This is the time of year where camogie camp activity really comes to life!
A super camogie camp took place in Kildare from the 7th to the 9th of August. This was Kildare’s first ever Super Camogie camp and was primarily aimed at girls aged 7 to 12 years of age. The girls took part in 3 days of action-packed fun-filled activities which revolved around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participation in Camogie.
26 girls took part in total from 10 different clubs across Kildare. The girls experienced first hand top class coaching by Inter-county Camogie sisters Aoife and Fiona Trant over the 3 days.
Kildare Camogie captain Niamh Breen also visited the camp with the Irish Daily Star League cup and Aoife Trant also brought her Player of the Year awards along for the girls to see and hold. A big thank you to Kildare GAA for the use of their excellent facilities in Hawkfield and to all the girls and coaches for a very successful camp!!!
48 girls took part in an advanced Camogie Lifestyle & Performance Camp from the 17th to the 19th of July in two venues in Dublin. Erins isle and Faughs Celtic hosted these camps that were aimed at girls not involved with County Development squads. The girls represented over 10 different clubs across Dublin.
Various Dublin Senior Camogie players took time out of their busy schedule to come and train the girls along with Dublin GPOs. Over the three days the girls learned advanced training techniques and listened to advice from their Camogie idols.
Nutritionist Lauren Delaney attended both camps and gave the girls an insight into what they should be consuming as young athletes before, during and after training/matches and the importance of nutrition and hydration. It is hoped that the girls will bring back the great experience they have gained to their clubs. A big thank you to all involved
• Dublin GPO’s Sean Crowley, Tom O Mahony and Paul O Brien
• Dublin Senior Camogie Players – Ciara Burgess, Aine Fanning, Orlaith Durkan, Fiona Hayes and Mairi Moynihan
• Venue Helpers: Cathy Connaghan, Lorriane Connaghan, Hannah Gleeson and Julie O Keffe
For more information on camogie in Kildare/ Dublin, please contact Carol Nolan on email@example.com
Yvonne Byrne Regional Development Officer with the Camogie Association co-ordinated a very successful 3 day camp in the Na Magha Club in Derry city. This 3 day camp consisted of skill development and fun games. There were 32 girls from the ages of 6 to 15 years on the camp. Club secretary Sharon McCullagh was delighted with the response as 16 of these were newcomers to the sport. Prizes and t-shirts were given out on the last day and it is hoped that the newcomers will now join the club and continue to play Camogie in Derry city.
Earlier this week a very successful camp was run in Birr in Offaly by Lizzie Flynn Regional Development Officer for Offaly in conjunction with the Offaly County Board. The camp was run for girls between the ages of 6 and 12 years with 73 girls attending in total. Thanks to Michaela Morkan, Aoife Kelly ad Shelia Sullivan, Offaly Camogie Players who coached on the camp and advised the young players in relation to all aspects of the game. At the end of the 2-day camp each girl received a camogie t-shirt and had the opportunity to quiz the coaches. Thanks also to Michelle Maher and Jason Flynn for coaching. Everyone is looking forward to next year’s camp already!!!
Camogie Under Age Development Model
As part of the Camogie Associations underage development model the roll out of the under 15 development programme is a focus in 2012. This development model encourages all counties to run a development programme for their under 15 players. The idea of this model is to encourage players from all clubs in the county to participate in organised sessions (Schools of Excellence) over a set number of weeks. This programme concludes on Saturday August 18th with a National participation blitz. These blitzes will take place in O’ Loughlin Gaels, James Stephens and Clara pitches in Kilkenny. Thanks to the clubs in Kilkenny for use of their grounds for a blitz that encourages participation and games for all.
The teams who participated in the blitz will take part in a parade at half time in the Wexford and Offaly game at Nowlan Park. This gives them the recognition they deserve for all the hard work they have put in. Sincere thanks to all counties who have undertaken this development programme and to their mentors for the time they dedicate to these young players. Thanks also to the parents who provide taxis to training/matches and who encourage and support their daughters’ participation in every way.
Under 14 All Ireland Championship Blitz
On Saturday September 15th the Inaugural Under 14 All Ireland Championship blitz competition will be held in Dublin. This competition is just one of the many Camogie activities taking place over All Ireland Camogie finals weekend. The players who participate in the competition on Saturday will parade in front of the crowd in Croke Park on Sunday September 16th at the All Ireland Finals.
Thanks to the provincial councils who have run the Under-14 blitzes to date. For the first time ever the Connacht provincial blitz had 5 counties in the province taking part in the blitz. Ulster ran a successful Under-14 blitz last weekend in Portaferry in Co. Down. The Leinster Blitz will take place on Sunday the 19th of August in Portlaoise GAA pitch and the Munster Blitz will take place in Dr Maurice Park Thurles on the 26th of August.
Munster Summer 7s
The inaugural Munster U18 Summer 7s camogie tournament was held in Mallow GAA Club this Sunday July 22nd. The 12 competing clubs in the 3 Divisions had already competed in and won the U18 7s tournaments in their own counties to qualify to take part in the Munster Blitz.
The excellent facilities at Mallow GAA Club ensured that a really enjoyable day was had by all, with some cracking games of camogie played. The skill levels displayed by all involved ensured an exhibition of all that is best in the game of camogie. Burgees/Duharra won the Division One Final., Eire Og of Cork the Division Two and Millstreet of Cork the Division Three final.
For further information please contact Munster Camogie Development Officer Deirdre Murphy: Email: Deirdre@camogie.ie Mobile: 087 6415485