Injury Fund and Registration
Just a reminder to all clubs that all Players must be a registered playing member on Foireann for the playing year on the 1st of January. If they are not registered, then there is no benefit in place in the event of an injury. No registration – no training or play for players as any injuries are not covered and this could have a risk implication on the Club.
GAA membership year runs from January 1 – December 31. The GAA Injury Benefit Fund cover year runs from June 1 2023 – May 31 2024. They are two separate items and two separate years.
Any player registered for 2023 in that the player was registered on Foireann as a registered playing member, was only covered under the Fund until December 31 2023. To be covered from January 2024, the player must be a registered playing member on Foireann for 2024. If a player gets injured in February 2024, he must be a registered playing member for 2024 in order to be covered.
The registration was changed from the original 31st of March to the 1st of April dates to 1st of January to the 31st in 2016 where it was voted in at Congress to be changed. That meant that from the 1st of January 2017 registration was required in order for players to be covered under the Injury fund and to allow for voting rights in the Club for members. All the documentation that are sent out to the clubs in relation to the player injury fund includes this information on the ‘Who is covered under the GAA Injury Benefit Fund?’ page and I will re-email all club secretaries for your information.
The Clubs have until August to pay the Injury fund fees. The Injury fund scheme was given an extension of cover in 2020 because of Covid and that changed that scheme renewal date but did not alter anything to do with Club registration.
If a competition is carried on to the next year the players need to be registered for both years to be covered under the scheme. For example, if the senior team start their season in 2023 but their last match of the same competition is in 2024 all players involved must be registered for the 2023 and 2024 injury fund.
Is mise le meas,
Regina O’ Donnell.
Insurance Officer for Mayo GAA.
Tel: 087 2951 007