Coaching & Games: 15th February 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 of the Longford Leader 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. Club Underage Section Audits As outlined at the 20/20 Club Information Night every Underage Section will be audited by the end of February by one of our 8 Club Facilitators. These facilitators are in the process of contacting Clubs to meet them so as to get back their completed questionnaire and advise on the next steps, which need to be taken. 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 As engagement with our workshops in recent years has been poor we have 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 as outlined above. Every date is on a Monday or a Tuesday starting on the 22nd of February and 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. It’s really amazing what kids know about the foods/drinks that are good and bad for them but unfortunately these kids don’t do the grocery shopping or make the lunch so maybe there is learning in that somewhere. Hurling Development Officer Longford and Leitrim GAA’s have combined once again but this time on the Hurling front as we are working together to share a Hurling Development Officer. Michael Carroll has been appointed to the position and is currently in our primary schools coaching the kids who are taking part in the Indoor Hurling competition. Michael has also met members of the four Hurling Clubs and agreed a plan of action to up skill coaches and run developmental programs to name just two. Code of Ethics To date we have run one Code of Ethics course and a second is fully booked out. Our third date which is the 9th of March is almost full but we will keep running courses as long as there is demand 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 with places available for 10 Longford Clubs to join 10 Leitrim Clubs playing over 2 Divisions. An email has been sent to all Underage Secretaries requesting Clubs to express their interest in taking part for 2016. Foundation Award This Thursday sees the conclusion of our second Foundation Award as 20 more coaches from the Ardscoil Phadraig Hall in Granard join the 22 from Drumlish Community Center in having completed the course. This is currently the last plan course but if people are interested in doing the Award please contact Lorraine on the number below. 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. We have organised an elite coaches Workshop exclusively for all our football squad mentors, which will take place in the coming weeks and will be delivered by external expert coaches/tutors so we ensure all our coaches get the best supports possible to assist in developing the next generation of Longford footballers. 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 &