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Meath and Kildare Camogie Development News
A very busy weekend recently for camogie development in Meath and Kildare!
The weekend started with a Referee First Whistle course at Blackhall Gaels GAA club, Batterstown, with 17 new referees taking part. On the following evening (Friday), a similar course took place at Clane GAA club, Co. Kildare involving 21 new referees. Both courses were led by experienced camogie referee, Donal Ryan.
On the Saturday, the Kildare Camogie Foundation Course took place at newly established camogie club, Milltown, who were great hosts in their excellent facility outside Newbridge. 23 coaches took part on a very enjoyable and informative course led by expert tutors Lizzie Byrne and Kate Kelly. The fact that the coaches were drawn from 15 clubs in Kildare, including the newer clubs, was a very healthy sign of the efforts of the respective clubs to grow the game locally. Well done to all!
Upcoming Development Events
  • The Meath Camogie Foundation Course will take place this Saturday 24th March at Navan O’Mahony’s GAA club.
  • On Saturday, 31st March, David Herity will lead his expert Goalkeeping workshop for Kildare Camogie clubs (Goalkeepers u14 up to adult, and coaches) at Naas GAA, 11am-1pm.
  • A further joint Kildare/Meath Camogie Foundation course will be held at Clane GAA, Co.Kildare on Saturday, 7th April.
  • Peter Casey, Clare GAA Development Officer will lead his excellent ‘Building Rapport and Communications” workshop at Moorefield GAA, Co.Kildare on Monday 9th April, 7.30-9.30pm
For further information on any of the above, or to register, please email
The Camogie Association ‘U18 Strike for Glory National Competition 2018’
On the 11th March 2018 the Camogie Association U18 Strike for Glory initiative took place in the Connacht Centre of excellence in Mayo.
Mayo Team 
The counties participating are in the Tier 3 ‘Grow the game’ category for Camogie and are working hard to raise the playing standard in their counties. There are three counties involved in the competition this year,with Kerry graduating out of the programme after winning Strike for Glory 2018.
Wicklow Team
Donegal Team
The Camogie Association ‘U18 Strike for Glory National Competition’ 2018
1.            Wicklow
2.            Donegal
3.            Mayo
After the first Blitz day Mayo are in pole position with two wins from two and sit at the top of the table.
Results from Day 1
Mayo 4.04 vs Donegal 0.0
Donegal 0.0 vs Wicklow 4.06
Mayo 3.04 vs Wicklow 0.0
Game schedule for the rest of the programme:
Wicklow Vs Mayo (half-way)
Donegal Bye
Donegal  Vs Mayo (Donegal venue)
Wicklow Bye
Donegal  Vs Wicklow (Monaghan  venue)
Mayo Bye
U18 Strike for Glory Final Sunday 29/4/2018        
Top Two Teams at the end of All Games                                
First Year Secondary School Blitz in Cavan
Last week saw that the first Cavan secondary school blitz for 1st years. Six teams took part in the blitz from Bailieborough, Breifne College, St Clare’s College (Ballyjamesduff), Virginia College and St. Aidan’s (Cootehill). There was some great Camogie on show on the day, despite the poor weather conditions.
The Cavan Co board were delighted that Virginia were again able to enter a team this year. Virginia were also able to use girls that had successfully completed a TY program in the school earlier this month to help coach and referee on the day. Well done to students and teachers alike.
Virginia TY Students 
Lessons in Leadership Workshop
Who is invited?
We wish to invite all those coaches who have a Level 2 Coaching Course qualification or who are coaches/managers of any Adult Inter-County Camogie Team. 
When and Where?
On Saturday April 21st   in the National Games Development Centre (NGDC) in Abbotstown Dublin 15 from 10.30am – 1pm
Day Overview?
1.Coach Development – being better at what you do
2.Coach Leadership
3.Games Based approaches within team and player development.
4.Leadership on and off the field
Is there Speakers on the Day?
There are 3 highly respected and renowned speakers delivering the day. All 3 are held in the highest regard in both their professional and sporting fields and are sure to offer much insight from their experiences as players, coaches, and leaders themselves. They include:
  • Liam Sheedy former manager Tipperary Hurling Team, has extensive experience of leading high performing teams to deliver exceptional results in both a business and sporting context. He will share his insights into his life experiences focusing on the Importance of leadership on and off the field of play.  
  • Mary O’Connor  is CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport. Mary worked with the Camogie Association as Director of Technical Development and Participation. She excelled in this role and led the association in to an unprecedented era of growth. Mary’s Keynotes will outline  the importance of  Coach leadership and Development.
  • Mark Cooney has more than 15 years’ experience coaching both Camogie & Hurling. During this time he has worked with De La Salle (Waterford) Maynooth University, Waterford Camogie, and currently is part of the Kilkenny Senior Camogie & Waterford Senior Hurling backroom teams. Mark will share his plans around leadership from coaches in preparation and implementation of sessions.
How do I sign up?
  • The places are limited to those with Level 2 coaching qualification and Adult Inter County Managers and Coaches. 
  • The entry charge is just €10
  • Tickets can be secured through the following Eventbrite link 


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