Coaching & Games: 20th Oct 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 Last Thursday seen the start of 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. 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 with 19 coaches enrolled on the course, which will make it really enjoyable in the weeks ahead.   Underage Fixtures Forum As part of “A Plan For Longford By Longford” outlined below, we will be hosting an Underage (U12-Minor) Fixtures Forum in mid November where all clubs will be invited to attend with a selection of mentors from U12 – Minor level as well as any other interested party. This review will be overseen by an independent committee who will in-turn report back the findings to the Development Plan committee who will explore and consider all suggestions made and work towards implementing some of these changes in the years ahead. In advance of this forum we are requesting clubs to have your own club meeting to discuss what suggestions or issues ye have with fixtures and possible solutions so that on the night of the forum everyone can get all of their points across as consciously as possible. This is your chance to have a say on the future direction of Longford Underage Club Football so we would really appreciate your engagement in this process.   Health & Well Being Seminar A seminar will take place on Monday Oct 27th at 8pm in St Mels Assembly hall Longford with registration begining at 7:30pm. The seminar is open to members of the GAA, but specifically players and coaches of U18, U21 and Senior level. Some of the speakers in attendance on the night will be as follows: Francis Black singer and founder of the RISE  (recovery in a safe environment) foundation. Francis who is in recovery herself set the foundation up to help families with loved ones in addiction. She will talk about the impact addiction has on families. John Coyle county Physio will talk about alcohol abuse. John is in recovery himself and has worked with various county teams as lead Physio over the last 25 years. He will speak about his own experience and also alcohol abuse in the GAA. Oisin McConville former Armagh All Ireland winner. Oisin will speak on gambling. He will talk about his own experience as well as gambling in GAA. Michael Quinn Longford County Footballer and Emmet Óg clubman will speak on player issues and resources available for players. Bernie Carroll from Midland Living Links will give an outline on services provided. Midland Links is an outreach support service which provides practical information, support and most importantly the listening ear to those who have experienced a loss to suicide. The provision of the service is through volunteers who have trained as facilitators in order to provide such support. At the request of the bereaved person a support worker can call to the home of the person, meet at a designated centre or at a location that best meets the persons needs. Anyone who is affected by any of the issues mentioned above are welcome to attend.   Schools Coaching Coaching in our first block of schools will finish up this week for the Halloween break with the second block of schools commencing after Halloween. 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. Last week seen 1st year boys from Ballymahon Vocational School cancel at short notice so we were unable to offer their slot to any other school. This Thursday the 1st year girls from Cnoc Mhuire Granard will be in attendance. All of these blitzes take place in Edgeworthstown Community Campus where they played for an hour and 45 minutes.   Teacher Trainer program Our Teacher Trainer Program continues to run in 3 schools throughout the county. 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. All 3 teachers have shown great enthusiasm and engagement in the program and we are really excited by the potential of this initiative. We have already 3 more schools booked in for the New Year and we hope that this can become a useful model in years to come.   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.   National Respect Exhibition Go Games Our U8 indoor football program continues this Wednesday and will run for 3 more weeks. Due to clubs pulling out mid way through this program it has made a mess of the original fixtures so please check the coaching notes on for the most up to date fixtures. Our last U12 final took place last Saturday in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. Played in blustery conditions Northern Gaels aided by the breeze were quick off the mark and by half time had built up a 1-07 to 0-01 lead. That was as good as it got for Northern Gaels as after the turnover Shannon Gaels took control and no matter how hard Northern Gaels tried they were unable to repeat their first half performance. Shannon Gaels eventually won on the scoreline of 1-11 to 1-07. As with all the other finals every player on both teams were introduced to the crowd as they received  their medal. For upcoming fixtures at U8, U10 and U12 they will be confirmed in these notes on a weekly basis, see below. Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 Fixtures Wednesday 22/10/14 U8 Indoor Football Blitz 4 Mostrim Sports Hall: 6:45-7:45 Killoe Óg, Northern Gaels, St. Mels, St. Colmcille. Newtownforbes Sports Hall: 6:30-7:30 Clonguish Óg, Clonbroney, Ballymore Shamrocks. Kenagh Sports Hall: 6:30-7:30 St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg, Longford Slashers, Shannon Gaels. 7:30-8:30 Southern Gaels, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Carrick Sarsfields. Streete Sports Hall 6:30-7:30 Streete, Wolfe Tones Óg.   Wednesday 29/10/14 U8 Indoor Football Blitz 5 Mostrim Sports Hall: 6:45-7:45 Carrick Sarsfields, Granard, Clonbroney. Newtownforbes Sports Hall: 6:30-7:30 Longford Slashers, Killoe Óg, St. Colmcille. 7:30-8:30 Clonguish Óg, Shannon Gaels, Wolfe Tones Óg. Kenagh Sports Hall: 6:30-7:30 Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Ballymore Shamrocks, St. Mels. 7:30-8:30 Southern Gaels, St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg. Streete Sports Hall 6:30-7:30 Streete, Northern Gaels.   Development Squads Our Development Squad Tournaments at U14 and U16 level conclude this week with the U16 finals taking place on Monday the 20th and the U14 finals taking place on Wednesday the 22nd. The winners of both Cup finals will get a specially designed Longford GAA training jersey. These tournaments aim to give more quality, 15 a side games to over 70 players at each age group. Going forward all player messages regarding these games and Development 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. Results from last weeks games. In the U14 Competition The Davins in the last game had a big win over The Pearse’ and that result with the the Blue and Gold getting their first win over The Midlanders means that all teams can get to the final going into the last round of games and it could all come down to score differences if results go a certain way. The finals will be played Wednesday night in Drumlish with the Shield Final at 7 and the Cup Final at 8. The U16 tournament has been a little more straight forward with The Hogans and The Cusacks both winning their first two games so they will contest the Cup final. The Shield final will be played between The O Farrell’s and The Shannonsiders. A full round up of the tournament will be in the notes next week.   U13 Pella Our club Pella program concludes this week as our last blitz takes place in Edgeworthstown. Everyone who made the effort to take part in this series of games really enjoyed it ant their players got a lot from it but unfortunately a lot of clubs said they would enter and then didn’t turn up without notifying us which resulted in some blitzes only having 3 clubs in attendance. For following weeks this resulted in our coaches wasting time having to contact clubs to see if they were coming to the next blitz and then rearranging fixtures to ensure the clubs who were attending would get meaningful variety and playing time not to mention the wasted money on renting a second hall which in hindsight-given the number of teams who didn’t turn up-we did not need. Tuesday 21/10/14 U13 Pella 6:30 – 8pm Edgeworthstown Sports Hall: Granard, Killoe Óg, St. Francis, St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Western Gaels, Clonguish Óg.   A Plan for Longford by Longford The process for the Longford GAA Football Plan is ongoing with a lot of work going on behind the scene as we start to identify the areas and programs we are going to target and we hope to be in a position to unveil the groups ideas in late November. 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 below. Tommy Mc Loughlin 086 191 4626, Paddy O Connor 086 190 4060, Damien Sheridan 087 912 6556