Talking is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness. Many of the high profile players who have sought help through the GPA so far have showed immense courage and willpower. Our counselling service has been exclusively set up for GPA members. Everyone working with us understands the demands and strains that playing at county level can bring and how difficult it can be to balance life on and off the field. All members are treated with the strictest confidence.

Personal Counselling — What to Expect: 

  • A first session aimed at getting an understanding of your situation
  • A partnership approach to identifying the most appropriate form of support for you
  • Best ethical and professional practice from an experienced practitioner
  • A clear outline of the next steps and in what way the service could be of benefit to you
  • A review of progress after a number of sessions
  • Confidential service between the player and the practitioner 

Personal Development Coaching — What to Expect:

  • Improved results
  • Greater effectiveness
  • Consistency in your play
  • Greater motivation
  • More choices for the future
  • Lessen stress and fears
  • Ongoing support from an expert
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Enhanced capacity within difficult and stressful playing arenas 

If you are struggling with a personal problem such as dependency on gambling, alcohol, family issues, bereavement, depression or anything else that may be affecting you, please call our confidential counselling support line which is available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Freephone Republic of Ireland 1800 989 285 and from Northern Ireland dial 0800 044 5059

Please note this is an urgent confidential counselling support line for GPA members and is not a line for general GPA business.

Siobhán Earley
Player Development Manager
Gaelic Players Association
Twitter: @esiobhan11 

Other Useful Resources:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Gamblers Anonymous
  • Samaritans
  • Aware
  • HeadStrong
  • Pieta House
  • PIPS Belfast Freephone Number: 0800 088 6042