Players urged to take out their own insurance

GAA players should seriously consider taking out their own private insurance. That was the message to delegates at this week’s county board meeting following a query from Kilglass Gaels delegate Charlie Reynolds who asked what was the position with claims – as their club had three players who had suffered cruciate ligament injuries in recent months.    ‘In one case the bill has gone to €7,000 and we want to know what’s the story with extra payments because the maximum pay-out is €5,000 under the GAA scheme’ he said.    Chairperson Michael McGuire told the meeting that the injury scheme that clubs paid into was just that –  a scheme – and not an insurance scheme. ‘I realise the problem that Kilglass have but they are really strict in the limit of €5,000. We can make a case to them but I would not be hopeful’ he said.   Mick Rock said that although he was not an expert in the field, he understood that one year recently the scheme took in €6 million but that €9 million was paid out. You don’t have to be a mathematical genius to work out that it just wasn’t paying’ he said.   Sean Collins (Strokestown) said that he would urge players to take out their own insurance. ‘It doesn’t cost a lot and it is vital that they take out their own cover if they can’ he said.