Coaching & Games: 16th March 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. Leinster U21 Football Championship  This Wednesday night the 18th sees Longford’s campaign in the Leinster U21 football championship continue as they take on Dublin in Navan at 7:30. We in C & G would again like to wish Frank and the team the very best of good luck in the game and throughout their campaign. Please see game preview elsewhere in this paper. 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 Next Mondays final Code of Ethics course is now fully booked. Last Thursday night one of our clubs held a Code of Ethics course on their own which 19 people attended and as we will not be hosting any further courses we would suggest that those clubs interested in getting their members trained up should consider running their own course and we can put them in contact with some tutors. For those on the list for next Monday the 23rd the course is in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park and participants should be at the venue by 6:45 – only those on the list will be allowed attend and the course costs €10 per person. Upon completion of this final course that will bring the number of GAA people who attended this course in the last three months to approximately 150. Coaching Workshops On Wednesday 25th of March at 8pm in St. Mels College we will be holding a workshop on “Gaelic 15” which is a series of exercises that can be used to prevent injury in our players or as a standard warm up routine prior to training or matches. The exercises are broken into 6 key areas (running, strengthening, sport balance, jumps, hamstrings and sport specific activities). Places are free of charge for both workshops but must be booked by contacting Damien on 087 912 6556. On Wednesday last the 11th Longford GAA held a Resistance Training workshop for coaches of teenage players on in St. Mels college which was attended by 26 very eager coaches. This workshop was designed to assist coaches in delivering exercises that will prevent injury, increase player mobility, speed and power. The type of exercises covered were all age appropriate for the teenage player and covered in detail the coaching points to help understanding and to aid in performing the exercise correctly. On completition of the program all coaches received a handout with a bank of exercises which they would have gained the knowledge in delivering. National Respect Go Games Week The week beginning Monday the 30/3/15 is National Go Games week where every county in the country will be hosting Go Games blitzes to mark the occasion so we in Longford are going to host our first Go Games blitz of the year in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday 4/4/15 where each club will be invited to attend an U10 blitz. There will be 3 blitzes held starting at 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm with a limited number of slots in each blitz and clubs will be requested to pick which blitz they want to attend at the information night as outlined below. Go Games Information Night We will be holding our annual Go Games Information Night on Wednesday 1/4/15 in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park starting at 7pm. Representatives from all Underage Sections are required to attend so as to agree fixtures for all U8 & U10 blitzes, to revise all information surrounding the roll out of the Go Games program, to get up to date information regarding our expanded U12 Longford Leitrim Mini League, to provide contact details for all coaches and mentors of all club teams and to have your input into the running of the Go Games program for 2015. Schools Coaching We continue to roll out our program of Fundamentals with Junior and Senior infant kids from all school where those kids had not been taken from September to December. This program aims to provide all kids with the opportunity to participate in fun filled activities and games which will promote physical activity and improve all kids fundamental movement skills (Agility, Balance, Coordination, Running, Jumping, Throwing, Catching, Passing, Kicking). This program has two more weeks to run up to the Easter holidays and will be taking place in 21 schools. We would like to welcome on board Adrian Moran from Westmeath as our new Hurling coach, Adrian has a lot of experience working for Leinster GAA over the years as well as being qualified at Award 2 level. Adrian has already started coaching within the schools that are going to take part in our outdoor hurling championship after Easter as well as working within the schools nominated by the hurling clubs. We wish Adrian all the best in his time with us. Last week seen the commencement of our Post Primary 1st year boy’s invitational tournament involving our own St. Mels, the Marist Athlone, St. Nathy’s Ballaghadereen and Roscommon CBS. This competition will run off over 6 weeks on a league basis with the top two teams taking part in the final, which will be played in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park after the Easter Holidays. Our Post Primary Pella program for the school year continues to run every week. This Thursday the 19th will see the 1st year Girls from Ballymahon VS attend. Next Thursday the 26th March will see the 1st year Girls from Moyne CS attend. All of these blitzes take place in Edgeworthstown Community Campus where they play for an hour and 45 minutes. Halftime Games Longford are building nicely towards promotion from Div 4 as they sit atop the division but with 2 big games to come all is still to play for. Longford’s final home game is against Offaly on Sunday 29th March and it would be great to have a big crowd for this final home game which victory for Longford will guarantee promotion and a place in the League final in Croke Park. The four schools taking part on that day are as follows: Aughnagarron, Bunlahy, Edgeworthstown and Scoil Mhuire Newtownforbes. These games are open to 2nd – 4th class boys and girls with the games played at 11 a side. No doubt all these boys and girls will have an enjoyable day at the home of Longford GAA Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. Teacher Trainer program Our Teacher Trainer Program in Ballymahon, Fermoyle and Newtowncashel National Schools continues to run this week. This program will run for 6 weeks from early February until the Easter break. What this program entails is one of our coaches going into a school and up skilling 1 teacher so that they can in turn coach all kids within the school the fundamentals and the basic skills of Gaelic Football.  Development Squads U14 football squad trials start this week on Saturday morning. All clubs have been notified and details are also on the website of all trial dates as outlined below. Our U16 football development squad have their third and final athlete development session in the county gym this Thursday. They will then be given a program to do at home. This group also have their first game of the season next weekend at they travel to Thurles to take on Cork in a challenge. The U15 squad continued their program of 3 sessions on Monday last and they will have their final session this Monday and commence their pitch based work on Saturday morning. Details of these sessions and all sessions going forward will appear on the Longford GAA website as outlined below. Both our U15 and U16 football squads for 2016 have been selected and both panels are posted on the Development Squad section of www.longfordgaa.ie under Coaching. As well as both squads there are also details of our U13 Skills School and dates for our U14 trials. Going forward all Development Squad player messages regarding Squad activities will be posted on this website and if you click into the Coaching/Development Squad section you will find all the updated information so players and parents please keep yourself informed. Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camp Dates We are not even out of winter and we are already planning for the long hot days of summer but when you cater for 90,000 kids over 8 weeks preperation has to begin this early. 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