The Athletic Union League have decided to withhold €9000 worth of prize monies from clubs who won competitions with them in 2018/19 but have since migrated to a new league.
League, Cup and Shield winners as well as second and third in some divisions are rewarded in the form of money/vouchers and prizes by the League itself.
However, similarly to last season the AUL have blocked such rewards for clubs that won’t compete in their league next season.
Clubs like Sheriff YC, Usher Celtic, Oliver Bond and St Malachy’s have been informed by they will not be in receipt of the prize-funds expected.
An AUL email from Honorary Treasurer Brendan Coghlan to clubs on Monday 24th June explained the league’s stance and revealed all clubs involved were informed of that stance from as early as October 2018.
‘’ Club Secretary, I’ve had calls from a few clubs about the incentive arrangements. The grants/vouchers awarded to various League and Cup winners have always been presented as a way of helping clubs at the start of their new season in the AUL. Clearly if the club no longer has a presence in the AUL then the question of benefiting from the grant/voucher does not arise. This has always been the situation and was made clear to clubs at the October 2018 Management Meeting when the Incentive Scheme for Season 2018/19 was announced. I hope this clarify the situation for you’’.
Last season Kilbarrack United took the AUL to the Leinster Football Association to appeal the prize fund block but were unsuccessful in their appeal.
The JSP understands one club have informed us that they will be seeking legal advice with regard to the matter.