Huge numbers attend Wicklow Cúl Camps
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.