Split Season confirmed for Camogie after 53% vote in favour

The National Camogie League will be followed by the All-Ireland championship as the Camogie association confirmed a split season.

There was much debate after the association decided they would opt against a split season, with the club campaign to follow the league with the All-Ireland championship to be played after the conclusion of the club season.

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Many counties threatened strike action as a result with a poll demonstrating the discontent with the decision.

Now the association has confirmed that there will be a split season with 53% of clubs voting in favour.

The Camogie association released the following statement on Tuesday evening.

The Camogie Association has confirmed that the poll of clubs which took place over the last few days has concluded.

The response of clubs was positive with 62% of clubs returning a vote.

53% of those clubs voted for option 2 with 47% voting for option 1.

This means that the Camogie Association will now run the 2021 Inter County Championship, after the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues which start this weekend, followed by club Championship competitions.

We would like to thank all of our members who carefully considered the two options and participated in this process.

We have a result and a mandate from our members, which we will respect and implement. Planning will start immediately at National and County level to maximise Camogie activity for all players throughout 2021.

The next steps for the Camogie Association are to detail the fixtures structure, collaborate with our colleagues in the GPA in relation to the feedback from our clubs, and work with broadcast partners to try and ensure maximum coverage possible for all of our Camogie on 2021.

This comes on the back of welcome news from Government yesterday that female inter county Camogie players will receive the same amount of funding as their male counterparts from 2021 onwards.

The Camogie Association welcome this decision, and the formal acknowledgement of the contributions that the Camogie Association, Camogie volunteers and players across the club network and at inter county level, make to Irish sport, society, culture and heritage. We will work with government and sport Ireland in relation to the roll out of this funding.

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