Courses in Connacht
A large crowd gathered for a 'Coaching Matters' workshop held in Carnmore GAA grounds on Thursday, March 15th. This was for U14, U15 and U17 Intercounty coaches, development officers, and any county board members. 20 people from Connacht and six from Offaly enjoyed the two hour practical and theory session on the night. Thanks to the Carnmore U14 Camogie girls for all their efforts on the night, thanks to Carnmore GAA for the use of their facilities. Special thanks to the guest speaker Molly Dunne (former Galway player) and to the tutors on the night, Niall Williams, and Clare Dowdall.
Galway will host a Practical Goalkeeping coaching session for goalkeepers from U14 to adult level on Saturday, March 24th in Loughgeorge from 11am – 1pm. The goalkeepers will be coached by five times All Ireland winning Goalkeeper and current Dublin Senior Camogie Manager David Herity.
All goalkeepers will experience a practical goalkeeping session created and explicitly designed for goalkeepers. The session will be 2 hours in duration and will also be available for club and county coaches to attend and view the session, with the opportunity to have a questions and answers session with David at the end of the session.
The session is limited to 30 Goalkeepers for each session (fully booked) but it is free of charge for any interested coaches, managers or players who would like to attend.
Upcoming Foundation course in Galway:
Date: Saturday, March 31st
Time: 9 – 5pm.
For further details please contact your club secretary. Places are limited.
Wicklow continue their Coaching Development
The Centre of Excellence in Ballinakill was the venue for the latest of the camogie development drives in Wicklow. On March 12th, Wicklow availed of the latest Player Retention initiative, namely the “Communication and Building Rapport” Workshop. This workshop was aimed at coaches from all levels from u8 upwards and highlighted the importance of good communication in retaining players, making coaches think about what message they send to their players.14 coaches attended on the night with delivery by our own Niall Williams – many thanks to all.
Wicklow has also followed on from their previous drives in coach development with a further two foundation courses having taking place on Saturday 24th March, also in Ballinakill. 39 coaches from across the county completed these Foundation courses and thanks again to Ballinakill for the use of the fantastic facilities and the tutors Brendan Phelan, Lizzy Broderick and Aine Fanning for delivery.
Officer Training wraps up in Leinster
The final night of the Officer Training in Leinster took place on Monday 26th March in the Leinster Council GAA Offices in Portlaoise. Treasurer's, Registrar’s and PRO’s were invited to attend for a night of information on their role and responsibilities in their clubs or county boards and to share their ideas and challenges. 25 people from across five counties attended the evening with many thanks due to the tutors for their interactive delivery of three excellent workshops and to all those who attended on the night. This now wraps up the Officer Training programme delivered across Leinster since January, which saw approx 90 officers attend for training in all.
Carlow Rising Stars Easter Camp
The Rising Stars Easter Fun Camp hit the fields of McGrath Park, Bagnalstown from 26th-28th March past. 47 girls from around the county from 6-14 years old took part over the Easter holidays with three days of skills, games and coaching. This camp was organised by members of the Carlow Intermediate Camogie team, with player Emma Brennan acting as Camp Administrator and supported by Carlow County Board. It was well received as the first Easter Camp in the county in a number of years with a final day of camp full of treats, spot prizes and festivities.
They now look forward to making it a more regular occurrence and credit must go to the coaches/Carlow Intermediates and the young players who attended. The laughter from the playing fields told us that the young players of Carlow enjoyed being coached by their camogie heroes and will aspire to be Rising Stars.
Castleblaney Crowned Ulster Junior D Champions
The Ulster Junior D Camogie Final was played on Friday, 9th March on the all-weather Pitch In Clones with Our Ladys, Castleblaney defeating Breifne College Cavan By 2-12 to 2-04.