strong textSome of these clubs are taking from 10 to 12 schools so there is an obvious need for new clubs in the area. I was talking to a parent from Crokes a number of weeks ago and he was telling me that they played a blitz for u8 or u9s against another club possibly boden or Culala and that they each had 120 hurlers at that age group. While that to me is brilliant to have so many kids playing it just struck me that the amount of kids they will probably lose in the future due to the expansion of the club and possibly the loss of a community fee. You will have children who are probably good enough not getting a chance to play on the best team.
Dividing big clubs into 2
Dividing clubs into two and sharing the same facilities…so for example if Crokes was split from say stillorgan village and boden from the knocklyon road with kids from either side of these splits playing with different clubs. The facilities would need to be shared but I am sure there is enough people in these clubs with enough brains to make things work. The benefits for kids and Dublin would be more kids being exposed to a higher level of gaa and the clubs having more of a community feel to them.
County board boundaries
Try to introduce a sort of boundary so that each club has enough feeder schools to compete. Some clubs may have 12 other clubs have 1 that doesn’t make any sense to me.
Bigger clubs supporting the smaller clubs
If there was better communication some of the super clubs who have huge number could organise with smaller nearby clubs who are struggling for number to transfer players who are in close proximity to the smaller clubs.
Formation on new clubs
Much harder to do in the present climate without the land. Obviously though this is the ideal situation.
Any other possibilities?