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Wexford Future Stars join forces in Fun Day
Hollymount, St.Ibars was the venue on Saturday 7th October for the joint initiative of Hurl with Me and Camogie4Teens fun day. Three clubs in Wexford (Kilmore, Clonard and Gorey), under the guidance of 3 top coaches in Wexford, completed 4 weeks of the Hurl with Me programme over the months of September/October. With the aim of the programme to encourage parents to get involved and enjoy playing with their daughters, it proved to an enjoyable month for those who took part. Huge thanks to the clubs, the parents, kids and coaches for your enthusiasm and effort.
To follow on from this, the Camogie4Teens group who have completed tremendous work in 2016/2017 were provided with an Event Management Workshop delivered by Geraldine Curtis. This gave them insight into the organising of a camogie event. They quickly got to work on organising the Hurl With Me fun day and they covered every aspect from contacting clubs, inviting media, doing PR through their Facebook page, games, refreshments etc.
Huge credit to the girls, their parents and the clubs who organised, helped out and attended this event and to St.Ibars also for hosting.
Belfast Friday Night Speed league
The Belfast Speed leagues got underway on Friday 6th October and will continue over the next 6 weeks in the new Gort Na Mona 3G facility. Over the coming weeks more than 120 girls from U14 and U16 level will take part in the two half hour programme, with great numbers of players and coaches out enjoying their first session on Friday. The below images feature teams that took part on Friday night.
Speed League brief overview:
The concept is simple; fitness through small sided games which are played at speed. This is used as a participation module to help fitness levels, stick work, fun and enjoyment etc. It can be played both indoor or outdoor.

When played indoor the ball is always live and only stops when a goal is scored and the goalkeeper is encouraged to take a quick puck out with a spare ball at the net. If a point is scored and rebounds back out off the wall and the same player who scored the point catches it then they can't score again and must pass to another team mate.  The ball is always live with no stoppage of play but for frees.
There is no score kept and focus on skill development and speed of play.
Coach Education & Development 
The iCoachKids (iCK) has just published a Coaching Children Literature Review on their website to help with the development and training opportunities for coaches and children all over the world.
Anyone looking to access the literature review can click the link below:
1st and 2nd year blitzes for Carlow, Kildare and Meath Secondary Schools
Following on from the very successful 1st & 2nd year school’s blitzes that took place on Tuesday 19th September at Carlow Centre of Excellence (Fenagh) and Meath Centre of Excellence (Dunganny), school teams from Carlow, Kildare and Meath played a further blitz at Kildare Centre of Excellence (Hawkfield – with thanks to Kildare GAA) on Tuesday, 3rd October.
8 teams representing 6 different schools including Presentation/Gaelcholaiste, Carlow, Ratoath College, Boyne C.S., St. Peter’s Dunboyne, all Meath, Celbridge C.S. and Cross and Passion College, Kilcullen, both Kildare. This saw almost 100 school girls out playing camogie; for some it was their first experience of schools’ camogie. It is great to see the interest growing across the secondary schools and hopefully into the future we will see these schools developing further at the game.
Boyne Camogie Team
Celbridge Camogie Team
Cross and Passion, Kilcullen
Presentation Gaelcholaiste, Carlow
Ratoath Camogie Team
Kildare and Meath Level One Camogie Coaching Course 
Kildare completed their first very own Level One Camogie Coaching Course at the fine venue and facilities of Moorefield GAA club, Newbridge (thank you to Moorefield) recently. The participants on the course, most of whom had completed the Kildare Foundation courses in the Spring and last Autumn, wished to augment their coaching skills and experience. The job of the Level One Coach is three-fold: a. To improve player performance; b. Introduce basic principles of play; c. Provide feedback to players. The attendees are drawn from nine different Kildare clubs, under the guidance of expert tutors Lisa McAliskey and Brendan Phelan.
Coaches attending the course in Moorefield GAA, Kildare
The same tutors also carried out a similar Level 1 course for Meath at Dunboyne GAA, Co. Meath (thank you to St. Peter’s GAA club and GPO Teresa Molohan) over the past two weekends. This course, with participants from eight Meath clubs joined by participants from two North Kildare clubs, also upskilled and added to their coaching skillset under the watchful eyes of Lisa and Brendan.
Coaches attending the course in Dunboyne GAA Club, Co. Meath
Upcoming Foundation Courses 
Below are the details for upcoming Foundation Coaching Courses that will take place over the coming weeks. This course equips you for imparting the basic and key skills of the game to young girls. It is ideal for new Go Games mentors or for anyone introducing the basic skills to primary school-aged players.
·         St.Ibars/Shelmalier, Castlebridge, Wexford – 14th Oct 2017
·         St Brigids College, Loughrea, Galway – 14th Oct 2017
·         Ardclough GAA Club, Kildare – 14th Oct 2017
·         Kilcormac GAA Grounds, Tullamore, Offaly – 21st Oct 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 a speaker with details to be announced soon.
Tickets will be on sale early November. 

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