Coaching & Games: 30th March 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. Division 4 Promotion Congratulations to the Longford senior footballers for sealing promotion with a hard fought win over Offaly last weekend with a game to spare in an unbeaten campaign. As well as promotion Longford also book their place in the Division 4 final in Croke Park on Saturday the 25th when it will be the first of the two finals on the night. 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 we held 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. This WS was held in St. Mels College and was attended my 16 coaches including a coach from Kildare. 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 This week sees the start of 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 this 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 As schools are on their Easter break our schools coaching will recommence on Monday 13th of April when we roll out our Urban specific program. This program is designed to get more kids in the Templemichael area participating within the GAA and getting greater engagement between parents and the local clubs. As part of this program Longford GAA have developed three phases, the first phase will be sending coaches into all 7 town schools each week for a 5 week period to coach kids within their classes. The second phase will include a schools blitz every Wednesday in St. Mels College where schools can bring a class of kids and we will break them down into small sided teams and with the help of TY students who will act as team managers and referees. The third phase is a club specific program, which the finer details still have to be agreed by the clubs concerned. Our Post Primary Pella program for the school year is drawing to a close with just three days left. Thursday the 16th April will see the boys from Templemichael attend and 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 As Longford claimed promotion to Division 3 the NFL last Sunday the boys and girls from Aughnagarron, Bunlahy, Edgeworthstown and Scoil Mhuire Newtownforbes were having their own day in the proverbial sun as they took part in the half time games. This brings to a close our half time schools program for the year, as Longford’s next home game can only be an All Ireland Qualifier. These games were open to 2nd – 4th class boys and girls with the games played at 11 a side. No doubt all these boys and girls from the 12 schools who took part over the lase two months will have enjoyed their 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 is now complete and it has been really encouraging and fulfilling to see how the 3 girls have really progressed over the last 6 weeks and we would like to congratulate them and their school for fully committing to this initiative. After Easter we will be following up with the 6 schools who completed the program in order to ensure they are continuing to get practice as it is from now on that they will really start reaping the benefits of the program as they feel more comfortable taking sessions. 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 second of our U14 football squad trials was held last Saturday in Clonguish GAA grounds where 58 players played in some small-sided games. The final trial for this group took place last Monday the 30th with details too late for print. The squad will be picked in the coming days and all names will be posted on the Longford GAA website. Our U15 football squad had a great skills session on Saturday morning last in Shroid and they will play their first challenge game away to Leitrim this Saturday the 4th. Our U16 football squads game against Offaly last weekend was lost due to water logged pitches but we will be working on rearranging this game for this weekend and details will appear on the website when confirmed. This group will also play Roscommon in Rathcline on Saturday the 25th in another challenge as well as a number of skill sessions in the weeks ahead. All updated development squad news can be got on the Longford GAA website at http://longfordgaa.ie/development-squad-news/ 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 preparation 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