Coach­ing for the ages

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

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.

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