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66 Clubs to Participate in Hurl Smart Week 2017!
66 clubs from across the country will participate in this year’s Hurl Smart Week taking place from Monday June 5th to Sunday 11th.  20 successful clubs have already received goodie packs to use during the week as promotion and a further 10 will be chosen for Inter County player visits when reports of their activities are submitted.  Watch out for all the fun activities happening next week on our social media sites.
Other Camogie Development News this week includes:
·       Hurl with Me Programme Photos from Week 2
·       Club School Link Programme Club Profiles
·       Goal Keeping Programme Wexford
Hurl with Me Programme Photos from Week 2
The Hurl with me Programme in conjuction with the National Dairy Council is well underway in 24 clubs across the country. 
Well done to all the parents taking part in the programme with their daughters. Here is a selection of photos from last week.
Croagh Kilfinny Limerick
Bandon Cork
Dunderry Meath
Erins Own Castlecomer Kilkenny
Naomh Eamonn Laois
Newbridge Derry
Round Towers Dublin
Tramore Waterford
Thomas Davis Dublin
Club School Link Programme Club Profiles
The Camogie Association club school link national programme had been developed to encourage clubs to link with their local primary school and provide an opportunity for girls to play at their local clubs. It’s a 7 week programme consisting of schools coaching and a club session each week.  Week 7 culminates in the club hosting a mini blitz and tour of the club.  We have taken the profiles of 2 clubs this week who are participating in the programme.
1.    Tulsk Camogie Club & Tulsk National school, Tulsk, Co.Roscommon
Tulsk believed “This initiative has strengthened the vibrant, strong relationship between our Camogie Club and the local Primary Schools”.  For many of the children when Lizz and her helpers put a hurl and a sliotar into their hands and showed them how to play, this was their first engagement with Camogie. It also allowed those girls who are already members of our Club to finetune their skills and perhaps learn some new ones which there may not always be time to do at Club training. 
We hope to encourage participation, introduce more children to the game and offer them an opportunity to play the great game of Camogie.  We hope that if they are not already members of our Club that they will join or that if they don't wish to continue playing that they can say that at one stage of their lives they played Camogie and we are very proud and fortunate to give them the opportunity!
Start date – April 28th
Finish date – June 9th
Number of class being coached: 8
How many children: 78
Coaches: Lizz Quigley assisted by Kathy Jones and Louise Murray
Tulsk Junior Stars
Tulsk Senior Stars
2.    St Cillian’s Club, Carrig NS and Killeen NS Co Offaly
St Cillian’s have two small schools in our area and chose to do the school-club link in both schools and split the hours between them.
St. Cillian's camogie club has always had a healthy relationship with our local GAA club. The GAA club, through county board funding, provides hurling coaching for both girls and boys in both schools.  The camogie school link offered a different approach, it encouraged the apprehensive girls who tend to opt out of mixed coaching. We enlisted the help of experienced coach, Orla Carey and youth coach Dara Hanamy, who completed Camogie4Teens in 2016. 
From a club perspective, we found it particularly beneficial for our u8 category. That age group don't get much coaching in schools because they are too young for school teams. Its a key recruitment age and sometimes parents are not too sure about allowing their children to get involved. In the school environment parents have no choice but to let them do it. Feedback from parents of this age was both numerous and positive. The children are now pushing the parents to bring them to the club.
Having received feedback form the participating schools the overwhelming feeling was that they would like to see the initiative repeated next year.  Being awarded the School-Club Link programme this year has most definitely kick started something that St Cillian’s plan to continue working with TY coordinators so more youth coaches could get involved.
Start Date – March 21st
End Date – May 16th
Number of classes coached: 6 classes
How many children: 71
Coaches: Orla Carey and Dara Hanamy (both are members of the St. Cillian's senior camogie team)
St Cillian's club-school link
Goal Keeping Programme Wexford
The final night of the goal keeping programme took place in Wexford last week. The programme was run over 5 weeks with 3 modules on the Physical, Tactical and Psychological aspects of Goal Keeping given by Mags D'Arcy and David Herity.
The other 2 sessions were goal keeping training sessions given by Pat Redmond and Geraldine Curtis. In total 23 goal keepers and 52 coaches attended from 18 Clubs. Thanks to Mags and David for their superb sessions. Thanks also to Marshalstown, GlynnBarntown and Buffers Alley GAA Clubs for the use of their facilities. A very special thanks to Pat and Geraldine for their time given to the programme.  Well done to County Development Officer Joe Roche in getting this going.
David Herity speaks to the participants
Goal Keeping Workshop Wexford

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