Coaching & Games: 4th May 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 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 Award 1 Youth Course All five Clubs involved in this program have now completed at least their 2nd session with some on the way to their 4th and to date everything has been going smoothly so we would like to congratulate and thank each club for their organisation and we look forward to the remaining four session in the weeks and months ahead. U13 All County Competition Details of our U13 competition have been sent to all clubs with all dates and the first round of fixtures are on the Master Fixtures list that is circulated weekly. This U13 competition has been designed so as to give more players the chance to play 15 a side football against teams of a similar ability. There are 11 teams taking part which are made up of 5 Clubs, 2 Amalgamations and 4 Regional Units and those teams are as follows: Clonguish Óg, East Longford (Wolfe Tones Óg/Clonbroney), Granard Ballymore, Killoe Óg, Longford Slashers, Mid Longford (Carrick Sarsfields/St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg), North Longford (St. Colmcilles/St. Francis), Northern Gaels, South Longford (Ballymahon Forgney Gaels/Southern Gaels), St. Patricks Óg and Western Gaels. The competition has been drawn up in a blitz type format that will allow each team two matches per fixture with winning teams progressing and losing teams going through the back door with the chance of still reaching one of two finals. The competition will commence on May 14th and run for four Thursdays in concession. U12 Competitions This year see’s the expansion of our link up with Leitrim GAA as for 2015 there will be 10 Longford Clubs and 10 Leitrim Clubs competing in two different divisions of our cross border league. In division 1 and 2 we will have a two group or 5 where everyone plays each other in the group and then qualifies for a knockout round which will give all teams 4 group games plus at least one knockout round. The eight remain Longford clubs will make up two groups of four teams who will play each team in their group and then qualify for a knockout round. This makes up phase 1 of our U12 season and phase 2 will kick in with just the Longford Clubs as they compete in the Longford League which will conclude in early October. Dates for all the rounds of the Longford Leitrim competitions and the Longford competition are on the Master Fixtures list with round 1 games taking place on Tuesday 9th of June and fixtures will be confirmed in the coming days. Go Games Fixtures Go Games at all age grades and both codes are now up and running and will continue in the months ahead. Please see below for all up to date fixtures in our Go Games program. All blitzes to start at 7pm unless stated differently. 6/5/15 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 Blitz 3 – 7pm Granard: Granard, Wolfe Tones Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels Grattans: Grattan Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg Killoe: Killoe Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Clonbroney, Clonguish Óg Longford Slashers: Longford Slashers, St. Patricks Óg, St. Vincents Mullinalaghta: Northern Gaels, St. Colmcilles, St. Francis, Ballymore Shamrocks 13/5/15 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 Blitz 2 – 7pm Ardagh: St. Patricks Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Grattan Gaels Drumlish: St. Vincents, Clonbroney, Clonguish Óg Edgeworthstown: Wolfe Tones Óg, Longford Slashers, St. Francis, Northern Gaels Forgney: Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg Ballymore: Ballymore Shamrocks, Granard, Killoe Óg, St. Colmcilles Club Development Our three club development facilitators have been busy getting around to all our Underage Sections conducting a review or where the club is currently at as regards club development needs and this process will continue in the weeks and months ahead as clubs identify there most pressing developmental need and Longford C&G will deliver a workshop to address these needs throughout the summer. Schools Coaching Our Urban initiative continues to run weekly as it now enters week four. To date the urban project has been working really well with great co-operation from all who are taking part with the highlight each week being the 150 odd kids who take part in the blitzes in St. Mels College. We are also in the process of organising Go Games blitzes for 3rd and 4th class kids that will commence and run throughout the month of May. All schools have been contacted and the dates and location of the blitzes are as follows: Ballymahon GAA Grounds TUESDAY 12th May Dromard GAA Grounds THURSDAY 14th May Granard GAA Grounds TUESDAY 19th May Longford Slashers GAA Grounds WEDNESDAY 20th May Longford Slashers GAA Grounds THURSDAY 21st May Schools are required to reply by this Wednesday the 6th stating where they want to attend. Our Post Primary Pella program for the school year is now complete as the first year boy’s finals took place last Thursday. Four schools contested the final with Cnoc Mhuire Granard running out as very impressive winners so congratulations to them and all who took part. This coming Wednesday sees our last post primary first year competitions take place as six schools compete in a blitz day in Clonguish Óg GAA grounds with the division 2 and 3 titles up for grabs. Development Squad 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 The Kellogg’g GAA Cúl Camp website is now live and the bookings have already started to come through and the official launch will not be taking place until the end of April so it just shows the keen interest that there is in our camps. The website can be viewed at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie 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 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