IN the region of €41,100 was spent on the preparation of Offaly teams in February. This compares to in excess of €63,000 which was spent in January.
The figure was revealed at the April meeting of the County Board by Chairperson Pat Teehan who gave the total figure in each category rather than the breakdown in hurling and football that was given at the last meeting.
A total of €33,324 was spent on travel, €23,078 on catering, €14,950 on management and administration, €9,850 on physio, €14,000 on trainer, €7,413 on gyms and €2,200 on the kit van.
Shamrocks delegate Noel Conroy questioned whether the figures should be in the public domain because ‘figures could be distorted’. He added that clubs should be informed as they would ‘have a fair idea of the spend needed to run a team’.
Mr Teehan responded that before figures were given out, people had their own views of the accounts and that they were also distorted.
Assistant Chairperson Padraig Boland noted that gate receipts were down.
In response to a question from Killavilla’s Danny Bergin, Pat Teehan outlined that sponsorship was also down.
Mr Bergin said he believed it was ‘vitally important’ that people were acquainted with costs. He remarked that there needed to be a ‘severe tightening of costs’ or the county would face a deficit.
Mr Teehan stated that players were working hard on car-pooling and also that there would be savings on catering.