OVER €63,000 was spent on the Offaly Senior Hurling and Football teams in January and that figure does not include the cost of videos, the supply of gear, laundry or the cost of playing facilities.
The figures were outlined at the March meeting of the Offaly County Board by Treasurer Andy Gallagher who said that travel expenses was a big issue and that car pooling had to be looked at in a serious way.
The cost for Senior Hurling was €34,588 which consisted of Players Travel Expenses €9,434, Meals €8,552, Manager and Administration €4,295, Physio €2,425, Trainers and Coaches €6,225, Gym’s €2,997 and Gear Van €560.
The cost for Senior Football was €28,879 which consisted of Players Travel Expenses €8,600, Meals €5,160, Manager and Administration €6,976, Physio €3,260, Trainers & Coaches €2,410, Gym’s €1,913 and Gear Van €560.
Mr Gallagher explained that work was on-going between the committee and management teams to try and cut down on expenses. He pointed in particular to the travel expenses stating again that car pooling had to be the way forward.
County Board Chairman Pat Teehan said that there would have to be cut backs in some areas but he added that it should not curtail the preparation of teams.
Clara delegate Michael Sheridan questioned the amount spent on Trainers and Coaches for the hurling panel given the performances of late. Mr Gallagher replied that the appointment of coaches had been approved by the County Board in October. He also said that there should be a drop in the amount paid for meals for the hurlers as there will be a similar arrangement put in place as is the case with the footballers where the players will be fed at the venue.