Sharp decline in Waterford club attendances

December 17, 2017

Ballygunner's JJ Hutchinson celebrates after scoring a point.
©INPHO/Ken Sutton.

Waterford chairman Paddy Joe Ryan is concerned about falling attendances at club games in the county.

While the Deise were one of the best supported counties in last year's All-Ireland SHC, crowds were well down at club level with just 2,709 attending October's county SHC final between city rivals Ballygunner and De La Salle at Walsh Park.

"Disappointingly, attendances at our club games are showing a worrying decrease, with attendances down 17,000 in the club senior hurling and football championships," Ryan said in his address to last Thursday night's county convention. 

"It is vital that our clubs get the support of their communities therefore bringing colour, excitement and atmosphere to our matches."

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