The Laois senior footballers. Pic: Alf Harvey.
Spending on county team's rose again in 2018, with figures revealed at last night's Laois GAA Convention showing they had risen to just over €750,000.
The costs of fielding teams have been rising steadily in recent years, and the senior footballer's run to the Leinster final has seen a jump of over €50k from the 2017 figure of €698,644. Most of the rise is covered in Catering/Overnights (up €33,119 to €143,637), and Players Travelling Expenses (up €19,523 to €144,831).
Team Administration Expenses were down almost €10k from last year, with smaller changes across the other headings, such as Buses, Training Facilities and Medical Expenses.
Some of these costs are offset by money from Central Council and Leinster Council, with Laois' senior intercounty team allowance rising to €76,389 in 2018, form €69,558. They also took in money from Central Council and Leinster Council to cover team expenses, with €24,262 and €22,000 respectively from each body.
Laois also took in more money from sponsors as a result of the footballers run to the Leinster final, with O'Neill's (€4,601) and MW Hire (€5,000) increasing their contributions from 2017.