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 On Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th October a Lifestyle, Player Development Camogie Programme was held in Cushinstown pitch and St. Mary’s Mercy Secondary School New Ross, Co. Wexford for camogie players aged between 15 – 17 years.
This programme was open to all club camogie players of this age group within the New Ross district which consists of 7 clubs, Rathgarogue/Cushinstown, Geraldine O Hanrahan’s, Horeswood, St. James, Ramsgrange, Fethard Adamstown and Bannow/Ballymitty. It was aimed at improving player development, identifying how sport can improve a player’s lifestyle and career advancement. Thanks to all the speakers that gave of their time voluntarily, as these topics were addressed with some lively debate. Thanks to Fr. Odhran Furlong, Mattie O Gorman and Gerry McQuaid. Throughout the weekend there were members of the victorious Wexford 2010 Camogie Team on hand on a daily basis to pass on their knowledge and experiences of how Camogie has impacted on their lives, along with passing on skills of the game during the allotted advanced coaching skills sessions. Sincere thanks, to Michelle O Leary, Ciara O Connor, Jean Hayden, Catherine O Loughlin, Deirdre Codd and Mags D’arcy for their time and input.
“”Sport in Wexford is striving and in particular Camogie participation levels are on the increase. This particular age group can often fall short to player “”drop off””, therefore this programme aimed to show how important involvement in Sport and Team’s can be for personal development at this age””, Jenny Duffy Camogie RDO South Leinster.
The Weekend was packed with different events, Elite and Specialised Coaching, Nutritional advice, Lifestyle choices and Personal Development Awareness, Matchplay, along with a Questions and Answers session with Wexford All-Ireland Winning Camogie players.
At the end of the weekend all the participants received a certificate presented by Jenny Duffy, Camogie RDO who attended and officially closed the event.
To organise such an event time, effort, support and assistance is required to which we had in abundance from our senior players, speakers, St. Mary’s Mercy school, coaches Rathgarogue/Cushinstown GAA and Camogie clubs. We had the support of the County Board with our County Development Officer Noel Wilson on site all weekend. Noel co – ordinated a workshop around the topic of why girls, drop off/lose interest playing at this age? Some very useful information was gathered. The standard of the girls that participated was very impressive throughout the weekend. As a follow on to this programme it is planned to develop a Camogie competition for secondary schools in Wexford and to continue working with these clubs in terms of coaching and development with Jenny Duffy Camogie RDO, Noel Wilson County Development Officer and District Co-ordinator Ailish Whitty.
Thanks to St. Mary’s Mercy School for the use of their fantastic facilities and in particular to Marcella who looked after us so well.
A special word of Thanks, to New Ross district Camogie Co-ordinator Ailish Whitty for her hours of hard work ensuring the success of this programme. Well Done.
Last but by no means least, thanks to the 30 girls that participated for their commitment and interest. They learnt new skills, had fun and made friends so overall a job well done to all!

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