Coaching & Games: 13th April 2015

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 recently all correspondence with clubs will now be conducted via email and through the club secretaries’ address ONLY. There are two addresses per club, one for the adult club (secretary.clubname.longford@gaa.ie) and one for the underage section (secretarybng.clubname.longford@gaa.ie). It is all clubs responsibility to ensure someone is monitoring these accounts and passing the information to the relevant people. 20/20 Vision For Longford Coaching Workshops Concussion Awareness Workshop Details in next week’s notes. Award 1 Youth Course All five Clubs involved in this program have now had their first club based session and to date everything has been going smoothly so we would like to congratulate and thank each club for their organisation and we look forward to the remaining four session in the weeks and months ahead. U13 All County Competition Last week seen details of our U13 competition sent to all clubs with all dates and the first round of fixtures appearing on the Master Fixtures list that is circulated weekly. This U13 competition has been designed so as to give more players the chance to play 15 a side football against teams of a similar ability. There are 11 teams taking part which are made up of 5 Clubs, 2 Amalgamations and 4 Regional Units and those teams are as follows: Clonguish Óg, East Longford (Wolfe Tones Óg/Clonbroney), Granard Ballymore, Killoe Óg, Longford Slashers, Mid Longford (Carrick Sarsfields/St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg), North Longford (St. Colmcilles/St. Francis), Northern Gaels, South Longford (Ballymahon Forgney Gaels/Southern Gaels), St. Patricks Óg and Western Gaels. The competition has been drawn up in a blitz type format that will allow each team two matches per fixture with winning teams progressing and losing teams going through the back door with the chance of still reaching one of two finals. The competition will commence on May 14th and run for four Thursdays in concession. Go Games Fixtures This Saturday sees our four hurling clubs take part in our first Go Games blitz of the year that will take place in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park and will involve teams at both U8 and U10 level. Please see below for all up to date fixtures in our Go Games program. All blitzes to start at 7pm unless stated differently. 15/4/15 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 Blitz 2 Ballymahon: Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels Ballymore: Ballymore Shamrocks, Granard, St. Francis, Wolfe Tones Óg Legan: Carrick Sarsfields, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, St. Patricks Óg, Northern Gaels Ballinalee: Clonbroney, Longford Slashers, St. Colmcilles, St. Vincents Clonguish: Clonguish Óg, Grattan Gaels, Killoe Óg 22/4/15 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 Blitz 1 Lanesboro: Shannon Gaels, St. Patricks Óg, Longford Slashers, Ballymore Shamrocks Killashee: Southern Gaels, Grattan Gaels, Northern Gaels Colmcille: St. Colmcilles, Wolfe Tones Óg, Clonbroney, Granard Kenagh: St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Carrick Sarsfields, Clonguish Óg Dromard: St. Francis, St. Vincents, Killoe Óg 6/5/15 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 Blitz 3 – 7pm Granard: Granard, Wolfe Tones Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels Grattans: Grattan Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg Killoe: Killoe Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Clonbroney, Clonguish Óg Longford Slashers: Longford Slashers, St. Patricks Óg, St. Vincents Mullinalaghta: Northern Gaels, St. Colmcilles, St. Francis, Ballymore Shamrocks Club Development Our three club development facilitators have been busy getting around to all our Underage Sections conducting a review or where the club is currently at as regards club development needs and this process will continue in the weeks and months ahead as clubs identify there most pressing developmental need and Longford C&G will deliver a workshop to address these needs throughout the summer. Schools Coaching As schools recommence for their final term we begin the rollout of our Urban specific program. This program is designed to get more kids in the Templemichael area participating within the GAA and getting greater engagement between parents and the local clubs. As part of this program Longford GAA, in consultation with Grattan Gaels and Longford Slashers, have developed three phases, the first phase will be sending coaches into all 7 town schools each week for a 5 week period to coach kids within their classes. The second phase will include a schools blitz every Wednesday in St. Mels College where schools can bring a class of kids and we will break them down into small sided teams and with the help of TY students who will act as team managers and referees. The third phase is a club specific program whereby each Club are requested to arrange and run a promotional activity which will be supported by C & G personnel on two occasions over the next 5 weeks. Our Post Primary Pella program for the school year is drawing to a close with just three days left. This Thursday the 16th April will see the boys from Templemichael attend and to cap of the Pella program for the year we will have our 1st year girls finals on the 23rd and our 1st year boys finals on the 30th. All of these blitzes take place in Edgeworthstown Community Campus where they play for an hour and 45 minutes. Development Squads Our U14 football squad had a busy week meeting up for the first time with 2 skills sessions and getting their skills test completed. They will now have a session on Saturday morning – details on the website. Both U15 and U16 football squads had their Easter Skills camp where on day one they did a skills and teamplay session and day two they were in the Longford GAA Gym where Dr. Siobhan O Connor from AIT and her injury rehabilitation students did a very informative session with both squads. It was a mix of a presentation and practical work on injury prevention and care which also included practical exercises players will do themselves at home and during training. Both squads have a pitch session this weekend – details on the website. On Wednesday our U14 and U16  hurlers do their first session with new county coach Adrian Moran. They will have sessions for the next 3 Wednesdays and will have a blitz on the 2nd of May against Leitrim and Louth. Our U16 football squad will play Roscommon in Rathcline on Saturday the 25th in another challenge and will have a number of skill sessions in the weeks ahead. All updated development squad news can be got on the Longford GAA website at http://longfordgaa.ie/development-squad-news/ Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camp Dates The Kellogg’g GAA Cúl Camp website is now live and the bookings have already started to come through and the official launch will not be taking place until the end of April so it just shows the keen interest that there is in our camps. The website can be viewed at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie The kits have been ordered already which will see a half zip warm up top and modern jersey replace the traditional jersey, shorts and socks as well as including the trusty school bag in county colours. 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 6th – 10th: Abbeylara, Dromard & Longford Slashers July 13th – 17th: Ballymahon, Killoe & Newtownforbes July 20th – 24th: Ardagh & Granard July 27th – 31st: Carrickedmond & Lanesboro Tommy Mc Loughlin 086 191 4626, Paddy O Connor 086 190 4060, Damien Sheridan 087 912 6556 or follow us on Twitter @OfficialLDGAA & www.longfordgaa.ie