A new camogie coaching programme æMum and Me!’ was launched by Camogie Association President Joan O’Flynn and Director of LIT Maria Hinfelaar on Monday 17th of May in Limerick Institute of Technology.
The programme was designed by LIT GAA Development Officer Eddie O’Sullivan and piloted in his home club Blackrock.
The final evening of the 6 week pilot was held in LIT as the players aged 8-10 took part in a series of fun games which tested the skills learned in the previous weeks.
The players and parents were presented with certificates by Joan 0’Flynn and Maria Hinfelaar in the LIT Boardroom
The aim of the programme is to increase the involvement of parents helping out with underage coaching and to provide each participant with the proper coaching information and technique to coach the basic skills required to play the game. Mothers are taught the technique and key coaching points of 7 basic skills of camogie and how to practice these with their daughter.
At the end of each session the tutor will give each Mother and Daughter drills to work on between sessions. To ensure that the coaching technique is consistent a fridge magnet with the key coaching points on it will be handed to each Mother to refer to.
Munster Development Officer Deirdre Murphy paid tribute to the programme creator Eddie O’Sullivan;
æThis came about from a conversation in the office one day in LIT and it’s something Eddie has put huge amounts of time and effort into. The result is a fantastic programme that we will roll out on a national basis and we hope that it will be effective in reinforcing the idea of practicing the skills of camogie with parents at home as a fun and rewarding activity for both Mother and Daughter.’