Coaching & Games: 14th March 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. Half Time Draw Many thanks again to those who supported our half time draw last Sunday. Congratulations to Barney Mahon Emmet Óg who won the €100 and then donated it back to support our efforts again which was an incredibly generous thing to do. All your support is greatly appreciated, as all the money will go to support the work that the 20/20 committee are doing in the promotion of Gaelic Football within the county. This money will be spent directly on projects that fall under the remit of 20/20 and will be invaluable in supporting our initiatives. Last Sunday we also held a free kids draw for Longford GAA gear and the lucky winners were – Ella O Dea Granard, Luke Dowd Rathcline and Maria Farley Colmcille. Congratulations to you all and thanks for supporting your county. 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. 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 6 weeks. Both of last weeks Clubs found the workshop really engaging and very beneficial to both the Club and the members 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. Indoor Hurling Our primary schools Indoor Hurling Go Games are now complete. Last week seen seven finals take place with some cracking (literally as 3 Hurley’s were broken during the evening) hurling played with some very close matches. Please see below for a run down of all the finals. Div 7: Lanesboro 2 V Glen Glen for a small school always embrace our hurling competitions and this year was no different as they made their way to a final. Unfortunately for them on the day they came up against a strong Lanesboro 2 team who kept the pressure on throughout. For long period’s player of the match Kayanna Greene, who defended stoutly throughout, kept Lanesboro 2 at bay. Div 6: Ballinalee 2 V Aughnagarron 2 This was the first of many tight games on the day and it remained in the balance for long phases of play as both teams defended well and made scoring for each other difficult and it was until the last couple minutes that Aughnagarron 2 got their noses in front and as much as player of the match Shauna Heaney and her team mates tried they just couldn’t peg them back. Div 5: Abbeylara V Ballymahon 2 This was another David V Goliath contest as a small school faced off against a large even though Abbeylara would have the stronger tradition through the years. Ballymahon got their noses in front in the early part of the game and never really looked like loosening their grip on the game even if the score remained close for the duration. Abbeylara defence was well marshalled by player of the match Phillip Curran but Ballymahon won out by a single goal. Div 4: Edgeworthstown 2 V Colmcille 1 This turned out to be the final of the day as both teams went at it hammer and tongs from the off. The lead changed hands a number of times throughout the game and as full time whistle went the game was level so we entered golden goal territory and when the seventh goal of the game went in it was Colmcille who were victorious. For the Edgeworthstown 2 team who would stay on to support their number 1 team Matthew Mc Loughlin was player of the match. Div 3: Lanesboro 1 V Newtownforbes 2 In another pulsating game Lanesboro contesting their second final of the day just came up short against a really good striking Newtownforbes 2 team as they won by a singe goal in a 5 score game. Lanesboro always had a chance in the game thanks to the clearances and defending of player of the match Dúileach Ryan. Div 2: Newtownforbes 1 V Fermoyle 1 Newtownforbes contesting their second final were just to strong in the end for Fermoyle 1 who clung in for long periods led by Shane Killian who was player of the match but again you could see the tradition in the Newtown boys as their striking was cleaner and crisper as they won the 2nd trophy for the school in consecutive games. Div 1: Killoe 1 V Edgeworthstown 1 In the main final Edgeworthstown 1 were not going to go home empty handed and no doubt motivated by the lose of their number 2 team they applied pressure from the outset and Killoe just couldn’t create opportunities to score as they were under so much pressure. Thomas Walsh for Killoe got player of the match as time and again he foiled the Edgeworthstown attacks and gave his team a fighting chance for long periods but in the end the best team won out and took home the spoils. Throughout the competition there were 37 teams representing 18 schools all of which were fixtured to attend three blitz days. Congrats to all who took part and enjoyed the experience. NFL Half Time Games Last Sunday seen Longford defeat Tipperary in round 5 of the Allianz National Football League and at half time in the game the boys and girls from 4 primary schools took part in the mini games. The players were from classes’ 2nd to 4th as these games are used as an opportunity to play football for those kids who would not be playing schoolboy football. The schools competiting on the day were Abbeylara NS, Colmcille NS, Fermoyle NS and Killasonna NS. As always we thank CnamB and the schools themselves for their cooperation in running these games and we hope all the girls and boys enjoyed the day. Code of Ethics Our forth date, which was Monday last the 14 was fully booked out and our fifth date on the 23rd of March is also fully booked. I would be fairly sure these will be the last courses will run this year so if anyone is interested 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 fixtures will be released on the night of the 23rd of March at our Go Games information night. Foundation Award There are currently no plans to run another Foundation Award but if people are interested in doing the Award please contact Lorraine on the number below and if there is enough demand we will run another course. Development Squads Our U14, U15 & U16 football development squads will all be in action in the coming weeks with functional screening taking place in Athlone IT and field based sessions in advance of their first matches. 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. Keep an eye on these notes for details of how to apply for coaching positions in the weeks ahead. 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 & ‘Longford/Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps 2016’ Longford GAA Coaching & Games aims to promote Gaelic Games within the clubs of our county by providing quality coaching in a safe and fun environment for all boys and girls irrespective of ability. To that end, Longford GAA in association with Kellogg’s are once again running 11 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps over a six week period from July 4th to August 12th inclusive. Our camps cover a range of activities including Gaelic Football, Hurling, Handball and Rounder’s as well as many fun games and blitzes. All our camps are mixed from 6 to 13 years. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Longford GAA invites applications for the following positions: Summer Camp Coaches (Football, Hurling, Handball & Rounder’s) Working hours for the camps are Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 3pm. In order to secure the services of top quality personnel our Coaches can expect an attractive remuneration package. Minimum requirements

  • Minimum age – 18 years on or before the 1stJuly 2016.
  • Minimum of Foundation level GAA coaching qualification.
  • Garda vetted or proof that an application has been made.
The Garda Vetting Form can be downloaded from: *Please ensure the Garda Vetting form is printed on one sheet of paper (two sides). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We further invite applications for the following Voluntary/Work Experience positions: Summer Camp Assistant Coaches Minimum requirements
  • Minimum age requirement is 14 years of age on or before 1stJuly 2016.
  • Garda vetted or proof that an application has been made.
  • In addition to Garda Vetting, applicants under 18 years of age must also complete a Parental Consent Form which can be downloaded at Applicants for all positions must have a keen interest in the promotion of GAA activities, have an outgoing personality and be conscientious, hard working, punctual and enthusiastic while working with children. Successful applicants for all positions will be required to complete a 3-day training course, which Longford GAA will provide in late June. Applicants must also provide us with a copy of their Vetting Clearance letter prior to the commencement of the Camps. Closing date for receipt of Applications is Friday 8th April 2016. All replies should include a cover letter stating which position(s) you wish to be considered for (applicants can apply for more than one position), CV to include two referees, copy of Garda vetting letter or completed Garda vetting application form and should be forwarded to: Longford/Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Battery Road, Longford.