GAA bosses have take the decision to ban clubs from running potentially lucrative scrap collections on insurance grounds.
‘Scrap Saturday’ collections had been very popular as a means of fundraising for clubs throughout Ireland.
The car boot sale type gatherings involved people from the local community depositing unwanted items in the club, which then sold them on at a profit.
One midlands club is understood to have made €20,000 for their collection within the last couple of weeks. The extra monies gained proved invaluable to many clubs who struggling for finance in the current climate.
However, a letter from GAA headquarters has been distributed to all clubs stressing that such collections could not be permitted because of insurance issues.
“The Insurance Work Group have been advised that units are engaging in collection of scrap metal (household and other waste) as a fundraising activity,” the letter stated.
“This activity is not covered by the association’s liability insurance coverage. In addition, GAA/association properties should not be used under any circumstance for the collection or storage of such material.”