GAA 5Star Workshop St. Patricks, DCU
The Camogie Association is delighted to partner with the GAA and LGFA on the 5Star Centre Initiative. Congratulations to the first ever participants who have completed their GAA 5Star workshops at St. Patricks DCU on April 10th. The last in the series was the hurling/camogie workshop. Martin Fogarty was assisted by camogie tutor Geraldine Curtis Well done to you all.
Calling all primary school teachers and principals, it is not too late to register your school to be part of this fantastic initiative. Register Now
Britain Camogie V Scotland Shinty Development Squad
On Saturday, April 14th, Britain Camogie played The Scottish Development Shinty Squad in a friendly game in East London Rugby grounds. The Britain Camogie team, made up of mostly Tara players with Thomas Curtains and Green Isles too, used Hurley sticks while the Scottish ladies used their Shinty sticks. The game was played by predominantly Shinty rules. This means you can’t handle the ball and you use a Shinty ball which is essentially a size 3 sliotar. The game was played with 15 people each side like a Camogie game. The camogie girls weren’t as quick at picking up the Shinty game as they would have liked and in the end Scotland Development won on a score line of 3 – 4 (13) to 1 – 0 (3). Zoe Smith, Sarah Corrigall and Elaine Wink all scored for Scotland while Rachel Kelly from Tara got Britain Camogie on the scoreboard with a goal. It was a really fun day out for all.
New York U21 Camogie Development Squad
The first U21 Development Squad session was held on Saturday April 7th in Gaelic Park. The training focused on gameplay and spatial awareness off the ball, creating space. We have just under a month with the players ahead of our challenge game with Philadelphia – before the Connacht Championship on May 6th.
It may be early in the season, but Setanta Berlin have been busy on and off the field in the past few weeks. The ladies of the club have recently signed for a co-sponsorship with a local NGO “Girls Gearing Up”. This organisation aims to empower and inspire young women on the international stage. Values which align closely to that of Camogie. There was also the Berlin Youth Hurling/Camogie weekend on March 24th and 25th. Over 40 youth players from throughout Germany were put through their paces in a series of training sessions and games by VIP coach Frank Devereux from Wexford GAA.
For more information on all of this and more, follow the link to the Setanta Berlin Website
Busy month in Westmeath
This month in Westmeath sees a lot of activity. Coming up this week a camogie foundation coaching course is being held in Clonkill GAA Club from 6.30-10pm on Wednesday 18th & Friday 20th April. On Monday 23rd April, Peter Casey will be delivering a workshop entitled “Building Rapport” which will look at how coaches can develop better report with their players and build better communication. On Monday 30th April, Caman and Have Fun workshop is taking place in Clonkill GAA club and is open to all camogie coaches. The workshop is aimed at coaching 6-8-year olds.
To book a place on any of the upcoming events please contact the county development officer Laura Heffernan via email email@example.com
In an effort to increase the number of referees available for the National Féile competition in June our Whistle4Féile programme took place recently servicing the host counties of Galway, Mayo, Roscommon & Westmeath. The programme was a huge success and these newly trained referees will now go out and start putting what they learned into practice. Thanks to our tutors on those courses, namely Cathal Egan, Karl O’Brien and John McDonagh. Thanks also to the counties for their support in running the programme.
Last weekend proved to be a busy one with coaching courses in Leinster. Foundation courses took place on Saturday 14th April in Wexford, Kilkenny, Laois and Offaly over the weekend with a full showing from each of the counties. Saturday saw Naomh Eanna of Gorey and Lusmagh in Offaly host two full foundation courses, whilst on Sunday 15th April, O’Loughlin Gaels was the Kilkenny venue for another full house and Laois following up last week’s course with another 15 more accredited coaches. All in all, over 30 clubs were represented across the four courses and we hope to see all these coaches within their club structures for years to come. The last remaining courses takes place these next two weeks with Offaly hosting their final course on 21st April and Kilkenny competing their last day of Level 1 on April 28th. Many thanks to the host venues and the participants for their enthusiasm. Coaching courses will recommence again in September.
Secondary School Junior Novice Blitz Days
A series of regional secondary school camogie blitzes for 1st-3rd years will take place across 4 different venues in Leinster on May 2nd and May 3rd for schools who currently do not compete in Post Primary fixtures. These blitzes are aimed entirely at encouraging the development of camogie within the school and giving girls the opportunity to play and represent their school in the sport. For some it will be their first experience of the game and we hope to give them a day of matches and fun, with the hope we will see these schools move on to competition level in the coming years. All eligible schools have been sent invitation to participate and are encouraged contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they wish to take part as we look forward to 2 days of action this May.
Spring Series Kicking Off
The Spring Series of Workshops kicked off this past week in Wexford, Carlow and Offaly. On Monday 9th, Wexford had the privilege of a workshop delivered by their own Kate Kelly in Buffers Alley grounds, aimed at 15-17year olds. Wednesday night saw Carlow’s St.Mullins host the Caman Have Fun workshop in St.Mullins GAA, where club coaches of players aged 6-8 years were in attendance and this Monday just past, 16 Offaly coaches endured the unusual April weather in the Faithful Fields grounds for their chosen workshop of Caman and Explore for 9-12 year olds. Well done to all the squads who took part as participants and to the coaches who attended. These workshops will give coaches some practical ideas/insight into their coaching methods for the age group they work with. They will continue to roll out now for April, May and June, so keep an eye out and contact your county development officer to find out when your workshop is scheduled for.