Andy Ryan, Games Development Administration has issued the following Coaching Newsletter to all clubs.
Great to see all clubs back on the the fields and looking forward to a great year.
Primary Schools Go Games Indoor Blitzes:
We had our festival of Go Games indoor hurling blitzes recently.These blitzes were held in Presentation Secondary School and Gairmscoil Mhuire Thurles.Over 900 children took part in these blitzes with most of the schools in the Division taking part.Thanks to Presentation Convent Thurles , Gairmscoil Mhuire for the use of their facilities and to TY pupils of Thurles CBS for all their help.
Go Games Referees Course:
Over half term in February a division Go Games referee course took place in Thurles CBS Secondary school with boys and girls attending from different clubs within our division. These referees should be a great to our clubs refereeing our under 8 and 10 blitzes.Hopefully some of these young people will get a flair for refereeing and progress on to the referees foundation course.
Go Games Blitzes :
Our under 8 and 10 Go Games Blitzes are up and running now.We kicked off on Saturday February 25th with a under 8 football blitz over 400 children took part with every child playing 3 games.Last Saturday saw the turn of our under 10s in Rockwell College again every child played 3 games here. Thanks to all the mentors for their help on the smooth running of these blitzes.Drom/Inch and Thurles Gaels also held football blitzes recently.
Coach Education :
Foundation and Award 1 courses are ongoing at the moment , with more courses coming up in the near future , clubs will be notified of these courses.
TY Course :
This month saw a TY course held in Presentation Convent Ballingary . I will notify the clubs who had students on this course, please try and get these coaches involved with your under 6s 8s and 10s as they have alot to offer to our clubs.
Divisional Squads :
Over the past few weeks our Divisional Football squads have being working hard. Great numbers have being turning out for these sessions with average numbers being under 14 (39) , under 15 (34), and under 16 (26). Its great to see these numbers and to see all players working so hard to make the divisional side , thanks to all the clubs for the use of their grounds for these sessions. The selectors for football are under 14 Kevin Butler (Drom/Inch), Eoin Shortt ( Upperchurch Drombane) and Jack Fogarty (Moyne Templetouhy). Under 15 Kirean Healy ( Moyne Templetouhy) Damien Young (Drom/Inch) Conor Stakelum ( Durlas Og ) and Andy Ryan GDA. And under 16 Jimmy Swenney (Loughmore Castleiney) and Donal Donnelly (Moycarkey Borris).
Munster Coaching Conference :
The Munster Coaching Conference takes place in Mallow GAA Complex ne Saturday March 10th at 9.00. The theme for this years conference is "Best Practice in Child Development". Registration fee is 30 euro :includes lunch and coaching pack including handouts of the conference proceedings.
Garda Vetting :
You will be aware that in recent years the GAA has made considerable progress in the vetting of persons who work on behalf of the GAA with children (under 18 years) and vulnerable adults. In Tipperary there has been an excellent response to the process by clubs, referees, etc and to date 1630 members have been vetting.
However, unfortunately, a small number of clubs have not engaged fully in this process. Also, new personnel have become involved in recent months in the coaching and managing of underage teams following clubs’ AGM’s. Clubs should ensure that all these are Garda vetted.
Garda Vetting of persons working with children within the GAA is mandatory and failing to do this by clubs or individuals is a breach of GAA procedures. Clubs having any queries in respect of Garda Vetting should contact Jim Lynch, County Vetting Co-Ordinator at 086-8443285.
Also all clubs are requested to appoint a Club Children’s Officer and in this regard an Information Night organised by John Smith, County Children’s Officer will be held later this month.
Group Passes for National League Games :
Tipperary County Board invites Juvenile Clubs and Schools to organize Groups to attend the following Allianz Leagues in Semple Stadium;
Sun Mar 11th in Semple Stadium: Allianz League Double Bill: 12.45pm: Football Tipp v Cavan 2.30pm: Hurling Tipp v Galway
Sun Mar 18th in Semple Stadium Allianz Hurling League: 2.30pm: Tipp v Waterford
Sun April 1st in Semple Stadium Allianz Hurling League: 2.30pm Tipp v Cork
Under 16’s will be given free entry and one accompanying adult will also be admitted free with every 10 juveniles in the Group. If you are interested in attending please fill out the attached form and return it to me well in advance of the game firstname.lastname@example.org
Easter Camps :
Over the Easter holidays Tipperary Coaching and Games will be running Easter Camps
• We are offering them to clubs at a cost of €20 per head.
• The camps will be for three days Tues, Wed ,Thurs 3rd,4th. 5th.10th,11th,12th April, commencing on Tues 3rd April
• Time will be 10am to 1pm or 2pm to 5pm depending on club.
• They will be confined to primary school children from 6 to 12 years of age, boys and girls.
• Each participant will receive a sliotar and a football.
• We will employ the coaches but would need a club coordinator to collect application forms and money and make sure the club grounds and dressing rooms are available each day.
• We will be distributing application forms shortly.
• We will also be promoting them in primary schools.
Please let me know if your club are interested in Easter camps asap.
Dates For March :
• March 10th Munster Coaching Conference in GAA Complex Mallow
• March 11th NHL & NFL Double Bill ( Group entry available)
• March 18th NHL Tipperary v Waterford (Group entry available )
• March 19th Inter divisional Football Under 14 Ballylooby 1.00 Under 15 Bansha 11.00 and Under 16 Littleton 1.00
• March 24th County Go Games Under 10 Football Blitz
• March 29th Munster 1st Year Supertouch Blitzes Dr Morris Park
• March 30th Munster 1st Year Supertouch Blitzes Dr Moris Park
• March 31st Todd Nolan Inter county under 17 hurling tournament (Kerry venue )
• March 31st County Go Games Under 8 Football Blitz
Andy Ryan 087 9090985
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