Hurling officer to meet every club
WICKLOW Juvenile GAA’s 2013 season has officially begun with the first Coiste Na nÓg board meeting of the year taking place in Aughrim on Thursday last.
New chairman David Murray welcomed the delegates to the meeting and set out the commitment of the new board to working with all juvenile clubs for the betterment of our games. Clubs are asked to lead the agenda for the meetings and a decision to commit to a minimum of one meeting per quarter was taken by the delegates.
New county fixtures secretary, Pat Lawless took the clubs through the existing competitions and it was generally agreed that only minor changes were needed to enhance the games on offer.
Hurling continues to be weak with a shortage of teams taking part. The difficulties facing clubs in promoting the game of hurling in non traditional areas was highlighted by Western Gaels who pointed to a lack of mentors with knowledge of the game.
Hurling officer Jim Bob Doyle will be meeting all of the hurling clubs in the next couple of weeks to work on supplementary competitions and to assess how the weaker and emerging clubs can best be helped.
Coaching and Games Development officer Paul Garrigan outlined the considerable list of activities that have been organised by Hugh Kenny and his staff to assist the clubs. Beginning with coach education courses Paul told the meeting of foundation level coaching available in both hurling and football in a number of venues across the county which includes, Kiltegan, Hollywood, Aughrim, Bray Emmets, Kilcoole and Ballinacor. Award 1 coaching courses are available in Aughrim, Blessington and later in the year in the new centre of excellence Ballinakill, Rathdrum.
In addition to coach education, Child welfare is being ensured with code of ethics courses being run in Valleymount, Rathnew, Ballinacor, Pearse Park Arklow and Newtown. Club Children's Officer training will be held in Baltinglass and Kilcoole.
Further details on any of these courses is available through club secretaries, Wicklow GAA websites, Wicklow Juvenile Gaa page on facebook and by contacting Hugh or any of his staff at firstname.lastname@example.org .