GAA Rounders has announced a new three-year strategy for the development of the game ,at a launch attended by GAA President Liam Ó Néill and Rounders President Joe O’Donoghue at Croke Park.
The new plan aims to bolster the playing numbers and teams of a code that is as old as the GAA itself as part of the Association’s wider plans to integrate all GAA codes under the same umbrella.
The Rounders plan follows the lead of the GAA at central level and a large number of its units in devising a strategy to grow the game between now and 2016.
Over that period the strategy aims to increase playing numbers from 600 to 2,000, clubs from 21 to 35 and schools from 100 to 250.
The plan also proposes changes to Structures and Administration, Finance and Fundraising, Communication and PR, Club and Coaching Development in addition to clearly defined implementation and review processes.
Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Liam Ó Néill said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to provide a boost to the great game of Rounders and I congratulate everyone who has been involved in bringing the project to this stage.
“However today is the real start as opposed to the end of this initiative. I have said consistently since the start of my tenure that the future for our games lies in broadening their appeal to all members of the family and there is no better code to facilitate this than Rounders. Everyone can play this game.
“We are working hard to bring all of our codes closer together and this plan will help us deliver that goal. I wish everyone involved in the roll out of this strategy every success.”
Joe O’Donoghue, Uachtarán Comhairle Cluiche Corr na hÉireann added: “Today is a hugely significant day for our game.
“This plan clearly sets out what we hope to achieve by outlining achievable goals in a 36 month time-frame. I would like to thank Liam and the GAA as a whole and also Martin Skelly, who has represented the Association over the course of the process.
“I would also like to acknowledge everyone who works on behalf of Rounders and I look forward to the challenge of enticing more people to get involved in our game, safeguarding and expanding its presence as one of the proud codes of the wider GAA family.”