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Camogie for Teens takes place in Belfast
On November 3rd, a Camogie 4 Teens programme took place in Belfast with 30 girls involved in a coaching session taken by John “Bubbles” O’Dywer, Tipperary Hurler. It was a great start to the programme with the girls having a question and answer session with Bubbles.
Over the next three weeks the girls will take part in the young Whistle course, Mindfit workshop and Coaching module. Everyone is very excited and looking forward to an excellent programme.
Antrim host Caman Get a Grib Foundation Course
On the 4th November Antrim hosted a Caman Get a Grib where 20 participants took part from a wide spread of clubs. Ger Gribbin and Siobhan Poulter tutored on the course. Thanks to St Joseph’s Primary School, Antrim county board and all the clubs involved in making this a success.
Donegal Secondary School Participation Blitz
The first Donegal secondary school Participation Blitz took place on October 26th. Three schools and over 50 girls participated in the Donegal secondary school blitz, with more dates to follow later in the year.  It was great to see two new schools take part in camogie activity for the first time. Well done to all involved.
Camán Get Hooked in Derry
21 coaches started their Camán Get Hooked Coaching qualification in Derry on Wednesday, 1st November. Thanks to Slaughtneil for the venues and to the tutors Ger Gribbin and Lisa McAliskey.
GAA National Games Development Conference 2018
The GAA Games Development Conference 2018 is being developed in partnership with Sky Sports and will take place on Friday and Saturday, January 12th and 13th 2018 in Croke Park.? 
Friday, January 12th will feature a Youth Development forum that will investigate many of the issues related to ensuring that player is provided with an adequate programme of games, appropriate to their needs and abilities. Speakers will present on a number of initiatives that have been developed to complement the formal games programme. 
Saturday, January 13th provides an opportunity for delegates to attend sessions from speakers of national and internal renowned covering topics relevant to the player, the coach, the game and the environment. Speakers include: 
·         Paul McGinley, Professional Golfer and Captain of the European team for the Ryder Cup 2014 
·         Stephen McDonnell, former Armagh Senior Footballer 
·         Diarmuid Lyng, former Wexford Senior Hurler 
·         Tony Óg Regan, Psychologist to the Galway Minor Hurling team, All-Ireland Champions 2017 
·         Peter Keane, Manager of the Kerry Minor Football team, All Ireland Champions 2017 
·         Ashley Jones, Strength and Conditioning coach, formerly coach to the New Zealand All Blacks 
Tickets cost €60 and are available to purchase from the dedicated ticket site at
Communication and Building Rapport with Players Workshop
As part of a Player Retention Initiative, a workshop for coaches has been developed and will be rolled out around the country. The workshop entitled ‘Communication and Building Rapport with Players’ was piloted on Monday last, November 6th in Naas GAA club.
This workshop is aimed at coaches at all levels from under 8 up to adult levels. The workshop looks at the importance of communication and building rapport with players with the aim of retaining them in the sport of Camogie. This workshop gets coaches thinking about what message they send to their players and what style of communication they use.
Pictured Peter Casey (Clare) who is tutoring on the workshops and is a member of the Camogie Player Retention Working Group.
Details of the next Workshop for Coaches: Communication & Building Rapport with Players is as follows:
Date: Monday November 13th
Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
Venue: County Arms Hotel Birr, Offaly
Price: No cost
Tutor: Peter Casey (Clare)
For more information contact Caroline Murray at:
Halloween Speed Leagues
A player retention initiative took place during the Halloween break for teenagers entitled ‘Speed Leagues’. This is a simple concept where girls play small sides games at speed on astro pitches getting as many touches as possible to develop their Camogie skills and speed. The games continue with no side lines or wides and there is quick puck out after scores to keep the speed of the game up. Teams are rotated every 7-10 minutes. Girls who are not playing take part in games based coaching and stretching until their team is back on the astro.
Pictured Offaly Speed Leagues Group in St.Rynaghs GAA, Banagher

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