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Updated Info re Handball Clubs in the 6 Counties

The Northern Ireland Executive has confirmed the further easing of restrictions to sporting facilities in the 6 Counties which come into play from Monday 24th May.

Key Update Summary:

  • "From 24th May indoor group exercise and training (numbers informed by venue) can resume as well as a full return of outdoor sport. 
  • All outdoor and indoor sport and leisure venues will also be permitted to open.
  • An indicative date of 31 May has been set for the return of competitive indoor sport (subject to risk assessment and appropriate mitigations).

**Note: In accordance with the GAA’s ‘Return to Play’ protocols, dressing rooms should remain closed for all club fixtures and training sessions.


Gyms/Sports Halls:

GAA club gyms and sports halls (which may contain 1-Wall Handball Courts) in the ‘Six Counties’ may also open their doors from 24th May. This must be strictly in accordance with Executive guidelines and the number of people allowed on the premises at any given time must be determined through;

  • Social distancing
  • A risk assessment to determine maximum capacity
  • All contact details for trace and test purposes must be taken and must be taken and retained by the club.


GAA Handball Clarification:

With the above guidelines announced, GAA Handball are recommending a return to 1v1 play in the 40x20 courts, with larger numbers permitted (e.g. juvenile training sessions) to play in indoor 1-Wall courts/halls dependent on venue size. Clubs are recommend to take a cautious approach on this initial return and continue to undertake all safety and hygiene precautions.


GAA Handball Units in the 26 Counties:

Based on the latest guidelines by the Irish Government, June 7th is the next date on which the relaxation of restrictions relevant to Handball facilities will come into play. See below:

  • Competitive outdoor sports matches can recommence. No spectators are permitted.
  • Indoor venues can reopen for individual training only.

Further updates in this regard will follow.