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Referee Training proves a success in Leinster
On Monday 26th August, a very successful Referee Training event took place in Leinster GAA Offices, Portlaoise. The evening saw experienced referees and tutors of Karl O’Brien and Paul Shanahan deliver the courses to 86 participants.
We had First Whistle course delivered to 42 girls from across counties of Laois, Louth, Westmeath, Meath, Offaly, Kilkenny and Kildare. Here the girls learnt the basic rules, signalling and ethos of the Go Games structure, all receiving a whistle and official camogie rule book.
Simultaneously, 44 adult referees completed the Foundation Referee course under the guidance of Karl O’Brien in the upstairs conference room. This course being more detailed and with the use of match clips for discussion on rules and interpretations. Clubs were represented here by attendees from counties Laois, Offaly, Dublin, Westmeath, Louth, Kildare, Meath, Wicklow and Cork. There was tea and refreshments for all on the night and this gave everyone the opportunity to chat and discuss their interest and reason for getting into refereeing.
From here, all county boards will receive a list of participants from their counties and are encouraged to assign these newly qualified referees to their fixture’s schedules. We look forward to continuing the upskilling of these referees and encourage those who completed First Whistle to return to the Foundation course once eligible.
Congratulations to all who attend and many thanks to Leinster Camogie, in particular Linda Kenny, Linda Secretary and Sabrina Larkin, Leinster Participation and Growth Coordinator for organising the event. Final thanks to the tutors for their time, knowledge and passion in the delivery also and to Leinster GAA for the use of their fantastic venue.
Finals of Leinster Club u16 Summer Sevens
As the Summer draws to a close and the school bells are set to ring for a new school year, the Leinster Club Summer Sevens also draws to a close. On Saturday 31st August 8 club teams will play out the Finals day in a Cup and Shield competition, played at 7 a side being held in Colt GAA Club, Laois. With players in the midst of club action, this finals day will round off a Summer of participation based fun 7’s following a day event in both Carlow and Westmeath in June and July respectively.
We look forward to welcoming the travelling teams and wish them all the best.
Final Eight: Conahy Shamrocks (KK), Lough Lene Gaels (WM), Setanta (Dub),Broadford (Kildare), Rower Inisitioge (KK), Crookedwood replace Lusmagh Drumcullen, Lisdowney (KK), O’Loughlin Gaels (KK).
Coaching Courses Requests
Any county within Leinster wishing to run a coaching course for their club coaches this coming Autumn are asked to contact Sabrina on with their preferred date(s) and venues before Friday 30th August.
Courses can be booked to run from the weekend of 14th September onwards and will run on Saturday (9.30am – 5.30pm) for Foundation Courses and on a Friday (7pm-10pm) and two successive Saturdays (9.30am-5.30pm) for Level 1 courses.
Courses will be booked in on a first come first served basis so if you have a preferred weekend please let Sabrina know.

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