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the Gaelic Athletic Association

(2009-11-11 19:41:44)
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盖尔运动协会
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the Gaelic Athletic Association
A different way to play
October 30, 2009

Professional sports have become big business. Athletes are paid huge salaries. You can buy T-shirts, coffee mugs and seat cushions with your favorite team logos on them. If you have enough money, you can even buy a team and move it from city to city. But that’s not how things work in the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

职业性的体育运动已经成为巨大的商机,运动员可以得到优厚的薪金。你也可以买到印有你心爱球队的队徽的T恤、咖啡杯、座垫等。假如你有大把大把的钞票,甚至可以买下一支球队到各个城市巡回比赛。但这些事情在盖尔人运动协会就行不通。

Formed in 1884, the GAA was designed to promote traditional Irish culture and sports. With more than 2,600 clubs and over 1 million members, it’s now Ireland’s largest sporting organization.

成立于1884年的“盖尔人运动协会”其初衷是发展爱尔兰传统的文化与运动。“盖尔人运动协会”属下有超过2,600个(运动)俱乐部,人数超过百万,到目前为止,它是爱尔兰最庞大的体育组织。

In keeping with its mission, the GAA promotes a range of Irish sports and cultural traditions. That said, the association’s best-known sports are Gaelic football and hurling. Both are traditional Irish sports.

为了保持它的目标相一致,“盖尔人运动协会”努力发展爱尔兰的运动与文化传统。即便如此,该协会的最著名的运动是盖尔人足球和爱尔兰式曲棍球。这个项目是爱尔兰的传统体育运动。

Gaelic football is often described as a mixture of soccer and rugby. However, it is older than either of those games. In contrast, hurling is a lot like field hockey. It’s Europe’s oldest field sport and has been around for at least 2,000 years.

盖尔人足球经常被人称之为一种“英式足球与橄榄球”的混合体育项目。然而,它的历史悠久比这两者还要早。以至相比,爱尔兰式曲棍球更象草地曲棍球,它是欧洲最古老的大型户外体育运动,而且最少已有2000年的历史。
From the lowest to the highest levels, GAA players are amateurs. More importantly, clubs cannot be sold or even owned by individuals. Instead, each club is based in a community and run by the people of that community. Each year, club members vote to elect a committee to manage the club’s affairs. Even at the highest levels, association officials are elected and can only hold their posts for four years.

无论从高到低水平的的运动员,都是业余的。而最重要的是,俱乐部不能作为商业买卖或是私人拥有。而每一个俱乐部基本上都有一个委员会由他们的人员来管理。每年,俱乐部的成员都要投票选举委员来管理俱乐部的事务。尽管是高级的“盖尔人运动协会”的官员也由选举所产生,他们的职务也仅是任期4年。

Despite its focus on amateur sports, the association’s business model has proven extremely successful. Over the years, the GAA has built up more than 2.6 billion euros in assets. Last year it earned an additional 64 million euros. An impressive 80 percent of that income was invested back into local GAA clubs.

尽管她是集中于业余运动,但是“盖尔人运动协会”的商业模式已被证实是相当成功的。在过去的数年间,“盖尔人运动协会”已建立其资产有26亿欧元之多。去年,她额外赚得64百万欧元。而令人鼓舞的是,有百分之80的收入来源再投资回报当地“盖尔人运动协会”。

This year the GAA marks its 125th anniversary. As an organization, it has stood the test of time. The association has demonstrated that community and culture can still be an important part of top-level sports.

今年是“盖尔人运动协会”125周年华诞。作为这样一个体育组织,她已经历过长时间的考验。该协会已经证明社团与文化仍可作为一项高水平运动的一部分。

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