The following is an update on the work that has taken place across Connacht in Coaching and Games for the 2nd Quarter of 2019. It will also involve some of the events taking place in the coming months. To read our quarter 1 report please click on the following link https://connachtgaa.ie/news/connacht-gaa-coaching-and-games-quarterly-report-january-march/
Coaching and Games is broken up into 6 key areas (Outlined below) which feed into the National & Provincial Coaching and Games plan. Each county then has a county coaching plan which is tailored to suit the individual county’s needs. This is implemented by the County Games Manager, County Coaching Officer, and Games Development staff in each of the counties on a day to day basis. Governance for the plan is overseen by the County Steering which consists of the County Chairperson, Secretary, Coaching Officer, Games Manager, Treasurer & PRO who meet 6-8 times per year to review how the plan is going.
6 Key Areas
Area 1 – Child Games Opportunities (0-12 year)
Area 2 – Youth Games Opportunities (12-18years)
Area 3 – School Initiatives
Area 4 – Camps
Area 5 – Talent Academies
Area 6 – Learning & Development.
Our Connacht GAA 2019 Go Games Days in Croke Park took place on April 16th and 17th. This year 882 children across 48 teams in hurling and football participated from Connacht. The Connacht GAA Go Games days provide the selected clubs from all over Connacht the incredible experience of Croke Park. The players involved got to play a number of games in Croke Park and a trip to the Croke Park Museum. This initiative, which was spearheaded by former Connacht GAA Games Manager, John Tobin, first took place eleven years ago and has been an outstanding success and so far. Over the eleven years, all the clubs in the province have had the opportunity of experiencing Croke Park. Clubs are selected on a rota basis and clubs get to participate every 4/5 years.
The club Go Games program has now commenced in each of the counties. The programmes for each county are outlined below and these happen in numerous venues across the counties on these dates. Please contact your club coaching officer to get more information about your clubs’ blitz programme.
Roscommon 2019 Go Games Blitz Dates
Hurling blitz dates – May 11th, June 1st, June 22nd, July 13th, August 3rd & August 24th.
Football U- 8 blitz dates – May 18th, June 8th, June 29th, July 20th & August 10th.
Football U- 10 blitz dates -May 25th, June 15th, July 6th, July 27th, August 17th.
County Football large Go Games Blitz day on August 31st.
County Hurling large Go games Blitz day on September 7th
Galway 2019 Go Games Blitz Dates
All blitz`s start on April 28th and every second weekend thereafter for hurling and football
Hurling Dates – April 28th, May 11th, May 25th, June 8th, June 22nd, July 6th, July 20th and August 3rd.
Football Dates May 4th. May 18th June 1st, June 15th June 29th, July 13th and July 27th.
Leitrim 2019 Go Games Blitz Dates
Football Under 9s blitz dates – April 13th, April 27th May 11th, June 1st, July 13th, July 27th, August 10th, September 14th, September 28th & October 12th.
Football Under 11s blitz dates – April 20th, May 4th, May 25th, June 8th, July 20th, August 3rd, September 7th, September 21st, October 5th & October 19th
Sligo 2019 Go Games Blitz Dates
Football U8 & 10s Divisional blitz’s take place on April 10th, June 5th & September 22nd
Football U8 & 10s Round 1 ,2, 3, 4,5, & 6 in league format take place on April 24th, May 8th, May 15th, June 12th, June 26th & September 4th.
Football U8 Scarden blitz day July 10th
Football U10 Scarden blitz day July 17th
U8 & 10s urban leagues take place on August 28th, September 11th, September 18th & September 25th
U8 & 10s Round 1 ,2, 3 & 4 in league format take place on May 22nd June 19th July 24th August 28th
Scarden blitz day take place on May 29th & August 14th
Divisional Blitz days take place on May 1st & July 3rd
Mayo 2019 Blitz Dates
Under 8s blitz dates – May 11th, May 25th, June 6th, June 22nd and July 13th.
Under 9s blitz dates – August 17th, August 24th, August 31st, September 7th, September 14th & September 21st.
Under 10s blitz dates – May 4th, May 18th, June 1st, June 15th, July 6th July 20th and July 27th.
Under 11s blitz dates – August 17th, August 24th, August 31st, September 7th, September 14th & September 21st.
Connacht GAA hosted this year’s National Football Féile na nÓg on June 28th,29th & 30th. This was the biggest Féile ever staged in the competitions history and has been a huge undertaking by the province. There were 851 games, with 179 connacht teams and 358 teams having taken part over the weekend. The following link will bring you to all results from the weekend.
The National Hurling Féile took taking place in Cork on June 7th, 8th and 9th. There was 13 Connacht teams having taken part over the weekend. Well done to all that participated. The following are the clubs who took part from across the province Turloughmore, Liam Mellows, Cois Farraige, Michael Breathnach`s, Four Roads, St Dominic`s, Padraig Pearse’s, Westport, Claremorris, Castlebar, Coolera Strandhill, Benbulben Gaels and Leitrim Carrick Hurling Club. On the weekend Turloughmore won the Division 1 Final with Michael Breathnach`s winning the Division 10 Final. Four Roads were beaten in the Dicision 5 Final, with St Dominic’s winning the Shield Final in Division 10. Liam Mellows and Cois Farraige were beaten semi-finalists. Full list of winners can be viewed in the link.
Provincial Club Hurling Feile is scheduled for July 6th. The full fixture list for this weekend can be viewed in this link:
September 2018 saw the launch of the GAA`s new 5-star centres in our primary schools around the country. Across the province there were 70 national schools that started this initiative with 44 schools meeting the criteria to receive their 5 Star centre flag. In these schools there were 5,595 pupils involved. These pupils throughout the year accumulated a total of 141,746 hours of physical activity through the Have a Ball Programme, Fun and Run, Hurl It/Catch and Kick, Go Games & Go Games Skills Challenges programmes. These flags have been raised in every county over the past few weeks bringing great excitement to the schools involved. For the most part the schools have really embraced the initiative and it is working well. This as a very important project for the Association going forward and it would be hugely beneficial for clubs to harness the positive energy this project has generated in their local national schools and help them where necessary. The application process for September 2019 is now open and more details can be found on www.learning.gaa.ie/5star
In order to be presented with a 5 Star Flag, schools must participate in all of the 5 initiatives for a minimum of 1 hour per week and over a period of 26 weeks.
In 2019 through Connacht GAA`s Primary Schools Coaching Programmes across the 5 Connacht counties, 5,844 Coaching Sessions were conducted in total across 437 Primary Schools, with 29,083 pupils (15,823 boys & 12,080 girls) participating. This equates to 46% of all Primary School children in Connacht participating in these programmes. 227 Primary Schools participated in 8 or more coaching sessions.
In the past two months the Connacht GAA Centre has hosted a number of National Schools Activity Days for over 500 primary school children from across the province. These days have been a huge success over the last 5 years and have grown in popularity amongst both teachers and students. On the day the children get to take part in a variety of activities including Football and Hurling mini games, skills challenges, obstacle courses & orienteering. These days offer us the chance to promote our games to our youngest players and also forge strong links with our primary schools across the province.
The introduction of the Future Leaders Programme has been a very positive development in the secondary school sector for the association. This initiative was well documented in the previous newsletter. The 47 secondary schools across the province taking part in the initiative have now completed all their activities and the number of schools taking part in the initiative will increase for next year. We would encourage clubs who have students who have just completed this initiative to link in with the students and ensure they are included in the local club in some capacity given the skills they are after developing in areas such as Coaching of Hurling/Football, Refereeing, Administration, Sports Journalism, Analysis, Nutrition, Wellbeing and Event Management. In Connacht there were approximately 2,300 transition year students involved across the 47 schools. These students organised Super Games Events for 3,100 other students to play in. They also ran Go Games Blitzes with 1,880 children involved & Fun and Run events with 60 participants.
On publication of this newsletter our Cúl Camps programme is starting across the country on Monday July 1st. There are already 13,270 kids booked online in Connacht in 180 camps representing a 23.9% increase from the same date last year. In 2018 Connacht hosted 171 Cúl Camps across the 5 counties with a record of 22,859 boys and girls participating in Camps during the months of July and August. All camps around the province are now capped so online booking is recommended to guarantee a place. One of the ongoing strengths of the camp is the outstanding value compared to similar sporting camps it represents given the activities & gear provided for participants, which for €60 represents outstanding value.
Planning for this year’s camps have been in full flow over the past few months including camp mentor training, coach recruitment, coach education, gear allocation, venue co-ordination, web development and website training.
The camps provide employment for many people across the summer months with there being 472 coaches employed across Connacht for the duration of the camps. These coaches also receive coach education, garda vetting clearance and child safeguarding upskilling to participate in the camp.
For more detailed information please visit the Cúl camp website at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie
Our County academy/development squads are in the middle of their seasons across the province with counties at various stages depending on the age grade.
The U17 Hurling Celtic Challenge squads have just completed their games with the final’s day taking place on Saturday 29th June in BNM O’Connor Park, Tullamore. The results of the finals are listed below:
11.30 Longford 1-5 Leitrim 3-21
13.10 Dublin Clarke 3-15 v Kerry 5-16
14.40 Derry 2-13 Galway Tribesmen 2-11
16.20 Galway Maroon 4-24 v North Cork 2-12
18.00 Antrim 1-15 v Kildare Cadets 0-14
19.30 Limerick Sarsfields: 2-8 Roscommon: 1-14
All competition fixtures, results, group standings and best and fairest awards can be found on the following link. https://www.gaa.ie/celticchallenge/
All Football U17 squads have completed the round robin stages of the U-17 competition with results below:
Round 1 – Mayo 1-20 Leitrim 0-6, Roscommon 1-17 Galway 1-15
Round 2 – Mayo 4-14 Roscommon 0-5, Galway 0-15 Sligo 1-10
Round 3 – Roscommon 5-15 Leitrim 0-8, Sligo 0-16 Mayo 0-12
Round 4 – Leitrim 1-9 Sligo 1-21, Mayo 0-11 Galway 2-12
Round 5 – Sligo 2-15 v Roscommon 4-7, Galway 5-25 v Leitrim 1-04
Semi Final: Sligo 1-10 vs Mayo 5-7
Final – Galway vs Mayo on July 5th in Tuam Stadium at 7:30pm
There have been 5 dates set nationally for both football and hurling at U14, 15 & 16 level.
The National Academy Hurling Dates are taking place on May 11th, June 22nd, July 20th, August 10th, and August 31st. The Connacht Academy Féile, Niall McInerney, Connolly/Cunniffe (U 13) and National U15 Hibernia Cup will take place within these national dates. Please follow the county coaching twitter pages for updates of individually academy hurling fixtures (Please see last page).
National Academy Football Dates are taking place on April 24th, May 25th, June 6th, July 27th, and August 17th. Sean Purcell U-14 blitz days are on May 25th & August 17th. The Dermot Earley U15 blitz days take place on May 18th and August 10th while the Ted Webb Cup U16 takes place on August 15th, 24th and 30th. Please follow the county coaching twitter pages for updates of individually academy hurling fixtures.
The Connacht GAA Dermot Earley U-15 Academy Blitz Day 1 involved a total of 10 teams representing the 5 provincial Counties while the Connacht GAA Sean Purcell Academy Blitz Day 1 took place on May 25th which involved a total of 12 teams representing the 5 provincial Counties. Both days seen some great football on view and we are looking forward to the next events on August 10th and 17th.
Learning and Development
The majority of Learning and Development courses take place in the first quarter of the year with the number of courses delivered been explained in great detail in 2019 Quarter 1 report which can be viewed on the following link https://connachtgaa.ie/news/connacht-gaa-coaching-and-games-quarterly-report-january-march/
The Provincial Club Support Programme which was also explained in great detail in the quarter 1 report has now finished with 34 of the original 36 clubs having completed the initiative. Each Club that is accepted on the programme may avail of a grant to the value of €1,000.
Below are the clubs who participated in the program in 2019
|Sligo||Leitrim||Mayo||Roscommon||Galway Football||Galway Hurling|
|Owenmore Gaels||Leitrim Gaels||Bohola Moy
|Drumcliffe/Rosses Point||Drumkeerin||Eastern Gales||Four Roads||St Gabriels||Portumna|
|Castlebar Mitchels HC|
Contact Information and Social Media Accounts
Each county has their own unique coaching and games Twitter accounts, and following these accounts is an excellent way of keeping abreast of all the latest news and information about what’s going on in your county. These are the handles to follow:
Galway – @CoachingGalway
Leitrim – @LeitrimG
Sligo – SligoGAACandG
Mayo – MayoGAACoaching
Roscommon – RosCoachingGAA
Connacht – ConnachtGAA
Provincial Games Manager: Cathal Cregg
Contact Number: (094) 9630335
Connacht GAA Hurling Director Damien Coleman
Galway Games Manager: Tom McManus
Address: Ionad Peil na Gaillimhe, Loughgeorge, Co Galway.
Leitrim Games Manager: Thomas Keenan
Address: Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim
Mayo Games Manager: Billy McNicholas
Address: GAA Office, MacHale Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Roscommon Games Manager: Willie Hegarty
Address: Killeenboy, Kilteevan, Co. Roscommon.
Sligo Games Manager: Liam Og Gormley
Address: Sligo GAA Office, Centre of Excellence, Scarden, Co. Sligo