Coaching & Games: 2nd November 2015

To keep in touch with everything on a week-to-week basis you can keep an eye on the Coaching & Games section where fixtures and notes will be updated weekly. 20/20 Communication As per contact from Damien 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. Award 1 Youth/Adult Course Only 2 places left. This course is aimed at coaches of teams from U13 up to and including adults and coaches wishing to attend must hold the Foundation Award for at least the last 12 months. This is a very important course as from 2016 all adult teams MUST have an Award 1 qualified coach involved with the team. This course will be ran over 3 Saturdays (10 – 3:30) and 2 Friday nights (7 – 9:30) in November and all sessions MUST be attended in order to complete the course and receive your award. Places are available on a first come first served bases and limited to 24 in total so please contact Damien to book your place and to pay the deposit of €50 with the remaining €50 paid before the 1st session (cheques made payable to Longford GAA please and posted to Damien Sheridan GAA Office Pearse Park Battery Road Longford). Schedule Saturday 7/11/15 St. Mels College Sports Hall 10 – 3:30pm  Friday 13/11/15 St. Mels College Sports Hall 7 – 9:30pm Saturday 14/11/15 St. Mels College Sports Hall 10 – 3:30pm Friday 20/11/15 St. Mels College Sports Hall 7 – 9:30pm Saturday 21/11/15 St. Mels College Sports Hall 10 – 3:30pm Development Squads Our U13 football Skills School was a great success this year with over 80 players taking part. A panel of 60 players was drawn up to play Sligo on Thursday last in 3 different challenge games. It was a great run out for all the players and another opportunity for the coaches to work with the young boys. There will be one more day for these players in the coming weeks so keep your eye on the coaching notes and all details will also be on www.longford gaa.ie by clicking Development Squads & U13. The Paul Barden U16 Development Squad final will be on this Thursday the 5th of November in Clonguish GAA. The B final will be played at 7.10 and the A Final will be played at 8.00. This has been a very worthwhile tournament with the best 70 U16 footballers in the county displaying their skills for a potential place on the U16 and minor panels in 2016. The U15 football Development panel has been picked and can be seen at www.longfordgaa.ie and click development squads & U15. As with all our panels they remain open ended and the squad mentors will keep an eye on club and school matches and additional players will be called up if merited. Likewise players not committing to the panel will be replaced. Development Squad Mentors As part of “20/20 Vision For Longford”, Longford GAA are now looking to recruit mentors for our various Development Squads (U13, U14, U15 & U16) for the 2016 season. The role of mentor within our squad system is a very rewarding one and comes with great responsibility, as you will help mold Longford’s footballers of the future. All our squad mentors are facilitated with up skilling courses and involved in a program of continuous learning. All mentors will receive Longford gear and will be supported by Coaching & Games regarding planning and logistics. If you are interested please make contact with Damien at damien.sheridan.gda.longford@gaa.ie or 087 912 6556 Club Development As the playing year winds down and preparation is in place for 2016 reports are being drawn up for all clubs and will be sent to secretaries in time of AGM’s. Schools Programs After the Halloween midterm our urban program is now in its final week in the Longford town area. The program involves primary school coaching in five schools as well as one evenings of indoor football in St. Mels College Sports Hall. This program will have run for four weeks in total before we cover the remaining two Templemichael schools and cover the Ballymahon Urban area. This Friday we will hold blitzes nine, ten and eleven of our 2nd, 3rd and 4th class blitzes in Clonguish GAA. These blitzes will run until the 11th of December and that will be the end of what was a 10 week program as multiple blitzes took place each Fridays resulting in a total of 24 blitzes involving 1500+ kids. This program would not be possible without the assistance of 4 TY students from both Cnoc Mhuire & St. Mels as they complete a 10 day work placement with us. The full schedule has been sent to all schools and is 95% full with only one space for a school with small numbers in the north Longford area left. Friday will see the blitz involve Newtownforbes, Drumlish & Melview national schools attend three separate blitzes in Clonguish GAA Grounds. Our program of Pella continues on Thursday’s. Thursday the 12th will see the boys from Ardscoil Phadraig take part. Thursday the 5th will see us hold our second 7 a side blitz of the year as schools have been invited to attend Glennon Brothers Pearse Park for one of two 8 team blitzes. December 9th will see us host a girls U14 blitz involving 5 longford schools. This blitz will be used to assist the schools in preperation for their competition after Christmas. 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