Youth key for clubs

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400 kids on its books at present and is look­ing to ex­pand into the fu­ture in a strate­gic and con­trolled man­ner while also of­fer­ing all po­ten­tial play­ers from com­mu­nity a place to come and play.

When look­ing at GAA Clubs it is easy to fo­cus in on the sil­ver­ware first and then to the club as a whole how­ever when the fo­cus is on a ju­ve­nile club then par­tic­i­pa­tion lev­els and fun re­ally are the most im­por­tant things.

The ju­ve­nile GAA club in Mal­low ticks the boxes on all lev­els as the club con­tin­ues to see im­pres­sive growth in num­bers and plenty ti­tles while all the while con­tin­u­ing to keep that fun ele­ment at the fore­front of all that is done.

The club also re­ceived the boost of re­ceiv­ing a Rebel Óg De­cem­ber Award in re­cent times which has put a great gloss on what was al­ready a pro­gram for all at the club.

This dual club caters for hun­dreds of play­ers on a weekly ba­sis from U7s to U18s with no team given any higher pri­or­ity than any other — and while that is eas­ier said than done it re­ally is the case at Mal­low.

To give you an idea of the lo­gis­tics that go into run­ning a club like Mal­low Ju­ve­nile GAA Club there are over 50 coaches in­volved in bring out the best in the lo­cal kids with in ex­cess of 1,000 train­ing ses­sions held in 2016 — not to men­tion hun­dreds of games through­out the grades. The num­bers are even more mind bog­gling in 2017 how­ever as al­ways on the vol­un­teer­ing front Mal­low is blessed to be able to call upon

Young girls from the Castle­lyons Camo­gie Club at Croke Park.

Mac­room U8s in 2016. The fu­ture of this im­pres­sive sport­ing club looks bright.

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