Coaching & Games: 8th December 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 where fixtures and notes will be updated weekly. 20/20 Vision For Longford This past two weeks we have seen the start of our awareness campaign around the Development Plan for the improvement of Gaelic Football in Longford, which will be known as 20/20 Vision For Longford. Next week here on and in the Longford Leader we will be outlining our goals and target areas for the 2015 & 2016 as regards the 5 areas we are working towards (Club Development, Underage Fixtures, Talent Academies, Elite Development and Schools). From the start of January we will be rolling out some of these new initiatives and we would appreciate everyone’s support as we try to raise the standards of football in all areas throughout the county. For anyone who would like to get additional information on 20/20 please see the dedicated section on 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 at the end of these notes. Schools Coaching Coaching for the second term continues within the final 10 schools getting coached up until Christmas. Coaching is 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. This Thursday will see the 1st year girls from Moyne CS in attendance. Next Thursday will see the 1st – 3rd year boys from Lanesboro CC attend. All of these blitzes take place in Edgeworthstown Community Campus where they play for an hour and 45 minutes. Teacher Trainer program Donna Mc Cann Primary School Teacher Scoil Samhthann Ballinalee Co. Longford. As a mother to two young boys I am well accustomed to kicking ball around the garden but never in my wildest imagination did I ever imagine coaching football at any level. When Longford GAA contacted the school initially with the idea of upskilling a teacher, I was mildly apprehensive but excited about the venture. From the offset there was a great support system in place. School visits, texts and messages created a strong line of communication between the schools and the coaches. I was most impressed by the gradual release of responsibility in coaching the different age groups. We began with the GAA coach taking the group for the full session, while giving constant feedback about techniques and other strategies that could be employed. We moved onto having more input ourselves into the planning of the lessons and coaching the groups, all the time under strict supervision of the coach, to finally planning and coaching an entire session. I was fortunate to have Paddy O’Connor assigned as coach to our school. His patience and clarity guided me through the initial nerves about my capabilities of coaching a football session. Throughout the whole process he was encouraging and enthusiastic and as the weeks progressed I found my confidence growing. So enthusiastic was I that I helped to set up an after school coaching session in the school pitch for the junior classes. We have been fortunate enough to enlist the help of another teacher on staff as well as a number of supportive parents. We have had a huge interest and up on 50 kids are loving our Tuesday football sessions. I’m so pleased that Longford GAA had the insight to offer such an opportunity to teachers and that we were fortunate enough to be chosen for the pilot programme. I would have never thought that I would have the necessary skills or knowledge to take on anything football related but 3 months later I’m a self confessed GAA convert! It’s a course I would highly recommend to any teacher. Longford/Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps Anyone who couldn’t make the collections in Ballymahon, Granard or Lanesboro 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 your patience during this process. Development Squads Our U16 Development Squad panel for 2015 has now been selected from 2015’s activities and well as from the Regional Tournment. Everyone concerned will be getting a letter this week highlighting their strengths and weaknesses as well as the results from their skills and physical screening assessments. Once all these letters have arrived the 2015 panel will be posted on the Development Squad section of under Coaching. Going forward all Development Squad player messages regarding Squad activities will be posted on this website and if you click into the Coaching/Development Squad section you will find all the updated information so players and parents please keep yourself informed. Tommy Mc Loughlin 086 191 4626, Paddy O Connor 086 190 4060, Damien Sheridan 087 912 6556