The Munster GAA Council recently conducted a very interesting research study on the value of coaching in the province.
Almost 50% of the 531 clubs in Munster responded. It has generated a lot of interest as this is the first time a report of this kind was conducted by any of the major sporting bodies in Ireland.
Some of the findings of interest are as follows:
1) On average parents are receiving a €7.54 return for every euro spent on club membership based on the benefits their children receive.
2) The value parents associate with a GAA season of training and playing activity is €160 for Under 8 players, €182 for Under 12 and Under 14 players, €294 for Under 14 and Under 16 players and €245 for a minor player.
3) GAA coaching activity in schools accounts for 46,000 hours of physical activity. This is the equivalent of employing 62 PE teachers to deliver the equivalent exercise output which would cost the state €2.2 million.
4) Over a third of clubs in the province have experienced a decline in playing numbers while 30.6% have enjoyed growth in the membership numbers. Over 35% of clubs have retained the same playing numbers over the past three years. The main influencing factor seems to be where the club is located, rural or urban. Please see the Munster GAA website, www.munster.gaa.ie for the full report.