Coaching & Games: 1st December 2014

To keep in touch with everything on a week-to-week basis you can keep an eye on the Coaching & Games section of where fixtures and notes will be updated weekly. Award 1 Youth/Adult Coaches Course Our Award 1 Youth/Adult coaches training course which is the next step on from the Foundation Award and is aimed at coaches working with players from U13 through to adults concluded last Thursday night in St. Mels hall. This is a very important course because in 2016 all adult teams must have a person qualified at Award 1 level involved on the management team. We had a great attendance throughout the 8 weeks as 19 coaches completed the course and resulted in really enjoyable sessions and a good learning environment. 20/20 Vision For Longford This past week seen the start of our awareness campaign around the Development Plan for the improvement of Gaelic Football in Longford, which will be known as 20/20 Vision For Longford. For anyone who would like to get additional information on the plan please see the dedicated section on or for those of you who get your TV package through Crossan Cable please see CableCom Info Channel 9 for a discussion program that is playing at 7:30 every night. Next week we will have a large section in the Longford Leader which will go into greater detail around all the 5 areas of the plan and our goals for 2015 and 2016. If anyone would like to get involved in the process or has any ideas that they would like brought to the table please contact any of the names at the end of these notes. Schools Coaching Coaching for the second term has now recommenced again with the final 10 schools getting coached between now and Christmas. Coaching will be once a week for 6 weeks as we take 2-3 groups from each school with these groups coming from 1st – 4th classes. Our Post Primary Pella program for the school year continues to run every week. This Thursday will see the 1st year girls from Ballymahon VS in attendance. Next Thursday 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. Teacher Trainer program Donna Mc Cann Primary School Teacher Scoil Samhthann Ballinalee Co. Longford. As a mother to two young boys I am well accustomed to kicking ball around the garden but never in my wildest imagination did I ever imagine coaching football at any level. When Longford GAA contacted the school initially with the idea of upskilling a teacher, I was mildly apprehensive but excited about the venture. From the offset there was a great support system in place. School visits, texts and messages created a strong line of communication between the schools and the coaches. I was most impressed by the gradual release of responsibility in coaching the different age groups. We began with the GAA coach taking the group for the full session, while giving constant feedback about techniques and other strategies that could be employed. We moved onto having more input ourselves into the planning of the lessons and coaching the groups, all the time under strict supervision of the coach, to finally planning and coaching an entire session. I was fortunate to have Paddy O’Connor assigned as coach to our school. His patience and clarity guided me through the initial nerves about my capabilities of coaching a football session. Throughout the whole process he was encouraging and enthusiastic and as the weeks progressed I found my confidence growing. So enthusiastic was I that I helped to set up an after school coaching session in the school pitch for the junior classes. We have been fortunate enough to enlist the help of another teacher on staff as well as a number of supportive parents. We have had a huge interest and up on 50 kids are loving our Tuesday football sessions. I’m so pleased that Longford GAA had the insight to offer such an opportunity to teachers and that we were fortunate enough to be chosen for the pilot programme. I would have never thought that I would have the necessary skills or knowledge to take on anything football related but 3 months later I’m a self confessed GAA convert! It’s a course I would highly recommend to any teacher. Longford/Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps Anyone who couldn’t make the collections in Ballymahon, Granard or Lanesboro can pick up their gear at the GAA offices in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park between Monday & Friday from 10 – 5:30. Again thanks to everyone for your patience during this process. Development Squads Going forward all Development Squad player messages regarding Squad activities will be posted in the new Longford GAA website which can be found at and if you click into the Coaching/Development Squad section you will find all the updated information so please keep yourself informed. Tommy Mc Loughlin 086 191 4626, Paddy O Connor 086 190 4060, Damien Sheridan 087 912 6556