Coaching & Games: 22nd Sep 2014

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. Award 1 Youth/Adult Coaches Course On the 16th of October we start our Award 1 Youth/Adult coaches training course, this 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. Places on this course are limited so please contact Damien on the number below for more information or to book your place. Schools Coaching Our coaches have been in contact with all schools to agree slots for coaching between now and Christmas and coaching commenced last week. In our primary schools 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. This Friday sees the first Leinster 1st year football blitz take place with the second taking place on the last week before the Halloween break. Last Thursday also seen the start of our Post Primary Pella program for the school year as 1st & 2nd years boys from Templemichael College attended Edgeworthstown Community Campus where they played for an hour and 45 minutes, as always, all who attended had a great time and really enjoyed the games. This Thursday sees the 1st year girls from Scoil Mhuire Longford attend. Teacher Trainer Program Last week seen us commence our Teacher Trainer Program 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 from Granard or Ballymahon who were unable to collect your gear on from the local pitch can now collect it in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park from Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm. We are still awaiting the backpacks to be delivered so I will not be in contact with those who attended our Lanesboro camp until the bags arrive which will hopefully be before September has passed. Once they arrive we will send a text message confirming arrangements for collection. National Respect Exhibition Go Games Our U8 outdoor Go Games program is now complete with the indoor program commencing shortly. Our U10 program will continue with the floodlit blitzes and our U12 program is in the knockout stages. 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 1/10/14 Indoor Football Blitz 1

Mostrim Sports Hall:  

6:45-7:45 Carrick Sarsfields, Northern Gaels, Ballymore Shamrocks.

7:45-8:45 Wolfe Tones Óg, Clonbroney, St. Mels. Newtownforbes Sports Hall:    
6:30-7:30 Killoe Óg, Clonguish Óg.
7:30-8:30 St. Vincents, St. Colmcille, St. Francis.
Kenagh Sports Hall:    
6:30-7:30 St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg, Longford Slashers, St. Patricks Óg.
7:30-8:30 Shannon Gaels, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Southern Gaels.
Streete Sports Hall:
6:30-7:30 Streete, Granard. Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 Fixtures Wednesday 24/9/14 Blitz 11 at 7pm Drumlish: St. Vincents, St. Francis, Killoe Óg, Granard, Ballymore Shamrocks. Clonguish: Clonguish Óg, Wolfe Tones Óg, St. Patricks Óg, St. Colmcilles, Carrick Sarsfields. Cashel: Southern Gaels, Longford Slashers, Grattan Gaels, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels. Our U12 competitions are now all in knockout stages with finals to be played on the 27/9/14 in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. Fixtures for all remaining games will be printed here on a weekly basis but please see www.longford.gaa.ie/gogames for a complete fixture list for all Go Games age groups. Respect Exhibition Go Games Longford Mini League U12 Fixtures (All games @ 7pm) Longford GAA U12 Mini League Finals Day in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park Saturday 27/9/14 Div2 Plate 11am Gratten Gaels V Southern Gaels Div 2 Shield 12pm Ballymahon Forgney Gaels V St. Francis Div 1 Cup 1pm Longford Slashers V Shannon Gaels Development Squads Our U14 football squad played a challenge game against Leitrim on Saturday morning. Longford had 2 teams playing, in the first game our lads didn’t get going at all in the first half but improved as the game went on. The second game was of much the same where the start had a big bearing on the game. The squads skills have improved but they just didn’t click on Saturday. They now all go on to take part in the regional tournament which starts on Monday the 6th of October. The U15 football squad had their testing day in Edgeworthstown on Saturday with their skill and fitness tests all taking place. This squad has put a lot of work into their weaker side and this showed well in the tests. They also now take part in the U15/U16 Regional Tournament in the coming weeks. Hurling Training continues in clubs over the coming weeks, U8 – U14 in Slashers on Wednesday evenings, contact Niall on 0879344157. U8 – U14 in Clonguish on Thursday evenings, contact Brian on 0878035701. U8 – U14 in Edgeworthstown on Saturday mornings, contact Willie on 0878232216. U6 – U10 Spring Academy for hurling in Kenagh continues every Sunday at 11.30am contact Sean Kelly on 0861996045. Coach Education & Workshops As notified to all clubs in recent weeks we will be running an Award 1 Youth/Adult Coaches course during the months of October and November, if anyone would like more information on this course or to book a place please contact Damien on the number below. U13 Pella We have had great interest in our U13 Pella program so much so that we have now brought a second hall online, as we will now hold blitzes in both Edgeworthstown Sports Hall and Mercy Convent Ballymahon Sports Hall. Every club who has confirmed that they will take part has been fixtures for 4 blitzes over the course of 6 weeks. We still have 1 remaining slot available in our last blitz for what ever club wants to attend a 5th blitz – please contact Damien to book. These blitzes are for players who are in their last year at U13 level but if clubs need a couple extra players they should bring U14 players who got little football during the year but under no circumstances are U12’s allowed to play. Tuesday 30/9/14 U13 Pella 6:30 – 8pm Edgeworthstown Sports Hall: St. Francis, Clonbroney, Clonguish Óg, Granard, Killoe Óg. Mercy Convent Ballymahon: Cashel, St. Patricks Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Carrick Sarsfields, Grattan Gaels. Tuesday 7/10/14 U13 Pella 6:30 – 8pm Edgeworthstown Sports Hall: Northern Gaels, St. Francis, Clonbroney, Clonguish Óg, Granard. Mercy Convent Ballymahon: St. Brigid’s Óg, St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg, Cashel, St. Patricks Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels. Thursday 9/10/14 U13 Pella 6:30 – 8pm Mercy Convent Ballymahon: Carrick Sarsfields, Grattan Gaels, St. Brigid’s Óg, St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg, Cashel. A Plan for Longford by Longford Under the stewardship of Cyril Connor a committee has been formed to develop a plan for football within the county for the next five years, the members had their initial meeting last week and the wheels are now in motion so 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