Coaching & Games: October 19th 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 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. Award 1 Youth/Adult Course Only 4 places left. This course is aimed at coaches of teams from U13 up to and including adults and coaches wishing to attend must hold the Foundation Award for at least the last 12 months. This is a very important course as from 2016 all adult teams MUST have an Award 1 qualified coach involved with the team. This course will be ran over 3 Saturdays (10 – 3:30) and 2 Friday nights (7 – 9:30) in November and all sessions MUST be attended in order to complete the course and receive your award. Places are available on a first come first served bases and limited to 24 in total so please contact Damien to book your place and to pay the deposit of €50 with the remaining €50 paid before the 1st session (cheques made payable to Longford GAA please and posted to Damien Sheridan GAA Office Pearse Park Battery Road Longford). Schedule Saturday 7/11/15 St. Mels College Sports Hall 10 – 3:30pm  Friday 13/11/15 St. Mels College Sports Hall 7 – 9:30pm Saturday 14/11/15 St. Mels College Sports Hall 10 – 3:30pm Friday 20/11/15 St. Mels College Sports Hall 7 – 9:30pm Saturday 21/11/15 St. Mels College Sports Hall 10 – 3:30pm Sports Partnership Foundation Award The Longford Sports Partnership have organised an up skilling program for the unemployed whereby they facilitate the delivery of coaching courses in the various sports. Longford GAA conducted a Foundation Award course on Monday the 19th that was attended by 9 individuals and we would like to wish them all well in their future learning and employment hunting. Development Squads Our U13 Football Skills School was a great success this year with over 80 players taking part. This group will be now be cut into a smaller panel of players which will play Sligo in a game over the mid term. All details can be got at www.longfordgaa.ie by clicking Development Squads and then U13 The U14 football development squad tournament final will be held this Thursday the 22nd after three weeks of games. The Paul Barden U16 football tournament had its second night of action on Monday the 19th with game day three taking place on Friday the 23rd. Why not come out to Clonguish and watch all the counties young aspiring U16 footballers, with games at 7.00 and 8.00pm. The finals will take place after midterm on Tuesday 2nd of November. Development Squad Mentors As part of “20/20 Vision For Longford”, Longford GAA are now looking to recruit mentors for our various Development Squads (U13, U14, U15 & U16) for the 2016 season. The role of mentor within our squad system is a very rewarding one and comes with great responsibility, as you will help mold Longford’s footballers of the future. All our squad mentors are facilitated with up skilling courses and involved in a program of continuous learning. All mentors will receive Longford gear and will be supported by Coaching & Games regarding planning and logistics. If you are interested please make contact with Damien at damien.sheridan.gda.longford@gaa.ie or 087 912 6556 Go Games Fixtures Our Go Games fixtures are down complete. Since April 139 blitzes have taken place throughout the county at U8 and U10 level involving outdoor, indoor and floodlite matches. This is a huge undertaking and would not be possible without the assistance of clubs, mentors, parents and most importantly all the boys and girls who take part each week, so thank you one and all. Club Development There are still a number of clubs that need to return their Questionnaires and SWOT Analysis and clubs should get back to their facilitator as soon as possible. There are also a number of clubs who have still to confirm what developmental program they want run within their club. Paddy or Damien can be contacted in this regard. Schools Programs Our urban program is now entering week three in the Longford town area. The program involves primary school coaching in five schools as well as two evenings of indoor football in St. Mels College Sports Hall. Unfortunately due to a lack of interest from the kids in two of the schools we will no longer be running with the Thursday evening session. This program will run for four weeks in total before we cover the remaining two Templemichael schools and cover the Ballymahon Urban area. Last Friday we held blitz three and four of our 2nd, 3rd and 4th class blitzes which will run for 10 Fridays in total as we will run 24 blitzes involving 1500+ kids. This program would not be possible without the assistance of 4 TY students from both Cnoc Mhuire & St. Mels as they complete a 10 day work placement with us. The full schedule has been sent to all schools and is 95% full with only one space for a school with small numbers in the north Longford area left. This Friday’s blitz will see Drumlish, Ballinamuck & Ballinalee national schools attend two separate blitzes in Fr. Manning Gaels GAA Grounds. Our program of Pella continues on Thursday’s as last week the girls from Scoil Mhuire LOngford attended with 1st years in Edgeworthstown Sports Hall. This week see the girls from Moyne CS take part. Tuesday the 20th see the TY’s from Cnoc Mhuire Granard complete their coaching of kids from the local primary school for the time being, this has been a really enjoyable proram and one of the best groups we have ever taken. 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