Waterford Camogie Academy was officially launched at WIT Sports Complex in Carriganore bringing to fruition an important development initiative for the promotion of camogie in the county.
De La Salles Joey Carton, one of the founder members of the academy explained that the Academy will be introduced on a phased basis to include over 60 players from County U14 & U16 squads respectively in 2012.
It is hoped that in 2013, the county U18 squads will be included and that by 2016, U13 & U15 squads will also be attending the academy.
In a wide-ranging presentation Carton, outlined that the academy will take place every fortnight from May to August with training sessions to focus primarily on the development of technical skills and also to incorporate lifestyle, diet and nutritional advice for young camogie players.
It is also envisaged that the Academy will assist in the development of under-age players with a view to representing their county at adult senior level in later years and that help will also be provided to inter-county teams.
An acknowledgement was also made of the significant importance of WIT and the National Hurling and Camogie Development Centre; the assistance of Munster Camogie Council; Waterford camogie player Patricia Jackman and Brendan Donnelly of the Brickey Rangers Club.
Other speakers on the night included Sinead Nealon of WIT and Waterford Camogie Board Chairperson Tricia McCarthy who pledged the full support of the Board for the Academy.