Hurl­ing of­fi­cer to meet ev­ery club

Bray People - - SPORT -

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 hugh.kenny.games­man­ager.wicklow@gaa.ie .

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