Coaching & Games: 9th May 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 where fixtures and notes will be updated weekly. Leinster Senior Football Championship Round 1 Best wishes to Longford Senior Football team as they start their Leinster campaign away to Offaly in Tullamore next Sunday. After a very solid league run, which could very easily have resulted in promotion, Longford will be out for revenge against the team who beat them in the same venue in the first round of the league. We all hope for the same result as in the corresponding fixture in last year’s championship but hopefully in a less nail-biting manner…! Good luck to all. 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 Both U8 & U10 fixtures are now up and running and will continue in alternate Wednesday nights for the remainder of the summer. 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 11/05/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 – 7pm Ardagh: St. Patricks Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Grattan Gaels, Longford Slashers Drumlish: St. Vincents, St. Francis, Clonguish Óg, Killoe Óg Edgeworthstown: Wolfe Tones Óg, Southern Gaels, Northern Gaels Forgney: Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Shannon Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg Ballymore: Ballymore Shamrocks, St. Colmcilles, Clonbroney, Granard   25/05/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 – 7pm Carrickedmond: Carrick Sarsfields, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Longford Slashers Ballinalee: Clonbroney, Killoe Óg, Northern Gaels Clonguish: Clonguish Óg, St. Vincents, St. Colmcilles, St. Francis Granard: Granard, St. Patricks Óg, Wolfe Tones Óg, Ballymore Shamrocks Grattans: Grattan Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg   U8 Go Games Fixtures 18/05/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 – 7pm Lanesboro: Shannon Gaels, St. Patricks Óg, Wolfe Tones Óg, Grattan Gaels Cashel: Southern Gaels, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Carrick Sarsfields Colmcille: St. Colmcilles, Clonbroney, Granard, Killoe Óg Kenagh: St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Clonguish Óg, Northern Gaels, Longford Slashers Dromard: St. Francis, St. Vincents, Ballymore Shamrocks   01/06/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 – 7pm Ardagh: St. Patricks Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Clonguish Óg, Grattan Gaels Drumlish: St. Vincents, Killoe Óg, St. Colmcilles, St. Francis Edgeworthstown: Wolfe Tones Óg, Northern Gaels, Longford Slashers Forgney: Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg Ballymore: Ballymore Shamrocks, Clonbroney, Granard Schools Last Friday seen the first of our 3rd/4th class blitz days take place as we visited Abbeylara GAA. We were assisted on the day by the TY’s from Cnoc Mhuire as we held 2 blitzes that were attended by approx 150 kids from 6 schools in the area – Abbeylara, Aughnagarron, Ballinalee, Cloonagh, Granard and Killasonna. This week will see us in Dromard on Tuesday, Longford Slashers on Wednesday & Thursday and Ballymahon on Friday. Again schools within the vicinity of these pitches will attend and the TY’s from the local Post Primary School will assist in the running of the blitzes. Next week sees the conclusion of our Primary Schools Hurling program as the three divisions of the Mixed competition take place on Tuesday the 17th with the Camogie competition taking place on Wednesday the 18th. Longford GAA Master Fixtures & Events Calendar Recently we have added a link on our website which allows anyone to download our Masters Fixtures document as any time. This document is the template for the Official Fixtures that the Secretary distributes weekly but is not considered as Official notification of Fixtures if downloaded as only fixtures sent from the County Secretary can be considered Official. This should be people’s first port of call for information regarding Longford GAA events. We also have an Events Calendar on our website at Events Calendar 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. Longford GAA Website We are doing a lot of work updating or website Longford GAA with information and resources that people might be interested in and trying to use the website as the first source for all information someone might want to find out. Some new additions include the Master fixtures plan which can be downloaded by clicking Master Fixtures additional information includes an updated Go Games section that includes fixtures, rules, things to know as well as U12 fixtures and rules for all our competitions. Go Games and click Downloads. We now have all underage mentors contacts available by following Contacts 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 Development Squads 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. Code of Ethics To date almost 140 people have attended this workshop so far this year. As of Monday the 9th of May we will not be running any more courses until 2017. If a Club feels they have enough people to run a course themselves please make contact with Damien and he will put you in contact with a tutor. U13 Regional League All details of our U13 Regional League for 2016 were forwarded to all Secretaries last week and fixtures are on the Master Fixtures list. The first round of games take place on Thursday 19th of May and will run for just over 3 week with all teams getting a minimum of 3 outings. 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 We have scheduled another Foundation Award to take place on May 14th and this will be the last course for the year. If people are interested in doing the Award please contact Lorraine on the number below to book your place, as spaces are limited. Development Squads All information on our squads will be updated on our website at Development Squads 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 This week and next will see Damien visit every Primary School in the County to promote the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps and he will be modelling the new gear which looks really stunning (Lime Green and dark Grey). Due to various reasons there have been some date changes for some of our camp from what was advertised earlier in the year but below is now the confirmed schedule which will not change. 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 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp website is live and can be view at Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps where all details of our camps can be accessed and online bookings are the best way of making you booking and it ensures that your gear will be available during the camp (the same cannot be said with on the day bookings).. July 4th – 8th: Abbeylara & Dromard July 11th – 15th: Longford Slashers, Carrickedmond & Killoe July 18th – 22nd: Newtownforbes & Ardagh July 25th – 29th: Lanesboro & Ballymahon August 8th – 12th Granard & Ballinalee 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 &