Coaching & Games: 11th April 2016

Longford GAA Coaching & Games To keep in touch with everything on a week-to-week basis you can keep an eye on the Coaching & Games section where fixtures and notes will be updated weekly. 20/20 Communication As per contact from Damien all correspondence with clubs will now be conducted via email and through the Club Underage secretaries’ address ONLY. Every Underage Section has their own secretaries address ad goes along the lines as follows: ( It is all clubs responsibility to ensure someone is monitoring this accounts and passing the information to the relevant people. Go Games  Last Saturday seen the start of our Go Games program for 2016 as we held three blitzes in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. All except two Clubs attended these blitzes and with more than 200 kids participating on the day it was a huge success. Our kids all took part in cheering off the almost 400 cyclists taking part in the Terry Mc Cormack Memorial Cycle who were like a swarm of bees coming up the Lisbrack road, congratulations to everyone involved in the events. The blitz fixtures will now revert to Wednesday nights, as usual, starting with our first U8 blitz this Wednesday the 13th in various Club venues throughout the county. Blitzes will then run on alternate Wednesday nights with only the 27th of April missed due to the Longford GAA Raceday in Punchestown. Please see below for all up coming fixtures but please remember to contact the host Club in advance incase there are any changes. U10 Go Games Fixtures 20/04/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 – 7pm Lansesboro: Shannon Gaels, Wolfe Tones Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Longford Slashers Killashee: Southern Gaels, St. Patricks Óg, Clonbroney, Clonguish Óg Colmcille: St. Colmcilles, Granard, Killoe Óg Kenagh: St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Grattan Gaels, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels Dromard: St. Francis, Northern Gaels, St. Vincents, Ballymore Shamrocks 11/05/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 – 7pm Ardagh: St. Patricks Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Grattan Gaels, Longford Slashers Drumlish: St. Vincents, St. Francis, Clonguish Óg, Killoe Óg Edgeworthstown: Wolfe Tones Óg, Southern Gaels, Northern Gaels Forgney: Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Shannon Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg Ballymore: Ballymore Shamrocks, St. Colmcilles, Clonbroney, Granard U8 Go Games Fixtures 13/04/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 – 7pm Ballymahon: Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Grattan Gaels, Shannon Gaels. Ballymore: Ballymore Shamrocks, Granard, Northern Gaels, Wolfe Tones Óg Legan: Carrick Sarsfields, Southern Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, St. Patricks Óg Ballinalee: Clonbroney, Killoe Óg, St. Colmcilles, St. Francis Clonguish: Clonguish Óg, St. Vincents, Longford Slashers 4/05/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 – 7pm Granard: Granard, St. Colmcilles, Clonguish Óg Grattans: Grattan Gaels, Shannon Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels Killoe: Killoe Óg, Southern Gaels, St. Vincents, Wolfe Tones Óg Longford Slashers: Longford Slashers, St. Patricks Óg, Carrick Sarsfields Mullinalaghta: Northern Gaels, St. Francis, Ballymore Shamrocks, Clonbroney Schools The Transition Year students in Ballymahon Vocational School and Mercy College Ballymahon commenced their coaching course last week that will culminate in the weeks ahead with coaching in the local primary school as well as assisting in the running of a 3rd/4th class blitz for the local primary schools. Longford GAA Events Calendar For 2016 we have introduced an Events Calendar on our website at This calendar contains everything a Longford GAA person might need to know from our full fixtures program to Club workshops to County Board meetings to National fixtures to other large sporting events so as everyone can see what’s happening in the weeks and months ahead. Any changes made will be updated on the calendar in real time and will constantly evolve as different scenarios arise. This should be people’s first port of call for information regarding Longford GAA events and a detailed schedule can even be printed off from the agenda heading. Longford GAA Website We are doing a lot of work updating or website with information and resources that people might be interested in and trying to use the website as the first source for all information someone might want to find out. Some new additions include an updated Go Games section that includes fixtures, rules, things to know as well as U12 fixtures and rules for all our competitions. and click Downloads. We now have all underage mentors contacts available by following and clicking the relevant tab. We also have a new referees section that is available on the home page and finally something that is still a work in progress, as there is a lot of information to collate, but we are developing a player profile section for all our football squads that will include a photo and some player information that can be accessed through Underage Club Workshops The roll out of our 54 workshops for the year is well under way and will continue every Monday and Tuesday as per the calendar as outlined above. For 2016 we decided to put a comprehensive program in place where every Underage Section will receive three Workshops delivered within their own Club, for their own mentors and specific to their own Clubs needs. All these dates have been assigned and communicated to Clubs and can be found on the Calendar. Every date is on a Monday or a Tuesday running until the 28th of June. Nutrition & Health Promotion One of the workshops that is mandatory for all Clubs is our Parent & Child Nutrition & Health Promotion Workshop, which will be delivered by our Athlone IT Intern, and again these dates can be found on the events calendar. Theresa started with us in mid January and has been visiting the primary schools of the County delivering a similar program to kids from 1st to 6th classes. Theresa will be delivering this workshop to two Clubs per week for the next 3 weeks. To date every Club that has had a workshop has found it really engaging and very beneficial to both the Club and the member’s families. One think that has transpired since Theresa started delivering the workshop is the number of questions she has got and the interest from adults as regards their own health especially around their lunches so this is turning out to be very beneficial to all who attend. Code of Ethics To date almost 100 people have attended this workshop so far this year. If anyone is still interested in completing this course please call Lorraine on 043 3345 219 to put your name on the list for the next available place. U12 Longford Leitrim Mini League 2016 will see the continuation of our link up with Leitrim GAA for our U12 Mini Leagues. This competition enters its 3rd year and has grown again for 2016. This year will see 12 Longford and 12 Leitrim Clubs take part in three divisions over a 5/6 week period starting in June. Details of the parings were released at the Go Games info night of the 23rd of March and fixtures are currently on the website as outlined above. Foundation Award We have scheduled another Foundation Award to take place on May 14th and this will be the last course for the year. If people are interested in doing the Award please contact Lorraine on the number below to book your place, as spaces are limited. Development Squads All information on our squads will be updated on our website at and clicking the relevant squad. A new section to our Development Squad page is player profiles for all our squad members. We are currently compiling their profile information and then we will get their photos taken to go with the profile. Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps We don’t have the weather yet but that doesn’t mean we stop planning for the summer. We have been fielding requests for information since January from people looking to book holidays and not wanting to miss their favourite camp so now the The Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp website is live and can be view at where all details of our camps can be accessed. Due to a number of reasons we have had to change our schedule slightly this year so please see below for details as you start planning your summer holidays. July 4th – 8th: Abbeylara & Dromard July 11th – 15th: Longford Slashers, Carrickedmond & Killoe July 18th – 22nd: Newtownforbes & Ardagh July 25th – 29th: Granard, Lanesboro & Ballymahon August 8th – 12th Ballinalee Please see below for details of how to apply for coaching positions. Lorraine GAA Office 043 3345 219, Tommy Mc Loughlin 086 191 4626, Paddy O Connor 086 190 4060, Damien Sheridan 087 912 6556 or follow us on Twitter @OfficialLDGAA &