Gaelic Players Association Press Release

Press release on behalf of the Gaelic Players Association


Thursday 31/5/2012

Sales Training Programme established for county players with support of Zurich Ireland 

The Gaelic Players Association is delighted to announce that a Sales Training Programme for players has been established with the support of Zurich Ireland.

Available as part of the GPA Player Development Programme and delivered by service provider, Business and Training Solutions International, the training is designed to assist county players who have a desire to pursue a career in sales.

By focusing on the practical elements of professional selling, this programme enables salespeople to use the lessons learned immediately.

Speaking about the formal announcement of the Programme, GPA Chairman Dónal Óg Cusack commented: “Sales is often an area that appeals to the player as allows him to harness their profile for the benefit of their off-field career so this Training Programme will be of particular relevance to many of our members. Following the success of the pilot programme run with the support of Zurich we are confident this service will receive good uptake and will be of long-term benefit to those pursuing careers in sales.”

This opportunity offers players who are interested in or are already a sales professional to gain diploma level qualifications in their chosen field.  In addition, by using a blend of workshops and distance learning material, time away from work and encroachment on players training time, is kept to a minimum.

Funded by the GPA Player Development Programme and Zurich Ireland, applications received from players for places on Sales Training Programme are screened by the GPA to identify suitable candidates.

Following the success of the pilot programme which was completed by 10 players it is hoped that a long term relationship will be established between the GPA and Zurich to provide significant benefits to both parties on an ongoing basis.

The players who have undergone Sales Training to date as part of the pilot programme are: Ross Mc Connell (Dublin), Ray Carey (Cork), Eamon Fennell (Dublin), Denis Bastick (Dublin), Darren Clarke (Louth), Frank Quinn (Sligo), Dean Siney (Wicklow), Paul Casey (Dublin), Barry Cahill (Dublin), Wayne Hutchinson (Waterford).

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For Further Information

Seán Potts, GPA Head of Communications,, 01 8575686



07-Jun-12 by Colette Fox – PRO