Mayo team costs increase by €750k but Board continue to run a surplus

Mayo team costs increase by €750k but Board continue to run a surplus
Mayo footballers Andy Moran, Evan Regan, and Keith Higgins as well as ladies’ footballers Aileen Gilroy and Orla Conlon are pictured at Elverys McHale Park where they revealed the new playing jersey. Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

Mayo’s team administration expenses have increased by €750,000 in the past year to €1.6m, although the County Board still managed to return a surplus of €87,000, writes Stephen Barry.

The westerners offset the 47% increase in total expenditure, driven by increasing costs in funding the inter-county teams, match expenses and games development, with a 44% rise in total income, due to large increases in commercial income, fundraising activities and transfer income.

The Senior footballers, who played into October before losing an All-Ireland final replay, accounted for 62% of the team expenses.

The county’s U21 All-Ireland champions, Minor Connacht champions and Junior All-Ireland finalists accounted for 15% of the expenses. Hurling teams, including the Nicky Rackard Cup winners and U21B hurling finalists, made up 12% of the total.

A further 10% were invoices carried over from 2015.

The breakdown of expenses revealed that catering costs increased to €447,280 (up 159% from 2015), sportsgear and equipment cost increased to €360,785 (up 1055%) and medical expenses increased to €211,104 (up 57%).

Travelling expenses also increased, up by 12% to €580,547.

On the income side of the accounts, sponsorship income went up to €478,141 (up 119%) and Cairde Mayo fundraising totalled €638,396 (up 70%). Transfer income, including GAA grants to cover team expenses and coaching, amounted to €751,506 (up 54%).

The Mayo GAA convention takes place on Sunday in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris.

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