The programme is supported by the Irish Sports Council and the counties will participate in coaching sessions and blitz competitions between now and September, focusing on the skills of Camogie.
Coillte, the forestry and forest products company, began their involvement with the initiative in 2004 and last year confirmed they would continue to support the U-14 Development Squads for a further three year’s until 2010.
Speaking at the launch of this year’s programme Liz Howard, President of the Camogie Association, said; “”Camogie continues to be supported by Coillte in giving young players in Antrim, Down, Louth, Wexford, Waterford, Cavan, Carlow and Roscommon the opportunity to avail of a specialised coaching programme. Coillte also supplies hurleys and gear. All eight teams will play in a Blitz Competition in Croke Park in July. My thanks to David Gunning CEO of Coillte and his team for their continued help and support.””
Speaking at the launch today, David Gunning, Chief Executive of Coillte, said; “”Coillte is very proud to continue to be involved with the Camogie Association and to help in raising the skill level across the country among this year’s U14 Development Squads.
“”Coillte is in the recreation business and we are the largest provider of outdoor recreation in the country with over 18 million visits per year to Coillte recreational areas. We provide recreation to users that are environmentally and socially sustainable and at the same time we manage our forests to supply timber to industry for processing into a range of products – including hurleys!
“”The partnership with Coillte began in 2004, the Camogie Association’s Centenary year and we are delighted to be able to continue to support the Development Squads in this way.””