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#GAAyouth Forum 2017 coming soon!

Are you a Gaelic Games player aged 12 – 21 years old? Would you like to improve your performance as a player? Would you like to learn how to balance the demands of study and sport? Would you like to get inside the minds of some of the top intercounty players in the country?

If so, apply to attend the FREE #GAAyouth Forum supported by Sky Sports! The #GAAyouth Forum is designed by young players, for young players. The Forum will be a fun and informative with a mix of interactive exhibitions, workshops, high profile speakers and a Q&A session.
With workshops designed for three specific age-grades (12–15; 16–18; 19–21 years), players will leave the Forum having learned invaluable tips and tools that will help them to develop as a player and as a person.
There will be a number of activities at the Forum including:
·         Exhibition Zone – interactive demos about everything from preparing healthy lunches to hurley care and repair!
·         Plenary Session – Diarmuid ‘Gizzy’ Lyng will open the 2017 #GAAyouth Forum with the assistance of musicians from Rhythm Corporation. 
·         Workshops – experts, coaches and players including Orlagh Farmer, Ciarán Kilkenny, David Herity, Juliet Murphy and Cathal Cregg will address a range of issues from Fuelling Performance to Injury Prevention & Recovery to Juggling the Demands in a young player’s life.
·         Lunchtime Laughs with Rory’s Stories – Rory O’Connor brings his renowned characters to life in an interactive comedy gig!
·         Q&A – A range of experts and high profile players will answer your questions on a number of topics.
·         Lunch Hub – Keep the energy levels high and enjoy the best grub Croke Park has to offer… all for free!
The Forum takes place on Saturday 28th October. For the full line-up of workshops and speakers so far please download the agenda at
This FREE event will fill up fast so make sure to apply online asap!
How to Apply:
600 delegate places are up for grabs for male and female players in three age groups: 12–15 (Junior Cert Cycle); 16–18 (Leaving Cert Cycle) and 19–21.
The online application process is NOW OPEN at and there are two ways to apply:
·         Online Application by an Individual
A young player can complete an individual application form online and identify an adult in their Club who endorses their application.
·         Online Application by a Club
A Club can complete an application form to nominate a young player/s from the Club to attend the Forum (max. 4 players, ages 12-21). 
The closing date for applications is Friday 6th October and successful applicants will be informed by Friday 20th October. 
Meath/North Kildare secondary schools 1st & 2nd year blitzes

Action from the Meath/ North Kildare blitz at Dunganny, Meath GAA Centre of Excellence.

A cross-county participation blitz for 1st & 2nd years took place at Dunganny, Meath GAA Centre of Excellence, last week.

8 small-sided teams representing 5 schools took part in beautiful weather conditions.

The schools involved were St. Peter’s College Dunboyne, Ratoath College, Athboy Community School, Boyne Community School and Coláiste Chiaráin, Confey. Each team played three good competitive games.

Thank you to the teachers from each of the participating schools, the young referees from Scoil Mhuire, Trim and the players themselves who really enjoyed the day. The Meath/ North Kildare schools will join the Carlow/ South Kildare schools (who also participated in a similar excellent blitz last week at Carlow GAA Centre of Excellence, Fenagh) next Tuesday at Kildare GAA Centre of Excellence, Hawkfield for a further blitz.

Munster U11 Blitz and Referee Mentoring Pilot

Saturday 23rd September saw 27 teams contest a Munster U11 Blitz at Mallow GAA Complex, held in conjuction with Monaleen Camogie Club.

The Blitz was played under the Go Games format, with 10 young referee’s from across Munster looking after the matches under the supervision of an experienced senior referee mentor.

A big thank you to all the clubs who made it such a brilliant day, the young and mentor referees for looking after the matches, Mallow GAA for the excellent facilities and both Munster Council and Monaleen Camogie Club for coming up with the idea and for their support throughout.

Hurl with Me in Britain

The Hurl with Me programme has begun in earnest in Britain. This programme aims to support the development of the underage clubs and is being rolled out in conjunction with Britain Camogie development officer, Michelle Maher. The aim is to give parents, many of whom have never played, the opportunity to learn the basic skills of the game in a fun and supportive environment. Skills can then be practiced at home – increasing physical activity levels for both parent and child. Longer term, this may well be the first step in a parent becoming more involved in the club through coaching or an officer role. Well done to all the underage coaches/mentors and also to the parents who have been involved.
Photos show some of the parents and children in action at Erin go Bragh, Birmingham and Croydon, London

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