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#GAAyouth Forum 2017 – Saturday 28th October
On Saturday, October 28th, more than 600 young players travelled from the four corners of Ireland to Croke Park in order to participate in the 2017 #GAAyouth Forum, in partnership with Sky Sports. Both male and female players, aged 12 – 21, were selected from an online process, which had received more than 1000 applicants. The event had everything for the youth playing our games, it was great to see so many boys and girls interacting, learning and working on their leadership skills.
Aogán Ó Fearghail, Uachtarán CLG, officially opened the event and noted that this represents a new record in terms of attendance, “I am delighted that the #GAAyouth Forum is now the largest annual off-field event for young players in Ireland. In fact, the GAA is the only sporting organisation in the world to hold a Forum of this size for young players. I believe that this reflects the deep commitment by the Association to support and assist its young members to achieve their full potential both as players and people. I hope that this Forum goes some way to showing you how much young players are valued and respected by the GAA.”
The purpose of the #GAAyouth Forum is to educate and empower young people around Player Welfare issues that are important to them. The Forum hosted a mixture of interactive exhibitions, workshops, high profile speakers and a Q&A session. Those in attendance were treated to talks from speakers Sharon Courtney (Monaghan Ladies Gaelic Footballer), Cathal Cregg (Roscommon Footballer), Andy Moran (Mayo Footballer), Podge Collins (Clare Hurler), Orlagh Farmer (Cork Ladies Footballer), David Herity (Dublin Camogie manager), Mick Bohan (Dublin Ladies Football Manager), Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin Footballer) and Juliet Murphy (Former Cork Ladies Footballer) covering a range of issues from Food as Fuel, Understanding your Fitness to Becoming a Coach as well as Injury Prevention & Recovery.
The #GAAyouth Forum in partnership with Sky Sports is organised by the National Youth Committee in partnership with An Cumann Camógaíochta, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA), GAA Handball and Sky Sports. For further information on the activities of the National Youth Committee check out
Kilkenny Camogie continues to Thrive!
On Thursday 26th of October, a two-tiered blitz took place in St. James Park, Kilkenny where a range of schools took part from beginners to advanced.  Tier 1 saw the schools who currently compete in Leinster Secondary school fixtures play a pre-comp blitz with 1st and 2nd years ahead of their competitive season which kicks start after Christmas. This saw 4 schools with a total of 8 teams take part with Loreto, Castlecomer CS, Borris VS and Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown all represented.
Borris VS
Castlecomer CS
Tier 2 of the blitz was solely for the schools who are in development and not yet competing in official fixtures. There were 5 schools in this group and each of them made a very good account of themselves. These were Duiske College, Scoil Aireagail, Colaiste Cois Suire, Borris VS (B) and Colaiste Pobail Osrai. It is clear to see the great work being done by teachers in these schools and the eagerness of the players to improve their camogie and long may this continue. The girls themselves were delighted to have the opportunity to get out and have some games to play and eager to get back to training now ahead of the next blitz.
Colaiste Cois Siuire
Loreto Secondary School
Huge thanks to the referees from each of the schools on the day who brought good fun to the day also and special thanks to St.Canices school for the use of St.James Park, it was greatly appreciated. The next blitz takes place on Thursday 9th November and we look forward to another great day.
Meath/North Kildare Novice Colleges Senior League Cup & Shield Finals
Following on from the Meath/North Kildare Novice Colleges Senior League Shield Finals at Dunganny which resulted in victory for St. Peter’s College, Dunboyne (defeating Athboy Community School and Coláiste De Lacy, Ashbourne), it was the turn of four other schools to contest the Cup and the Plate finals at Dunboyne last Thursday, 26th October (thank you to Gillian and Teresa at St. Peter’s GAA club).
The day started with the Plate finalists, Boyne Community School and Coláiste Chiaráin, Confey, firstly playing a challenge match with their 1st & 2nd year teams. This set the tone for close games for the day, with Boyne Community School edging a well-contested tussle. However, in the subsequent Senior Plate final, Coláiste Chiaráin managed to reverse this result; after Boyne C.S. leading throughout most of the match, Coláiste Chiaráin caught them late in the game with two quick goals that ensured the Plate would travel across the Kildare border.
St. Mary's Edenderry
The Senior Cup final between Ratoath College and St. Mary’s Edenderry was a very close game also with the lead going forward and back between the teams throughout the game. It was played at real Championship final pace and in that spirit with many keen contests taking place throughout the field and the sliotar continuously travelling the length of the field. Such was the closeness of this game that both teams were level at half-time and again came back level at full-time! Extra-time was required to break the deadlock and here St. Mary’s penchant for goals son out and they opened an unassailable gap that Ratoath, despite courageous efforts, just could not close, leaving a full-time score of 6-2 to 1-11. 
Ratoath College
The Cup and Plate were presented by national Camogie PR & Communications Representative, Roberta Farrell to the respective winning captains, Emily Walsh (St. Mary's) and Ciara Harrington (Colaiste Chiarain). Kildare Participation & Growth Officer, Brendan Kenny, and Kathleen Egan, Club and Education Support Coordinator, were on hand also to oversee the smooth running of the competition. A big thank you to all the teachers and staff from the seven schools involved in the League for their commitment to its success. In the Spring, there will be a follow-on league involving novice 1st & 2nd schools.
Coach Education & Development
The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) have uploaded a useful article for coaches regarding playing time for all players. It is a known fact that “players who stay on the bench don't benefit as much from sport” therefore it is useful information for coaches of all sports.
Click the following link below to read the article:
Upcoming Foundation Courses
The following venues will hold Foundation Coaching courses and Level 1 courses over the coming weeks. The details are:
Foundation Courses:
Causeway Kerry, Stuart Reid.                                                       Date: 4-Nov-17
Black & Whites GAA Club, Milltown, Co. Kilkenny.                 Date: 4-Nov-17
St Enda’s GAA Belfast, Co Antrim.                                             Date: 4-Nov-17
Upcoming Level 1 Courses:
Kilcormac GAA Grounds, Tullamore, 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. 
Galway Camogie Speed League attracts big numbers.
Over 140 girls from the age of 9 – 11 years of age took part in the Speed Leagues held recently in Cappataggle. The Speed Leagues were held on Astroturf pitch with girls split into 6 a side teams with everyone playing in small-sided games.
Participants at the Galway Speed Leagues
Girls were mixed up so they got the opportunity to play with girls from different clubs over the session. Teams rotated around to play other teams every 10 minutes. The 2-day event also offered girls got the opportunity to hone their skills with wall ball sessions.
Participants at the Galway Speed Leagues
Thanks to Caroline Murray (Coordinator), John Mullins, Joan Poland, Maria Brehony, Rachel Monaghan and Fiona Burke for providing the coaching. Thanks to all the clubs and to the parents for traveling and helping to make the event a great success. Special thanks to Cappataggle GAA club for providing the excellent facilities.
Mairead Meehan 1st Year Camogie Blitz 2017
Over 230 girls from 11 different schools competed in the annual Mairead Meehan first year camogie tournament. 19 teams played in A and B tournaments on the day.
The A tournament consisted of two groups.  In group 1, Pres Athenry, Calascantius Oranmore, HRC Mountbellew and Portumna all played a round robin format with Pres Athenry emerging as group toppers and Calascantius runners-up.  In group 2, St. Brigid's, St. Raphaels and Claregalway all played each other with all winning one game each. St. Brigids who emerged on top on scoring difference. Pres Athenry and St. Brigid's played out a highly competitive final with Presentation Athenry coming out on top on a score line of 6.03 to 2.02. Laura Freaney accepted the cup on behalf of her team. 
Victorious Presenation Athenry Panel
In the B tournament, there were four groups of three teams. The winning team of each group progressed to the semi-finals. Pres Athenry B emerged from group one on score difference after beating Solero and drawing with HRC Mountbellew B. St. Raphaels B emerged from group 2 after wins over Pres Athenry C and Portumna B. St. Cuans 1 emerged from group 3 after wins over Clarin College and St. Brigid's B.  St. Killians New Inn emerged from group 4 after victories over St. Cuans 2 and Calascantius B. Pres Athenry B overcame St. Raphaels B in their semi-final on a score line of 6.01 to 3.01. In the other semifinal St. Cuans 1 overcame New Inn on a tight score line of 4.01 to 4 goals. In a thrilling final, St. Cuans emerged victorious by one point, final score line St. Cuans 1 0.4 to Pres Athenry B 0.3.
Solero College
Thanks to all the school principals, teachers, coordinators and players for taking part on what was a very enjoyable day. Special thanks to Kinvara GAA for the use of the facilities.

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