Huge num­bers at­tend Wick­low Cúl Camps

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CÚL CAMPS OVER 2,600 chil­dren at­tended Cúl Camps in Wick­low in the sum­mer gone by, a record num­ber since the camps be­gan back in 1993, ac­cord­ing to Wick­low Games Man­ager Hugh Kenny.

Over­all the re­port fur­nished by the Balt­in­glass man was pos­i­tive to­wards the camps with one of the few nega­tives be­ing the added pres­sure placed on coaches by chil­dren who turned up on the day with­out prior book­ing.

“The im­por­tance of Gaelic Games/Kel­logg’s GAA Cúl Camps among County Wick­low fam­i­lies is reaf­firmed by the fact that Wick­low GAA had their big­gest ever attendance since the first of­fi­cial Camps were in­tro­duced to Wick­low in 1993.

“The Kel­logg’s GAA Cúl Camps have al­ways been an im­por­tant part of games de­vel­op­ment, teach­ing chil­dren im­por­tant skills, en­cour­ag­ing friend­ships and im­prov­ing phys­i­cal well­be­ing. With over 2,600 chil­dren at­tend­ing the camps in 2014, we are de­lighted with the con­tri­bu­tion from par­ents, clubs, Pri­mary Schools, teach­ers, coaches and camp su­per­vi­sors.

“Chil­dren join­ing on the day were the big­gest chal­lenge to the whole or­gan­i­sa­tion of the camps.

“This needs to be im­proved on for 2015.

“As we will have to re­ward those who book on time and put in some re­stric­tions on those who book on the day.

“This puts us un­der pres­sure when giv­ing out the kits to chil­dren and ap­point­ing coaches as we have no def­i­nite num­bers and it is only an es­ti­mate when or­der­ing gear.

“Ap­pli­ca­tion forms for coach­ing po­si­tions were sent out in Fe­bru­ary 2014 to iden­tify suit­able peo­ple who would con­trib­ute to the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of all chil­dren at­tend­ing our camps.

“The ap­pli­ca­tions com­pleted out­weighed the num­ber of coaches that we re­cruited and needed to com­plete a coach­ing team for the sum­mer. All our coaches were trained over two days to the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dard in con­junc­tion with prac­ti­cal coach­ing ses­sions for all our coaches in Bal­li­nakill in con­junc­tion with Rath­drum BNS. This all helped pre­pare our coaches for the 33 camps that took place dur­ing the sum­mer.

Kenny also out­lined how the Len­ovo GAA Skills Hub had to be can­celled due to a lack of num­bers.

“The Len­ovo GAA Skills Hub sched­ule was to take place in Bal­li­nakill at the end of June had to be can­celled due to lack of num­bers regis­tered. In to­tal a to­tal of 14 of the 26 camps ac­tu­ally took place na­tion­ally.

“There is al­ways the feel­ing that youth camps would be im­por­tant and re­quired as a follow on from the Cúl camps. But in this case it is not jus­ti­fied.

“With Len­ovo com­mit­ted to spon­sor the camps for a fur­ther two years we will how­ever try to progress this again in 2015,” he added.

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