Meath county committee have announced a major development in the funding and support of under age football in the county.

In a statement released earlier they said, “Following the recent Provincial successes of our Minor football teams, and the outright All-Ireland success in 2021 at the same age grade, Meath GAA is delighted to announce some key football personnel positions, allied to a new football development structure, and a new sponsor to support our underage teams and players.

2021 has been a unique year for underage football in the County, successive Leinster Championships, and the return of the Tom Markham Cup to the County for the first time since 1992, has given Meath supporters renewed hope for the future.

Success at Minor is not a determining factor for Senior success, but it is evidence of the talent coming through, players and management alike. To further harness this talent, Coiste na Mí is delighted to announce the appointment of Barry Horgan as the new General Manager for Meath football from U13 to U20.

Barry will be bringing with him a wealth of knowledge, and experience gained from his time working in professional sports in Australia, and in various roles within the GAA, to further develop the highperformance pathways of our footballers and coaches. Barry will work with, and support, our current Coaching & Games staff.

The appointment is one part of an overall strategy to improve the existing football structures.“Ultimately the success of our Academy pathway is the pipeline of talent that is delivered through to our Senior football team. The recent underage wins, and the implementation of our strategy, will aid andsupport this process. Barry Horgan’s appointment is integral to achieving this. “, said John Kavanagh, Cathaoirleach Coiste na Mí

Key to the implementation of this strategy is the support we are receiving from Owen and Alice Brennan in Devenish Nutrition and our new sponsors Noel and Valerie Moran of Bective Stud. We are forever indebted to them for their generosity.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to support the development of Meath football over the coming years. It is a great honour and privilege for myself and Valerie to have been asked to support this new structure that will hopefully benefit many Meath underage footballers ” said  Noel Moran,

The Bective Stud logo will appear on the front of our football jerseys from U14 – U20 and will also appear
on our Senior football jerseys.

“Devenish Nutrition are extremely pleased to have supported the efforts of so many people in Meath to deliver success in football. This has centred on our players, their families and clubs, our management teams and their families and the thousands of volunteers who give so much of their time and effort.

Meath County Committee and all of the above are now looking to take this to the next level with the support of the Meath Football Development Committee” said Owen Brennan,

Consistency helps build momentum, and as such, we are delighted to announce that; John McCarthy (2020 Minor Manager) has been appointed as Manager of the U20 squad for the 2022 & 2023 seasons.

Seán Kelly and Colm Coyle are additions to the management team, and  Cathal Ó Bric will take over our post Minor squad for a 2-year period, 2022 – 2023.

The overall objective is to provide all our players with the best opportunity to develop themselves, to be the best they can be, on and off the field of play’.