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Connacht 1st Year Camogie attracts huge numbers.

A new Secondary school initiative was held in Carnmore GAA grounds recently. Schools from all over Connacht were invited to the event which gave almost 250 girls the opportunity to represent their school for the first time.
In total there were 13 teams representing 11 schools including St. Brigid's College, St Raphael's College, Presentation College Athenry, Calasanctius College Oranmore, Gort Community School, Holy Rosary College Mountbellew, Seamount Kinvara, Coláiste Bhaile Chláir Claregalway, St Killians New Inn, Clarin Athenry and Mercy College Tuam. All schools played their part in what was a very successful event. 
Teams competed in a 15 a-side 'A' and 'B' blitz format. A separate 7 a -side blitz was also held on the day. 
A word of thanks to all the schools, teachers, mentors and especially players on the day.
Special thanks to the young referees from St Brigid's College in Loughrea and to Carnmore GAA grounds for hosting the event. The blitz was organized and coordinated by John Mullins Connacht Camogie P&G Coordinator 
Successful Foundation course held in Galway.
Connacht Camogie held a Foundation Camogie course in Loughrea, Co. Galway recently.It was held in St Brigid's College on Saturday, October 14th commencing at 9am. A very enthusiastic group of 22 participants from 10 different Camogie clubs successfully completed the course.
Many thanks to everyone who attended on the day and we wish you all the very best in your coaching careers. Special thanks to out Tutors – Eileen Gleeson (Clare) and Benny Kenny (Galway) and to Geraldine McGrath (County Secretary). Finally, thanks to St Brigid's College Loughrea and Coordinator John Mullins.
Kildare Foundation Camogie Course in Ardclough GAA
Tutors Brendan Phelan, Lizzy Broderick and Ted Walsh led an excellent Foundation level coaching course last Saturday which was held at the excellent Ardclough GAA club, Co. Kildare (thank you to Ardclough GAA and Kildare Development Officer, Claire Curtis).
The tutors challenged the participants existing approach to coaching and there was a lot of learning around the subject of coaching the younger players. The 21 participants on the day, drawn from 11 different clubs, found the course very beneficial and will put the learning into practice with their younger and starting players at their clubs.
Among the participants on the course was Celbridge and Kildare intermediate soaring star and players’ player of the year nominee, Emer Reilly, who will also bring the learning back to the younger people at her club.
Emer Reilly takes a practice session with attendees in Ardclough GAA
Coach Education & Development – Upcoming Foundation Courses
Kilcormac GAA Grounds, Offally  – 21-Oct-17
Kilmessan GAA Club, Meath  – 21-Oct-17
Causeway Kerry – 4-Nov-17
Black & Whites GAA Club, Milltown, Borris, Co.Kilkenny – 4-Nov-17
Upcoming Level 1 courses
Kilcormac GAA Grounds, Offaly. Date: 3rd + 4th 11th Nov 2017
Cratloe,Clare. Date: 10th, 11th, & 18th Nov 2017
GAA National Games Development Conference 2018
The GAA National Games Development conference 2018 will take place on Friday/Saturday , January 12th /13th 2018. Once again, The Camogie association will have speaker with details to be announced soon.
Tickets will be on sale early November.

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