Last Wednesday (Nov 14th) Cork Institute of Technology Sports Arena hosted the CIT Camogie Workshop 2012.
60 young camogie players aged 15-18 from 15 Cork City Camogie Clubs took part in an evening of expert Camogie Coaching from CITs leading coaches Frank Flannery and Fergal O’Leary.
After a well earned break for soup and sandwiches provided by the college, the girls participated in information sessions on Diet & Nutrition and Lifestyle and practical gym sessions on Exercise and Fitness delivered by second year students of Recreation and Leisure Management in CIT. All participants received a copy of the Camogie Association’s ‘On the Ball’ magazine and a water bottle to help them keep sufficiently hydrated at training!
The aim of the evening was to re-enforce to teenage players the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, physical fitness and skill development in becoming the best player they can be. As young adults, players are getting to the stage that the choices they make in terms of eating habits, sleep and practice of the skills of the game will impact on the level of enjoyment and fulfilment they get from camogie.
"Education around these topics is very important. The workshop also gives the girls an opportunity to see how elite players train and the sporting and educational opportunities that exist in CIT. We are extremely grateful to CIT for hosting and organising the event, particularly to GAA Officer Keith Ricken and Con Burns of the Recreation and Leisure Department and to all the coaches, presenters and helpers from the Exercise and Leisure course and the CIT Camogie Club.
Thanks also to Cork Camogie Development Officer Mairead Donovan for her work in promoting the workshop to the clubs and taking bookings," said Munster Camogie Development Officer Deirdre Murphy.
GAA Officer Keith Ricken expressed his delight with the efforts of all the participants and also his pride in the work of the students, coaches and staff of CIT who ran the event so well.
"CIT has some great people who volunteered their time to ensure that we put on an excellent evening for these young players. We are very proud of the facilities and people that we have here in CIT and see it as an opportunity to showcase the college and give our students the chance to use what they are learning academically in a practical way. Also we hope that tonight’s activities will encourage girls to think about the benefits of a 3rd level education and perhaps be future stars for CIT on the playing fields and within our academic structure."
Camogie Development snippets from the North West
Tubbercurry Camogie Clubs indoor programme takes place every Thursday evening from 7:30 – 8:30 in St. Attracta’s School Hall.
Gortletteragh Adult Camogie Club commenced their indoor programme last Wednesday and it will take place every Wednesday evening from 7:30 – 8:30. New members are always welcome.
Following the success of Manorhamilton’s first Camogie session last Friday, training continues every Friday from 4pm – 5pm in Manorhamiltons Primary school. These sessions are available to any girl from the Manorhamilton area or neighbouring villages who may be interested in trying out Camogie.
For more information contact Yvonne Byrne: 087 firstname.lastname@example.org
Donegal Camogie AGM
Donegal County Board held their AGM last Monday night November 12th.
All 6 Camogie clubs were represented at the meeting and are looking forward to the 2013 season. Claire McDermott from the Burt club is the new CDO for Donegal we wish her well in her new role and thank Gavin Craig for all his hard work over the last number of years.
Donegal 2nd Level Winter League
The finals of the Donegal 2nd Level Winter League took place on Tuesday November 13th. Over 60 girls took part in the closely contested 2 day league in which Crana College of Buncrana ran out eventual winners.
The first blitz took place in Errigal College, Letterkenny and the second blitz took place in the new “Game On” sports centre also in Letterkenny. Thank you to all the players, coaches, teachers, schools and clubs for their support with this pilot initiative. A Spring Championship is currently being organised for the New Year.