2019 GAA Injury Benefit Fund - Important Information   21/01/2019

We wish to advise you that 2019 renewal invitations have been sent by email inviting your club to join the GAA Injury Benefit Fund for 2019. Please note that renewal invitations have been invited on the basis of the teams that the club had on cover for 2018. The amount owed is noted on the renewal invitation as total subscriptions outstanding.


To renew for 2019:

  • Please log into https://people.gaa.ie
  • Please use the web browsers Google Chrome and Firefox when accessing https://people.gaa.ie otherwise you will receive an error message.  
  • Each club has been provided with a User ID and Password to access the GAA On-line Management System (Servasport). This is the same system whereby member registration is completed.
  • Queries in relation to access to the system can be addressed to Servasport at 048-90313845 or gaasupport@servasport.com as Croke Park are unable to assist with such queries.
  • Once logged in, please click the Player Injury Fund tab, please check the teams registered and make any adjustments that are required.
  • Please also update the secretary and injury find contact information with full address and contact details as this is the information that Willis Towers Watson receive and will be used to contact the club in the event of an Injury Fund claim received.
  • Once the details have been updated, please click finish. An invoice will be emailed and again, you are asked to check that the details on it are correct and all teams requiring cover under the Fund are registered 
  • Please print a copy of the invoice and attach it to a cheque made payable to Cumann Lúthchleas Gael for the total subscriptions outstanding noted on the invoice   
  • Please send the invoice and cheque to Injury Fund Section, Páirc and Chrócaigh, Baile Atha Cliath 3.
  • Payment must be received in full on or before March 1st 2019
  • Once payment is received, it will be marked off on GMS and a receipt will be issued
  • Should the club \ county wish to add any additional teams as the year goes on, please log on to https://people.gaa.ie and register the additional teams and send the requested payment to Cumann Lúthchleas Gael. Cover for additional teams will not be confirmed until payment is received in full by CLG


2019 Claims Bands

Claims bands are in place for 2019 as following continued detailed analysis of claims trends, it has been established that the claims trends in those clubs who will fall into a claims loading are unsustainable at their current subscription rates and therefore, the Injury Fund needs to be continually rebalanced to ensure the long term financial viability of the Fund. Every club \ county team’s claims experience for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 as at the 30/06/2018 has been reviewed against the annual subscription fees that they have been paying and a band has been assigned to each club \ county. The discount \ load applicable to the club is noted on the invitation renewal and is also noted on the invoice that will be received when the 2019 renewal is confirmed.


What are the bands?

  • Band A: Discount of 10% will be applied to total annual subs
  • Band B: Claims Load of 10% will be applied to total annual subs
  • Band C: Claims Load of 50% will be applied to total annual subs
  • Band D: Claims Load of 100% will be applied to total annual subs




Cover under the GAA Injury Benefit fund is provided on a per team basis so amalgamated teams need to be registered under whatever name they field under. Members of the amalgamated team are registered as members of their respective adult club.   If they are not registered under the correct name Willis Towers Watson will not have a record of the teams and this will delay the assessment of the claim. Please see link to the Servasport Helpdesk on how to create an amalgamation; - https://servasport.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/203088556-Amalgamations


Membership & Claims Validation

Please note that the GAA membership year runs from January 1st – December 31st. We are asking clubs to ensure that they are registering their members as early as possible once the Servasport system opens for 2019 registration on 1st January 2019, especially playing members who are participating in training/matches in the early stages of the year. If a claim is notified to Willis Towers Watson and the claimant is not in the membership system at the date of his claim or is registered after the injury date, the claim will be declined and no appeals will be considered. There is a significant number of claims been reported for unregistered members which will not be tolerated going forward as the GAA Injury Benefit Fund is in place to benefit registered members only.


Mandatory On-Line Claims Reporting – training manual attached

From January 2nd 2018, all GAA Injury Benefit Fund claims must be reported using the on-line claims application available at https://gaa.willis.ie 

Each and every club \ county secretary must register for the on-line application using an official GAA email address. Owing to changes in Data Protection legislation, only an official GAA email address can be used. The On-line claims application allows a club officer to see their claims at a glance and manage the claims in one place. On the application, a club officer will be able to scan documents to a claim prior to sending the original documentation to Willis Towers Watson. You will also be able to download the claims information into an excel report which should assist with managing the claims. Further enhancements will be made to the application in time. Willis Towers Watson will no longer be accepting any paper claim forms issued directly to them. Any claim forms received by them will be returned to the club secretary with a request to set the claim up online.  


Important Notes

No claim will be processed by Willis Towers Watson for the current playing year until renewal is fully completed, payment has been received in full and a receipt issued. GAA Injury Benefit Fund claims received by Willis Towers Watson with a date of injury between January 1 and March 1 2019 will be declined for assessment if payment in full has not been received and a receipt issued by March 1st 2019. All claims will be returned and no appeals considered.


Where renewal confirmation and / or payment is sent to Croke Park after March 1, GAA Injury Benefit Fund cover will commence from the date the receipt of payment is issued and no appeals will be considered. If your affiliated unit is entitled to a discount and payment has not been received in full on or before March 1, the discount entitlement will be removed and your unit will receive an invoice confirming same


Please read the attached GAA Injury Benefit Fund Summary document effective from January 1st 2019 which includes full details of the above


Is mise le meas,



Ciara Ní Chléirigh / Ciara Clarke

Bainisteoir Chiste Gortuithe CLG / GAA Injury Fund Manager


Gutháin / Tel : +353 (01) 819 2347
CLG, Páirc an Chrócaigh, Baile Átha Cliath 3 / GAA, Croke Park, Dublin 3

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