Coaching & Games: 27th Oct 2014

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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 continues to run is St. Mels hall until 27th November. 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 is now complete and contact has been made with our next 10 schools as regards coaching pre 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. Last week seen 1st year girls from Cnoc Mhuire Granard attend with 35 very keen girls and all had a great day. Thursday week the 6th will see the 1st year girls from Mercy Ballymahon in attendance. All of these blitzes take place in Edgeworthstown Community Campus where they played for an hour and 45 minutes.

Teacher Trainer program

The first phase of our Teacher Trainer Program, run in 3 schools throughout the county, is now complete after 6 weeks of coaching and mentoring. This has turned out to be one of our most successful programs as all 3 teachers and schools have really bought into it and we look forward to our follow up visits in the weeks ahead and the rollout of the nursery program in the New Year. We also have another 3 schools lined up for this program from February on. What this program entailed was 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 showed great enthusiasm and engagement in the program and we are really excited by the potential of this initiative in the years ahead.

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 2 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. For upcoming fixtures at U8, they will be confirmed in these notes on a weekly basis, see below.

Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 Fixtures

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.

Wednesday 5/11/14 U8 Indoor Football Blitz 6

  • Mostrim Sports Hall: 6:45-7:45 Wolfe Tones Óg, Clonbroney, Northern Gaels. 7:45-8:45 Granard, Killoe Óg, St. Mels.
  • Newtownforbes Sports Hall: 6:30-7:30 Clonguish Óg, Ballymore Shamrocks, St Colmcille.
  • Kenagh Sports Hall: 6:30-7:30 St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Carrick Sarsfields. 7:30-8:30 Longford Slashers, Southern Gaels, Shannon Gaels.
  • Streete Sports Hall 6:30-7:30 Streete.

Development Squads

Our Development Squad Tournaments at U14 and U16 level concluded last week with the U16 finals taking place on Monday the 20th and the U14 finals taking place on Thursday the 22nd. The winners of both Cup finals got a specially designed Longford GAA training jersey while everyone else who took part got a Longford beanie hat. These tournaments aimed to give more quality, 15 a side games to over 70 players at each age group. 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.

In the U14 competition both finals were very entertaining games with great scores from all teams, especially from the cup winners The Davins who were the stand out team. Player of the match in the Shield final was Dylan Farrell and Jamie Birmingham got the award in the Cup final.

In the U16 tournament The O Farrell’s won the Shield with The Cusacks winning the Cup. Robbie O Connell was player of the match in the Cup final and Ronan Healey received player of the match in the Shield Final. Enda Farrell from Carrickedmond was voted player of the tournament. Both tournaments were a great success with quality football on all nights. Squad mentors will now be selecting their panels from the tournament. A big thanks to all the coaches who were involved throughout for helping to make it the success it was.

U13 Pella

Our club Pella program at U 13 level is now complete. Everyone who made the effort to take part in this series of games really enjoyed it and 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.

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