Coaching & Games: 4th April 2016

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. 20/20 Communication 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: ( It is all clubs responsibility to ensure someone is monitoring this accounts and passing the information to the relevant people. Go Games This Saturday see’s the start of our Go Games program for 2016. The season will kick off as usual with an U10 blitz for all Clubs in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. Also on Saturday next is the Terry Mc Cormack Memorial Cycle so to show our support for the cyclists the kids of the 10:30 and 11:30 blitzes are asked to line the back wall of the Lisbrack carpark at 10:30 and 11:30 to cheer on the participants as they head off on the trip from the rugby Club. After Saturdays blitz fixtures will revert to Wednesday nights starting with our first U8 blitz on the 13th in various Club venues throughout the county. Blitzes will then run on alternate Wednesday nights with only the 27th of April missed due to the Longford GAA Raceday in Punchestown. Please see below for all up coming fixtures but please remember to contact the host Club in advance incase there are any changes. U10 Go Games Fixtures 09/04/16 National Respect Exhibition Go Games Day U10 – 10:30am Glennon Brothers Pearse Park: Shannon Gaels, St. Colmcilles, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, St. Francis, St. Vincents, Wolfe Tones Óg, Killoe Óg 09/04/16 National Respect Exhibition Go Games Day U10 – 11:30am Glennon Brothers Pearse Park: Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Ballymore Shamrocks, Carrick Sarsfields, Clonbroney, Granard, Northern Gaels 09/04/16 National Respect Exhibition Go Games Day U10 – 12:45pm Glennon Brothers Pearse Park: Clonguish Óg, Grattan Gaels, Southern Gaels, St. Patricks Óg, Longford Slashers 20/04/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 – 7pm Lansesboro: Shannon Gaels, Wolfe Tones Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Longford Slashers Killashee: Southern Gaels, St. Patricks Óg, Clonbroney, Clonguish Óg Colmcille: St. Colmcilles, Granard, Killoe Óg Kenagh: St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Grattan Gaels, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels Dromard: St. Francis, Northern Gaels, St. Vincents, Ballymore Shamrocks U8 Go Games Fixtures  13/04/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 – 7pm Ballymahon: Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Grattan Gaels, Shannon Gaels. Ballymore: Ballymore Shamrocks, Granard, Northern Gaels, Wolfe Tones Óg Legan: Carrick Sarsfields, Southern Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, St. Patricks Óg Ballinalee: Clonbroney, Killoe Óg, St. Colmcilles, St. Francis Clonguish: Clonguish Óg, St. Vincents, Longford Slashers 4/05/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 – 7pm Granard: Granard, St. Colmcilles, Clonguish Óg Grattans: Grattan Gaels, Shannon Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels Killoe: Killoe Óg, Southern Gaels, St. Vincents, Wolfe Tones Óg Longford Slashers: Longford Slashers, St. Patricks Óg, Carrick Sarsfields Mullinalaghta: Northern Gaels, St. Francis, Ballymore Shamrocks, Clonbroney Half Time Draw Our final half time draw took place last Sunday during the NFL round 7 game against Westmeath with the €100 going out of the county to Ciaran Martin from Mullingar. Thank you to everyone who has supported this draw over the course of the NFL and especially those who have coordinated and worked to make it a success. There were a lot of different ticket sellers throughout the weeks but the real driving force behind it all was Bríd Mc Goldrick and Cyril Connor who are both members of 20/20 and have the best interests of Longford football at heart. All your support is greatly appreciated and all the money will go to support the work that the 20/20 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 our initiatives. Longford GAA Events Calendar For 2016 we have introduced an Events Calendar on our website at 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. Longford GAA Website We are doing a lot of work updating or website with information and resources that people might be interested and trying to use the website as the first source for all information someone might want to find out. Some new additions include an updated Go Games section which includes fixtures, rules, things to know as well as U12 fixtures and rules for all our competitions. and click Downloads. We now have all underage mentors contacts available by following and clicking the relevant tab. We also have a new referees section that is available on the home page and finally something that is still a work in progress, as there is a lot of information to collate, but we are developing a player profile section for all our football squads that will include a photo and some player information that can be accessed through Underage Club Workshops The roll out of our 54 workshops for the year is well under way and will continue every Monday and Tuesday as per the calendar as outlined above. For 2016 we 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. Every date is on a Monday or a Tuesday 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 4 weeks. To date every Club that has had a workshop has found it really engaging and very beneficial to both the Club and the member’s families. One think that has transpired since Theresa started delivering the workshop is the number of questions she has got and the interest from adults as regards their own health especially around their lunches so this is turning out to be very beneficial to all who attend. Code of Ethics To date almost 100 people have attended this workshop so far this year. If anyone is still interested in completing this course 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 three divisions over a 5/6 week period starting in June. Details of the parings were released at the Go Games info night of the 23rd of March and fixtures are currently on the website as outlined above. Foundation Award 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. Development Squads Our U14, U15 & U16 football development squads have a busy Easter with coaching, assessment and education days on both weeks of the mid term. All information on our squads will be updated on our website at 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. Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps We don’t have the weather yet but that doesn’t mean we stop planning for the summer. We have been fielding requests for information since January from people looking to book holidays and not wanting to miss their favourite camp so now the The Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp website is live and can be view at where all details of our camps can be accessed. 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 4th – 8th: Abbeylara & Dromard July 11th – 15th: Longford Slashers, Carrickedmond & Killoe July 18th – 22nd: Newtownforbes & Ardagh July 25th – 29th: Granard, Lanesboro & Ballymahon August 8th – 12th Ballinalee Please see below for details of how to apply for coaching positions. 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 & ‘Longford/Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps 2016’ Closing date for receipt of Applications is Friday 8th April 2016. Longford GAA Coaching & Games aims to promote Gaelic Games within the clubs of our county by providing quality coaching in a safe and fun environment for all boys and girls irrespective of ability. To that end, Longford GAA in association with Kellogg’s are once again running 11 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps over a six week period from July 4th to August 12th inclusive. Our camps cover a range of activities including Gaelic Football, Hurling, Handball and Rounder’s as well as many fun games and blitzes. All our camps are mixed from 6 to 13 years. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Longford GAA invites applications for the following positions: Summer Camp Coaches (Football, Hurling, Handball & Rounder’s) Working hours for the camps are Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 3pm. In order to secure the services of top quality personnel our Coaches can expect an attractive remuneration package. Minimum requirements

  • Minimum age – 18 years on or before the 1stJuly 2016.
  • Minimum of Foundation level GAA coaching qualification.
  • Garda vetted or proof that an application has been made.
The Garda Vetting Form can be downloaded from: *Please ensure the Garda Vetting form is printed on one sheet of paper (two sides). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We further invite applications for the following Voluntary/Work Experience positions: Summer Camp Assistant Coaches Minimum requirements
  • Minimum age requirement is 14 years of age on or before 1stJuly 2016.
  • Garda vetted or proof that an application has been made.
  • In addition to Garda Vetting, applicants under 18 years of age must also complete a Parental Consent Form which can be downloaded at Applicants for all positions must have a keen interest in the promotion of GAA activities, have an outgoing personality and be conscientious, hard working, punctual and enthusiastic while working with children. Successful applicants for all positions will be required to complete a 3-day training course, which Longford GAA will provide in late June. Applicants must also provide us with a copy of their Vetting Clearance letter prior to the commencement of the Camps. Closing date for receipt of Applications is Friday 8th April 2016. All replies should include a cover letter stating which position(s) you wish to be considered for (applicants can apply for more than one position), CV to include two referees, copy of Garda vetting letter or completed Garda vetting application form and should be forwarded to: Longford/Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Battery Road, Longford.