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Exclusions on Club Insurance

A chara,

Can you send a reminder to your clubs in relation to the exclusions under the GAA Liability Covers. The Business description of the GAA is a Gaelic Sports and Cultural Organisation.

In particular I ask that clubs are reminded that there is a complete exclusion in respect of Scrap Metal Collections on GAA Property and / or as a GAA Activity. There is also a complete exclusion in relation to the use of Inflatables or of any Hired amusement on GAA property and/ or at GAA events. This is regardless of the Insurance status of any Third Party Provider.

In the event that a club organises an activity that is excluded under the policy no indemnity will be provided to the GAA Unit. There are currently 4 claims for personal injury being pursued against individual units of the Association which occurred at events which were excluded. The current reserves on these claims range from €40,000 to €65,000 and there is no insurance indemnity available to these GAA Units. This means that the GAA unit involved will have to bear the entire cost of the defence of these claims and any award made from their own funds.

In addition units who have held Scrap Metal events have been fined by the Environmental Protection Agency as a result of pollution to lands and rivers caused by the storage of such items on GAA property. The fines and any legal fees incurred were also borne by the individual GAA unit.

Many thanks,

Sinead

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Player Insurance Requirements

Player Insurance Scheme
The Player Injury Scheme is not an insurance policy but rather a benefit scheme where a pool of funds maintained from registration fees is used to pay claims that result from GAA injuries.

All registered members of the GAA are members of the Scheme. Please make sure you are registered for the relevant calendar year.

Please find attached a copy of the current claim form, policy brochure and guidelines on submitting a claim.

You will notice that these documents are dated 2010 however the only change since 2010 is that youth footballers must wear a gum shield since 2013 and all footballers must wear a gum shield from 2014 onwards and permanent partial disability has been removed from the Scheme.

The main changes between the 2009 Scheme and the current Scheme are:

Willis must receive at least the first 2 pages of the claim form into their offices within 60 days of the date of injury. Otherwise the claim will be automatically declined. Claim forms can be posted, emailed or faxed. The notification process will be online shortly.

The excess on the Scheme is now € 100.00.

The maximum amount claimable for medical expenses is € 4,500.00.

A referees report is required if the injury occurred during an official match.

A club letter is required if the injury occurred during club/county training or a challenge match.

There is no cover for pre-operative physiotherapy. The only physiotherapy expenses that may be claimed are for treatments that are post-operative i.e. after a surgical procedure. They are then limited to € 320.00 in total. A doctors letter will be required referring the claimant for physiotherapy treatments. In the absence of surgery there is no cover for physiotherapy. While the brochure does not define surgery it can be taken as ….. Treatment administered by a surgeon by the act of incision on an anaesthetised patient (whether conscious or unconscious) to investigate and/or treat a condition to help improve bodily function that has been damaged or injured as a result of GAA activity. This does not include treatments using a local anaesthetic for injections or manipulation used in treating dislocations.

MRI scans can be claimed maxed at € 300.00 per scan. However there are a number of medical centres offering MRI’s for below this price. You do not require a doctor to refer you for an MRI, for the purposes of the Scheme.

If the claimant has private health insurance (VHI, Laya, Aviva, etc) then they must claim from them first. The GAA Scheme is NOT an insurance scheme. It is a benefit scheme for the purpose of giving an injured player a “dig out” if they have no other recourse for their medical expenses. Payments from the Scheme come directly from GAA funds, there is no insurer involved with the Scheme. Willis act as claims assessors and administrators ONLY.

Any treatment being claimed must have been paid prior to claiming with the Scheme. This does not mean that you must wait for your treatment to be completed before submitting a claim. It means the Scheme will only assess receipts and not invoices or unpaid bills.

Loss of wages can be claimed for up to 52 weeks provided the claimant is declared medically unfit to work by doctor/consultant or surgeon. The claimant must be in full-time employment (16 hours or more per week) at the time of the injury.

The excess for a loss of wages claim is the first week.

Payment is calculated by taking the claimants average weekly net wage minus social welfare payment (illness benefit which the claimant must make a claim for and provide written evidence from his local social welfare office stating how much he is receiving or why he is not entitled to receive any payment) or sick pay entitlements from his employer etc.

The Scheme then follows the below limits on the remainder:

Week 1 – excess (no payment)
Week 2 – 4 up to € 200.00
Week 5- 52 up to € 400.00
A claimant can claim for a stay in hospital provided they are an in-patient for a minimum of 10 consecutive days and they can claim for a maximum of 15 days. € 400.00 per day is claimable. This is separate to any hospital charges as these can be claimed under medical expenses.

There is also provisions made under the Scheme in the unfortunate event that a player should suffer death while involved in GAA activity. Such cases will be dealt with individually.

 

 

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GOLF CLASSIC FRIDAY 18th JULY

ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC ON FRIDAY 18th JULY 2014 in CASTLECOMER GOLF CLUB

TEAM OF 3 – €120 incl food.

Ring or text DEIRDRE for TIMESHEET on 086 2387140

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March 2014 – Newsletter

The middle of March saw the staging by Erin’s Own GAA Club of their 5th annual Fantasy Cheltenham. This novel fundraiser is now known and played the length and breath of Ireland and around the world by players on line. With associated clubs, charities and other organisations all over Ireland benefitting from the venture everyone was a winner even if some of their horses didn’t come in. With close on a six figure sum turned over the big prize money from a total prize fund of €10,000 euro went to Graiguenamanagh GAA club where they had the 1st and 2nd placed players overall with one of their players playing the game from Western Australia.
The popularity of Fantasy Cheltenham has placed Erin’s Own GAA at the top of novel fundraisers that clubs wish to be involved in. With over forty participating clubs including many neighbouring clubs this is indeed a fantastic and fun way for any organisation to raise much needed funds to run their clubs.
A very hard working committee of less than ten excellent club members of Erin’s Own GAA had been meeting for months leading up to the festival. Groups of lads headed all over the countryside selling and promoting the game to interested clubs with some great stories and connections with clubs all over Ireland.
When the flag fell on the first days racing in excess of 5,000 players had signed up to play Fantasy Cheltenham 2014. And the chance to win €10,000.00 over the four days if Cheltenham.
Probably the best decision the committee made in the last few years was to move the call centre to the new Enterprise Centre on the Kilkenny road and this proved to be a master stroke. With up to 25 club volunteers per day on duty, the comfort of the premises, computer network services available and canteen facilities available made this the ideal location to run this event from. A special word of thanks to Mr. Martin Carroll, the enterprise centre manager whose help and co-operation was of the highest order all week.
Fantasy Cheltenham 2014 was an outstanding success on every level and generated a substantial five figure sum for Erin’s Own Gaa and the community of Castlecomer as all the money raised from this fundraiser will go directly to the new development at our club grounds in Ballycomey which is well under way. This development includes new dressing rooms, Showers, Public toilets, first aid rooms, Machinery Sheds, Stores, Ball Wall and an extensive Gymnasium which we hope will be opened up to the whole community. When completed this will add significantly to the present facilities that the club enjoys. A special word of thanks to all the parents of our juvenile members who gave up their time to help run the call centre during week, the students from Castlecomer Community School TY year and especially the management group who run Fantasy Cheltenham so professionally. Please take a bow.
Plans will shortly be put in place for Fantasy Cheltenham 2015, so until then thanks to all our members and supporters who got involved in selling or playing the game. Well done to all.

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Putting players first – coaching conference

Monday 31st march at 7.30pm. For all club and school coaches. One of the guest speakers is Martin Fogarty.

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Fantasy Cheltenham 2014

Last weekend saw the staging of another very successful 5th Annual   Fantasy Cheltenham run by Erin s Own GAA club. This novel fundraiser is now known and played the length and breath of Ireland by participating Clubs, organisations and charities. It’s popularity has placed Erins Own GAA at the very top of novel fundraisers that clubs wish to be involved in. With participants from twenty counties around Ireland and up to fifteen neighbouring clubs this is indeed a great fun way for clubs to generate much needed income to run their clubs and organisations.

This hardworking committee have been meeting for many months leading up to the festival. Groups of club volunteers headed all over the Country selling and promoting the idea to interested clubs. When the flag fell on the first days racing last Tuesday, in excess of 5,000 people had signed up to play Fantasy Cheltenham 2014 and the chance to win 10,000 euro over the four days of Cheltenham. One of major positive decisions the committee made was to move our call centre to the Enterprise Centre and this proved to be a masterstroke. With up to twenty five volunteers per day on duty on behalf of our club, the comfort of the premises, computer network services available and canteen facilities etc made this the ideal location to run this event from.

A special word of thanks to Mr. Martin Carroll, The centre Manager whose help all week was of the highest order and contributed to the success of the event. Fantasy Cheltenham 2014  was an outstanding success on every level and generated a substantial sum for our club and the new development of new Dressing Rooms, Showers, Public Toilets, Machinery Shed, Ball Wall and extensive Gym that has now commenced in Ballycomey. When completed this will add significantly to the present facilities that the club enjoys. A special word of thanks to all the parents of our juvenile members who gave up their time to help run the centre during the week, students from Castlecomer Community School for their efforts and the Management group who run Fantasy Cheltenham. Plans will shortly be put in place for Fantasy Cheltenham 2015 and until then thanks to all our own members who also bought and played the game.

Well done to all.

 

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Membership

Membership of Erin’s Own is now due. Payment can be made to Tommy Brennan, Joe Coogan, Fr. Liam Shore, Billy Moran, Margaret Dillon or any committeee member

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FANTASY CHELTENHAM 2014

Our main development fundraiser was launched this weekend. The Fantasy Cheltenham competition is now up and running and we are appealing to all members, parents and their families to get behind it. The website www.fantasycheltenham.ie is being updated this week and will contain the 2014 brochure. Get in contact with all clubs where possible to come on board in this joint club fundraiser.

email; info@fantasycheltenham.ie

phone; 087-2299555

website; www.fantasycheltenham.ie.

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New Gear – Sat 21st Ballycomey

The new gear recently ordered will be distributed to all in Ballycomey between 12noon and 1pm SHARP on Sat 21st December.

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LOTTO PAYS OUT OVER €42,000 in 2013

The club lotto so far this year has handed out over €42,000 in prizemoney. All of the money won locally and into the community. It continues to be the backbone for Erin’s Own finances to keep the club going On a day to day basis.

A huge thanks must go to the Lotto committee for their hard work every week and to everyone who put their hands in their pockets to buy the tickets. One thing we will guarantee is that there will be winners – every week, and as was the case this year, some big winners too!

 

tickets can be purchased at several local outlets and through regular sellers and members. We also have an option for direct debit ( Contact Helen McMahon 087 664 5022)

It’s your lotto – BE IN TO WIN

 

 

 

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