Longford GAA Coaching & Games
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.
As per contact from Damien all correspondence with clubs will now be conducted via email and through the Club Underage secretaries’ address ONLY. Every Underage Section has their own secretaries address ad goes along the lines as follows: (firstname.lastname@example.org). It is all clubs responsibility to ensure someone is monitoring this accounts and passing the information to the relevant people.
Half Time Draw
Last weekend at the NFL round 3 game the Longford GAA 20/20 committee arranged a half time draw for €100 to help support the work that the committee are doing in the promotion of Gaelic Football within the county. This money will be spent directly on projects that fall under the remit of 20/20 and will be invaluable in supporting out initiatives. Many thanks to everyone who purchased some of the €2 tickets and anyone who can support the draw for the final two home games in the NFL will be greatly appreciated.
Club Underage Section Audits
As outlined at the 20/20 Club Information Night every Underage Section will be audited by the end of February by one of our 8 Club Facilitators. These facilitators have been meeting Clubs so as to get back their completed questionnaire. The next step that needs to be taken is for all Clubs to complete a SWOT analysis and then identify 3-5 areas that they can improve upon. A mini action plan must be put in place for each area with the Club then working towards addressing these area throughout the year.
Longford GAA Events Calendar
For 2016 we have introduced an Events Calendar on our website at http://longfordgaa.ie/cg-calendar/ This calendar contains everything a Longford GAA person might need to know from our full fixtures program to Club workshops to County Board meetings to National fixtures to other large sporting events so as everyone can see what’s happening in the weeks and months ahead. Any changes made will be updated on the calendar in real time and will constantly evolve as different scenarios arise. This should be people’s first port of call for information regarding Longford GAA events and a detailed schedule can even be printed off from the agenda heading.
Underage Club Workshops
As engagement with our workshops in recent years has been poor we have decided to put a comprehensive program in place where every Underage Section will receive three Workshops delivered within their own Club, for their own mentors and specific to their own Clubs needs. All these dates have been assigned and communicated to Clubs and can be found on the Calendar as outlined above. Every date is on a Monday or a Tuesday starting from last week and running until the 28th of June.
Nutrition & Health Promotion
One of the workshops that is mandatory for all Clubs is our Parent & Child Nutrition & Health Promotion Workshop, which will be delivered by our Athlone IT Intern, and again these dates can be found on the events calendar.
Theresa started with us in mid January and has been visiting the primary schools of the County delivering a similar program to kids from 1st to 6th classes. Theresa will be delivering this workshop to two Clubs per week for the next 8 weeks. Both of last weeks Clubs found the workshop really engaging and very beneficial to both the Club and the members families.
Our primary schools Indoor Hurling Go Games sees round 3 completed this week. Pairings for the four finals in the A section are confirmed and have been communicated to all schools. Wednesday of this week will see the conclusion of round 3 in the B section and pairings to those 3 finals will be communicated after that. Please see the finals schedule below as of this time. There are 37 teams representing 18 schools all of which were fixtured to attend three blitz days. Based on results we will then have 7 finals in early March to conclude the program. We would then hope that these schools would take part in our outdoor hurling championship after the Easter holidays.
Thursday March 10th in Newtownforbes Sports Hall:
4:00pm Div 7: TBC
4:15pm Div 6: TBC
4:30pm Div 5: TBC
4:45pm Div 4: Edgeworthstown 2 V Colmcille 1
5:00pm Div 3: Lanesboro 1 V Newtownforbes 2
5:15pm Div 2: Newtownforbes 1 V Fermoyle 1
5:30pm Div 1: Killoe 1 V Edgeworthstown 1
NFL Half Time Games
Last Sunday seen Longford take on Kildare in round 3 of the Allianz National Football League and at half time in the game the boys and girls from Ardagh NS, Colehill NS, Gaelscoil NS and Killoe NS all took part in the mini games. The players were from classes’ 2nd to 4th as these games are used as an opportunity to play football for those kids who would not be playing schoolboy football. As always we thank CnamB and the schools themselves for their cooperation in running these games and we hope all the girls and boys enjoyed the day.
Code of Ethics
Our second Code of Ethics course took place last week in Carrickedmond so congratulations to the Club and its members for completing the course. Our third date, which is the 9th of March, is now booked out so we have added a fourth date that is the 23rd of March and there are only a few place left available on this course. We will keep running courses as long as there is demand so if anyone is interested please call Lorraine on 043 3345 219 to put your name on the list for the next available place.
U12 Longford Leitrim Mini League
2016 will see the continuation of our link up with Leitrim GAA for our U12 Mini Leagues. This competition enters its 3rd year and has grown again for 2016. This year will see 12 Longford and 12 Leitrim Clubs take part in two divisions over a 5/6 week period starting in June. Details of the fixtures will be released on the night of the 23rd of March at our Go Games information night.
There are currently no plans to run another Foundation Award but if people are interested in doing the Award please contact Lorraine on the number below and if there is enough demand we will run another course.
Our U14, U15 & U16 football development squads will all be in action in the coming weeks with functional screening taking place in Athlone IT and field based sessions in advance of their first matches. All information on our squads will be updated on our website at http://longfordgaa.ie/development-squad-news/ and clicking the relevant squad.
A new section to our Development Squad page is player profiles for all our squad members. We are currently compiling their profile information and then we will get their photos taken to go with the profile.
Lorraine GAA Office 043 3345 219, 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