Wicklow represented at coaching and games development seminar
THE COACHING and development seminar on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th of November was once again of immense benefit to the 750 delegates who attended.
Cumann na mBunsscol Cill Mhantáin was represented by Cathaoirleach Jim O’Riordan, and although some of the lectures were very technical and of a scientific nature, the resulting facts were extremely interesting.
For example it is hard to believe that the average hurler, no matter what the position, would travel approximately ten kilometres in the course of a game, and that is taking into account that the ball is out of play for roughly forty-three per cent of the game!
Dermot Earley, spoke of the importance of leadership in a team coach. A coach should be a person who is ever present, who does not impose himself on the team, but rather leads by example.
Martin Fogarty, Brian Cody’s right hand man, as usual, brought his own brand of wit and sense of humour to the proceedings, and put “the theory” into practise by exhibiting a coaching session, on the pitch with children whom he with him brought from Kilkenny.
The overall message expressed from the primary schools point of view is that, smaller pitches, goals, teams, two touches are all of vital importance to the future of our games at this level.
Over-competitiveness at underage is disastrous. Inclusiveness is vital. It gives us all a great sense of pride in our organisation that the GAA can put such an exhibition on show in such a magnificent location. Presentations and handouts from the day are available to download from www.gaa.ie.
Cumann na mBunscol Náisiúnta 125 Celebrations
Cumann na mBunscol Náisiúnta intends to mark this historic year by publishing a small book entitled From Cumann na mBunscol to Páirc an Chrócaigh and Beyond. The idea behind this publication is to commemorate sportspeople who played in Cumann na mBunscol competitions and later went on to represent their county in Croke Park or their country further afield.
Each county is requested to send a small piece (300 words approximately) along with a photograph of when the person was in primary school and later as an adult.
Counties are reminded that there are various disciplines: football, hurling, camogie, handball, rounders and athletics. It is hoped to have a good balance between male and female sports stars, so counties are requested to send in at least two résumés, one male and one female.
An Coiste Náisiúnta hopes to have this publication ready in time for INTO Congress in April 2009 so urgency is of the essence. A list of counties and who they have chosen will be put up on www. scoilsport. org. Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.