Coaching for the ages
A new coaching programme by Sligo GAA is aimed at kids at U11 and U12 level form clubs all around the county to give them the opportunity to play against similar players of their age. Liam Óg Gormley explains: “We invite all the kids and we bring them in once a month. Aidan Rooney has been taking the U11s for us and Peader Niland the U12s. We’ve coaches in from the clubs too, It’s to get them to play games with all the other kids from the clubs. A lot of the kids in the small clubs are playing a number of different age grades within their club. So they might have only four U12s and five U11s and four U10s, so it allows them play games with their own ages. The other thing is to get them used to coming in here to Scarden too,” Liam Óg explained.
“Scarden is superb, we have about 120 kids out there today, you can handle 120 kids without any problems. We have two or three pitches there and everytime they come in we’ll skillstest them to see how they are getting on, their soloing, handpassing, kicking, all that sort of stuff. So we monitor them. The reason for it is that it’s an extra support to the club. It gives another avenue where the kids can come in and play with different kids but at the same time they’re coming in as part of their club and that’s the reason for it,” Liam Óg added.