supply list of recipients to Central Council once decided for sharing with GPA as appropriate and in order to draw down GAA allocation.
e) As the Camogie Association currently run a Bursary scheme, it is a matter for each province to decide if they wish to consider applications for Camogie players or refer them to the Camogie scheme
f) A set number of awards in each province will be granted to students who have shown a positive contribution in the areas of coaching or administration. This should be in the region of 20% but final figure is at the discretion of each province
g) Bursaries may be awarded in successive years; to a maximum of 2 years in total.
h) Elements of the Application form is standard across the four provinces but the criteria used to assess each application and the make up of the committee in each province is at the provinces discretion.
i) It is at the discretion of each province in a general context as to whether they want to award bursaries to students from their province studying in a college in a different province or not. However, if a Province does not cater for individuals in such circumstances, a small quota of awards should be set aside to ensure such cases are not excluded from applying.
j) As a general best practice approach, each Provincial Council should draw up and edit annually a terms and conditions document outlining how the allocation of bursaries will work in their jurisdiction which must be made available to Croke Park on request.
k) Senior Inter-County players who are GPA members should be dealt with under the GPA’s scheme only.
a. If senior Inter-County players are unsure if they should apply under the provincial or GPA schemes, they should contact the GPA directly to establish their eligibility.
b. As per (d) above, the GPA will provide each Province with a list of the players eligible for their schemes on an annual basis.
l) Ard Chomhairle funding to each province for Bursaries is based on the commitment of the individual provinces; where the same financial commitment as in previous years is made by the provinces, Ard Chomhairle funding will be as follows:
• Leinster €30,000
• Munster €24,000
• Ulster €15,000
• Connacht €12,000
• Britain €5,000

Download 2017 / 2018 Munster GAA Bursary Form

Any queries contact your Third Level GAA Development Officer OR Munster Games Managers:
Pat O’Shea (087–6157317) or Joey Carton (087–9215541)


Clash, Tralee, Co. Kerry

(M) 086 4014295 (E)


C.I.T., Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork

(P) 021-4545343 (E)


U.C.C., The Mardyke Arena, Mardyke, Cork

(P) 021-4276871 (Ext. 2738) (E)


W.I.T., Cork Rd, Waterford

(P) 051-302239 (E)


Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Rd, Limerick

(P) 061-774705 (E)


Room PG-001, PESS Building, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick

(P) 061-202854 (E)


L.I.T., Moylish, Limerick

(P) 061-208203 (E)


Nenagh Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary



Thurles, Co. Tipperary

(M) 086-2425425 (E)

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Munster GAA – Where does the money go?

In 2016, the Munster Council had an income of €6,645,000, of which €2,800,000 came from Croke Park, with the remaining €3,845,000 self-generated through gate receipts, match programme sales etc.

The list below sets out expenditure of €5,586,000 on various grants and allocations to counties as well as the normal expenses associated with holding games, printing match programmes and so on. This expenditure accounts for 84% of all income. After all distributions were made, a surplus of €127,000, or 2% of income was recorded.

  • €2,009,000: Games Development: This assists with the promotion and development of the games in the province, including assisting with the employment of 42 full time coaching staff in the province, including 8 coaching staff in Munster’s 3rd level institutions. It also includes payments to the counties in the Hurley and Helmet Subsidy, County Cúl Camp allocations, County Academy grants, Coach Education grants and so on.
  • €990,000: Club Development Grants: This scheme supports the development of facilities in clubs and schools across the province. Last year, 110 clubs benefited from this scheme.
  • €571,000: Matchday Costs: These are the costs associated with holding game, including the cost of policing, stewarding, ticket sales, medical cover, catering etc.
  • €447,000: Rent of stadia: 15% of the gross gate for each games is paid directly to the stadium hosting the game, which assist them with the running costs associated with a county ground, such as insurance, pitch maintenance etc.
  • €316,000: Team Expenses: This is the amount paid to teams competing in games organised by the Munster Council and competing in the Senior All Ireland finals. These payments help to meet the cost of transport, food etc.
  • €219,000: Grants to Kindred Bodies: These are grants paid to those organisations promoting Gaelic Games in primary schools, post primary schools and third level colleges and also assists with the organisation of events such as the Primary Game.
  • €184,000: Central Council Ticket Sales: This is the amount paid to Central Council for ticket sales handled by the Munster Council.
  • €182,000: Player Injury Fund: 6% of the gross gate for each game is paid directly to the GAA Player Injury Fund, which assists in with the treatment cost associated with injuries.
  • €153,000: County Facilities: This is the amount paid to County Boards in capital grants to support the development of county facilities, such as Centres of Excellence and so on.
  • €113,000: Match Day Student/OAP Concessions: This is the amount Students and OAP’s receive back on the cost of their match day ticket, usually €5 or €10 per ticket.
  • €102,000: Match Programme Allocations: Once costs of production are taken out, the remaining amount from Match day income is divided amongst the competing counties.
  • €98,000: Scholarships: Amounts paid to students in 3rd level scholarships and to Post Primary Students attending Gaeltacht Colleges.
  • €95,000: Match Programme Production: This is the cost of producing Match day programmes, including printing, distribution etc.
  • €80,000: Other Grants: Amounts paid to counties through various other grant categories. For example, Clare and Waterford receive €30,000 as a payment in lieu of hosting of major championship games.
  • €28,000: Medals and Trophies: Amount spent on medals for winning teams.

  • New Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Web Site

    Munster GAA PPS web site launched

    Munster GAA Post Primary Schools have today launched a new web site.

    With the Dr. Harty Cup beginning this Wednesday followed by the Corn Ui Mhuiri next week, the new site at is another step along the road in our pursuit to make Post-Primary Schools GAA activities accessible to a wide audience both in schools and in the general public.

    The new web site includes all fixtures & results, match reports, photos, school contact details, an extensive roll of honour section and integration with our popular @munsterpps Twitter account.

    All feedback is welcome and can be sent to

    Visit the Munster GAA PPS Web Site –

    Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study 2015

    Munster Council GAA commissioned W2 Consulting to undertake an analysis on the return on coaching investment across the province. The review of 2015 coaching investment is a follow up study to the research undertaken in 2011.

    Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study 2015 – PDF file

    Return on Coaching Investment

  • €26.3 million = total value of coaching (increase of 33% on 2011).
  • €1.72 investment by Croke Park / Munster GAA.
  • €15.27 = return on every €1 invested (increase of 27% on 2011).
  • €4.163m = value of coaching generated in Primary and Secondary Schools

  • Activity

  • 2.25 million hours of GAA underage activity (increase of 16.5% on 2011).
  • 2,854 weekly underage training sessions held across Munster.
  • 674,840 player contact hours in Primary and Secondary Schools.
  • 84,355 participants in Munster Schools Programmes.
  • 1.48 million = the number of payer hours generated in Primary and Secondary Schools.
  • 32,544 participants on 373 Cúl Camps in Munster (increase of 22% on 2011). 32% of total National figure.

    Social Benefits

  • Health Benefits and Social Skills are the two most important benefits of children’s GAA involvement according to parents.
  • €9.15 return for parents on every €1 spent on underage GAA membership.
  • €3,542.96 is the lifetime value a GAA player receives from underage GAA activity.
  • €6.17 is the value parents place on one hours GAA training.
  • €4.84 is the value underage players (14 to minor) place on one hour of GAA activity.

    Additional Points

  • 79 Coach Education Tutors in Munster.
  • 10,849 coaches and mentors involved with clubs.
  • 826 Primary and Secondary Schools receiving Go Games Coaching programmes.
  • 46% of clubs with growing playing numbers.
  • Over 46% of clubs experience above average difficulty attracting mentors.

    The report can be downloaded via the link below.

    Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study 2015 – PDF file

    Reproduction of any of the data or information contained within the report must acknowledge Munster Council GAA as the originators of the report

    See below a link to the first survey commissioned by Munster GAA on Munster GAA Return on Coaching Investment back in 2011.

    2011 Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study

  • Munster Hurling Academy Coaches Conference 2016

    A Munster Hurling Academy Coaches Conference took place in LIT Tipperary Thurles Campus on Saturday 13th February 2016.

    The speakers on the day included Damien Young (Lecturer in LIT Tipperary), Paddy O’Brien (Physio, Tipperary Senior Hurlers), Eoin Kelly (former Tipperary GAA Hurler), Ger Ryan (Chairman Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee) and Paul Kinnerk (Trainer, Clare Senior Hurlers).

    View the videos of each of the speakers below.

    Damien Young (Lecturer in LIT Tipperary) discusses Decision Making in Hurling

    Paddy O’Brien (Physio, Tipperary Senior Hurlers) discusses Managing Players from an Injury Prevention perspective

    Questions and Answers session involving Former Tipperary hurler Eoin Kelly moderated by Ger Ryan

    Ger Ryan (Chairman Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee) discusses Concussion Protocol

    Paul Kinnerk (Trainer, Clare Senior Hurlers) discusses A Games Centred Approach Developing Decision Makers



    Gaelic Games Coaching Planner

    The Coaching Planner link below is designed to help you plan a hurling or football coaching session. It is intended for use by Award 1 and Foundation Award Coaches.

    Open a game/drill page and copy and paste the games or drills that you want to us into a Session Planner Form. Use 1 or more session planner forms for your session. You can save your forms on your own computer and print them as an aid in your coaching session.

    Coaching Planner – click here for details

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