Cost of running county teams rises

Cost of running county teams rises
BY PADRAIC O’BRIEN

BY PADRAIC O’BRIEN

Longford GAA Finances revealed an operating surplus of e29,877 for 2013 at the annual Convention in Aras Ui Bhrian on Thursday night last, despite the big increase of around e126,000 in the cost of looking after the county teams (senior, U-21, junior and minor football and senior hurling) during the past year.

The various County teams expenses continues to run very high and the 2013 total came in around the e408,000 mark, compared to the 2012 figure of around e282,000.

The breakdown for 2013 is as follows with a significant increase in all departments:

Players Travel & Team Expenses - e214,827 (as compared to e154,916 in 2012)

Catering - e61,639 (as compared to e49,213 in 2012)

Medical & Physiotherapy - e59,349 (as compared to e47,147 in 2012)

Gym & Pitch Hire - e44,356 (as compared to e18,324 in 2012)

Sportsgear & Equipment - e27,896 (as compared to e12,235 in 2012)

The overall cost of running Longford GAA in 2013 yet again exceeded the million mark with the exact expenditure standing at e1,201,764 - up almost e200,000 on the total of e1,109,321 that was spent in 2012.

The income generated during the past year amounted to e1,231,641 (as compared to e1,357,367 in 2012) while also down were the gate receipts from the 2013 county championships but the 2012 figure of e189,439 was boosted substantially by the senior final replay between Killoe and Longford Slashers. Having said that, the 2013 total of e165,618 is still pleasing in these tough times.

Longford’s share from the National League Pool in 2013 was e30,286, down on last year’s figure of e33,897.

The Race Day at Punchestown continues to be a great success with another ‘full house’ and the major fundraiser for Longford GAA yielded a neat profit of around e51,000 this year (despite a reduced capacity) as compared to around e46,000 in 2012 when the event was hit by horrendous wet and windy weather.