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Leinster School Development – Junior Novice Regionals
Last week saw the ever-growing Leinster Secondary School Junior Novice Games take place in Meath Centre of Excellence, Dunganny and Blessington GAA pitches in Wicklow. This initiative was for those schools not competing in Leinster Post Primary competition structures and encouraged new and growing schools to get their teeth into camogie development within their school set up.
With close to 500 girls taking part, the days were split into two waves (morning and afternoon waves). Tuesday 9th April saw 15 schools play across 19 teams in the Meath venue with 228 girls getting the opportunity to play camogie, some for the very first time.
These included: Scoil Mhuire, Killina,Boyne CS, Sacred Heart Louth, Rathoath College,Athboy, Our Ladys College Greenhills, Gallen CS, Colaiste de Lacy, St.Josephs Mercy, St.Peters Dunboyne, Ashbourne CS, Eureka College, Columba College and Lanesboro CC.
Wednesday was the turn of Blessington to host, where 17 schools were represented by 264 girls playing their hearts out in the April sunshine. It was great to see the host village of Blessington with a school team attending under the guidance of PE Teacher Ms.Mckeon. Also in attendance were: Duiske College, Scoil Airegeail, Meanscoil Gharman, St.Kevins Dunlavin, St.Leos College, Presentation/Gaelscholaiste Carlow, Colaiste Chiarain, Colaiste de Mara, Curragh PPS, St.Marys Arklow, Kildare Town CS, Athy CC, Ardscoil na Trionoide, Colaiste Pobail Osrai, Colaiste Raithin and Celbridge CS.
Schools from across the province were represented and 8 from each venue will now progress to the Development Finals on Wednesday 8th May in Rathleague,Portlaoise where there will be more games, prizes and surprises up for grabs.
Massive congratulations to all the players, teachers, schools and helpers on the day – ye were fantastic and left the facilities immaculate as you found them.
Thanks also to the First Whistle Referees on the day, some of which just recently completed their First Whistle courses in Dublin and Carlow. Thanks also to both venues for the fantastic facilities and help in making it an enjoyable day for all. We look forward now to the finals day in Laois and wish each team all the best.  I’d also like to thank Leinster Camogie for their help and support with this initiative and Cul Sliotars for their continued support also. Roll on May!!
Coach Upskilling
The last of our coaching courses for this side of the Summer will take place over the coming two weeks after what has been a busy few months of coach education and workshops in Leinster. On April 6th the Camogie4Teens Foundation course took place in Blackwater, Wexford with 8 young coaches taking part as an element of their teenage retention programme and joined by 4 local club coaches. The following day two more foundation course took place in Wexfords, St. Annes club and in Ballinakill Centre of Excellence in Co. Wicklow which saw another 48 coaches complete their qualification. On Saturday 6th April, David Herity delivered an excellent Goalkeeping Workshop in Callan, Co. Kilkenny with 17 goalkeepers getting top class advice from the former Kilkenny hurler. 10 club coaches were also in attendance and hopefully will bring back some of the coaching to their clubs. On Saturday past (13th April) Blacks and Whites club in Kilkenny hosted a full foundation course also under the guidance of tutors Donal Ryan and Ted Walsh.
Upcoming: Another Goalkeeping workshop will run in Wexford this Saturday 20th April in Marshalstown from 10am-12noon and all club coaches are encouraged and welcome to attend. The county goalkeepers will also be attendance. Also, this Saturday, Offaly host their Foundation course in Kinnity GAA. Next week’s sees the last course of this season take place in Ballacolla, Laois on April 27th from 9.30am-5.30pm.
Easter Camps
Westmeath Camogie, Wicklow Camogie and Carlow Camogie are all running Easter Camps this year over the school holidays. Westmeath’s run theirs next week over the 3 days and it promises to be a jam packed few days.If interested in attending you can contact the county secretary. The camp in Wicklow is always one that draws a lot of support and this year is no exception, whilst in
Carlow, a one-day camp took place yesterday, Monday 15th April, with 24 girls participating in skills, games and a nutrition and lifestyle talk. With undesirable weather conditions, many thanks must be given to Kildavin GAA, for the use of the indoor facilities at short notice which made the day more enjoyable for the girls. Well done to all.

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