Coaching & Games: 23rd March 2015

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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 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.

Concussion Awareness Workshop

On Monday 13th April we will be holding a Concussion Awareness Workshop in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park commencing at 7:30pm. Places on the workshop are free of charge but must be booked by texting the names to Damien on the number below. An Intercounty Doctor will deliver this workshop and a large number of relevant resources will be made available on the night. Concussion is a very serious issue within all contact sports and we in the GAA are being proactive in providing information and knowledge to all our members as to how concussions can occur, what are the dangers of getting concussed, how to manage those who get concussed and to highlight who needs to take responsibility for the care of someone who is or is suspected of being concussed. This workshop should be attended by a large number of people from all Clubs from Adult level to Child level. Some examples of the type of people who need to be aware of this information are as follows; team trainers/managers, players, club officials, parents, match officials, club medical personnel, regular match goers, etc.

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 one more week to run until the Easter holidays and will be taking place in 21 schools.

Our Post Primary Pella program for the school year continues to run every week. This Thursday the 26th will see the 1st year Girls from Moyne CS attend. Thursday the 16th April will see the boys from Templemichael attend. To cap of the Pella program for the year we will have our 1st year girls finals on the 23rd and our 1st year boys finals on the 30th. 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 this Sunday the 29th against Offaly 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 in the half time games 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 enter its final week this week and the 3 girls have really progressed over the last 5 weeks and we would like to congratulate them and their school for fully committing to this initiative. This program entailed 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 

The first of our U14 football squad trials was held last Saturday in Clonguish GAA grounds where 50 players played in some small-sided games. There are two more trials for this group that will take place next Saturday the 28th and finally Monday the 30th.

Our U15 football squad had a great skills session on Saturday morning last and their last athlete development session took place on Monday the 23rd where they were given their programs to work on at home. They have another skills session this Saturday the 30th and they will play Leitrim in a challenge on the 4th of April.

Our U16 football squads game against Cork was postponed last Saturday. They had their final athlete development session in the county gym on Thursday last and will now work on their program at home. They will play Offaly in a challenge this Sunday in their first outing of the year. All updated development squad news can be got on the Longford GAA website at http://longfordgaa.ie/development-squad-news/

As well as both squads there are also details of our U13 Skills School and going forward all Development Squad player messages regarding Squad activities will be posted on this website www.longfordgaa.ie under Coaching.

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