Coaching & Games: 6th Oct 2014

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 GAA website where fixtures and notes will be updated weekly. Award 1 Youth/Adult Coaches Course On the 16th of October we start our Award 1 Youth/Adult coaches training course, this is the next step on from the Foundation Award and is aimed at coaches working with players from U13 through to adults. This is a very important course because in 2016 all adult teams must have a person qualified at Award 1 level involved on the management team. Places on this course are limited so please contact Damien on the number below for more information or to book your place. Schools Coaching Coaching in our first block of schools continue until the Halloween break with the second block of schools commencing after Halloween. Coaching will be once a week for 6 weeks as we take 2-3 groups from each school with these groups coming from 1st – 4th classes. Our Post Primary Pella program for the school year continues to run every week. Last week seen 1st – 3rd year boys from Lanesboro CC take part and this Thursday the 1st year boys from Cnoc Mhuire Granard will be in attendance. All of these blitzes take place in Edgeworthstown Community Campus where they played for an hour and 45 minutes. Teacher Trainer program Our Teacher Trainer Program continues to run in 3 schools throughout the county. What this program entails is 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. All 3 teachers have shown great enthusiasm and engagement in the program and we are really excited by the potential of this initiative. We have already 3 more schools booked in for the New Year and we hope that this can become a useful model in years to come. Half Times Games Last Saturday and Sunday during the Intermediate and Senior Finals the U10’s from Carrick Sarsfields, Clonbroney, and a selection of kids from Cloonagh NS and Killoe NS took part in the mini games during the half time intervals. Also on Sunday the younger kids from both schools took part in forming a guard of honor for both teams as they entered the field prior to the game. This was great opportunity for these kids to play in front of a large crowd and no doubt they will all have enjoyed the experience. Longford/Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps Last week Damien was in Lanesboro to give out the Cúl Camp kit and bags which were not available at the end of the camp in August. Anyone who couldn’t make the collection can pick up their gear at the GAA offices in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park between Monday & Friday from 10 – 5:30. Again thanks to everyone for their patience during this process. National Respect Exhibition Go Games Our U8 indoor football program is commencing this Wednesday and will run for the next 6 weeks. Our U10 program will finish this week with the last of our floodlit blitzes and our U12 program has still 1 final remaining, which was postponed last week due to a bereavement with one of the clubs. For upcoming fixtures at U8, U10 and U12 they will be confirmed in these notes on a weekly basis, see below.  Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 Fixtures Wednesday 8/10/14 U8 Indoor Football Blitz 2 Mostrim Sports Hall: 6:45-7:45 Wolfe Tones Óg, Northern Gaels. 7:45-8:45 Clonbroney, Granard. Newtownforbes Sports Hall: 6:30-7:30 Killoe Óg, Longford Slashers. 7:30-8:30 Clonguish Óg, Ballymore Shamrocks, St. Mels. Kenagh Sports Hall: 6:30-7:30 Southern Gaels, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, St. Patricks Óg. 7:30-8:30 St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Shannon Gaels. Streete Sports Hall 6:30-7:30 Streete, St. Colmcille.   Wednesday 15/10/14 U8 Indoor Football Blitz 3 Mostrim Sports Hall: 6:45-7:45 Carrick Sarsfields, Northern Gaels. 7:45-8:45 Wolfe Tones Óg, St. Patricks Óg, St. Mels. Newtownforbes Sports Hall: 6:30-7:30 Granard, Clonguish Óg, Longford Slashers. 7:30-8:30 Killoe Óg, St. Colmcille. Kenagh Sports Hall: 6:30-7:30 Southern Gaels, Ballymore Shamrocks, Shannon Gaels. 7:30-8:30 St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels. Streete Sports Hall 6:30-7:30 Streete, Clonbroney.   Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 Fixtures Wednesday 8/10/14 Blitz 12 at 7pm Killoe: Killoe Óg, St. Francis, St. Vincents, Ballymore Shamrocks, Granard. Longford Slashers: Longford Slashers, Southern Gaels, St. Colmcilles, St. Patricks Óg, Wolfe Tones Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels. Clonguish: Clonguish Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Clonbroney, Grattan Gaels. Development Squads This week see’s the start of our Development Squad Tournaments. They will be ran over three Monday nights under lights at both U14 and U16 level. These tournaments will aim to give more quality, 15 a side games to over 70 players at each age group. Report of the first nights action will be in next weeks notes.   U13 Pella Our club Pella program continues for the next 3 weeks, as every club who has confirmed that they will take part has been fixtures for 4 blitzes over the course of the 6 weeks. These blitzes are for players who are in their last year at U13 level but if clubs need a couple extra players they should bring U14 players who got little football during the year but under no circumstances are U12’s allowed to play. Tuesday 14/10/14 U13 Pella 6:30 – 8pm Edgeworthstown Sports Hall: Killoe Óg, St. Francis, Clonguish Óg, St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg. Mercy Convent Ballymahon: Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Carrick Sarsfields, Western Gaels. Tuesday 21/10/14 U13 Pella 6:30 – 8pm Edgeworthstown Sports Hall: Granard, Killoe Óg, St. Francis. Tuesday 28/10/14 U13 Pella 6:30 – 8pm Edgeworthstown Sports Hall: St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Western Gaels. A Plan for Longford by Longford The process for the Longford GAA Football Plan is ongoing with a lot of work going on behind the scene as we start to identify the areas and programs we are going to target and we hope to be in a position to unveil the groups ideas in late November. If anyone would like to get involved in the process or has any ideas that they would like brought to the table please contact any of the names below. Tommy Mc Loughlin 086 191 4626, Paddy O Connor 086 190 4060, Damien Sheridan 087 912 6556