The Gaelic Players Association today May 26 2009 announced the launch of its new business mentoring programme for players in association with Mentors.ie, Ireland’s premier business mentoring company. This initiative, aimed at improving the business careers of players, is one of the first in a new range of player welfare initiatives being developed by the GPA.
The mentoring programme will provide opportunities for players to receive hands-on advice from leading business experts in various fields provided by Mentors.ie. This practical, one-to-one mentoring will give recipients a decided advantage in an increasingly competitive work environment. The players association believes that the future health of inter-county football and hurling will become increasingly dependent on the development of a practical off-field support structure for amateur players like this business mentoring service.
Dessie Farrell, CEO of the GPA, said, “GPA’s Partnership with the Mentors.ie is another practical way which we can help players in employment and career development. This programme will help players who avail of the service to develop a competitive advantage in the work place by expanding their level of experience and insight. We are hopeful that Croke Park will support the efforts of the GPA in due course as these and other ambitious programmes will require significant funding for the players body.”
Mentors.ie Director, Mícheál Ó Callaráin said, “We are delighted to be working with the GPA on this mentoring programme. We see huge benefits in providing the years of experience and expertise of a Mentor to the players as they are trying to combine a successful business career with their sporting ambitions. Business, like sport, is about delivering results. Mentoring will help ensure that what the player does in his business career works for him and helps achieve those important results.”
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