Kanturk GAA Club has been very lucky over the last number of years in producing Cork Senior players Lorcan Mcloughlin, Aidan Walsh and Anthony Nash. Cork Intermediate John Mcloughlin, Cork Junior Dave O Riordan, Cork Minors Darren Browne and Barry Kenneally.
The club recently looked at the juvenile structure to see how it could be improved upon. The decision was taken to meet with Cork GDA Pat Spratt for a brainstorming session and having drawn comparisons with other successful club structures, saw the opportunity to start a Nursery Programme.
The Club chairman Tim Burke presided over meetings with all coaches to discuss, review and implement coaching plans. Fundamental Movement Skills and the basics of football and hurling skills were deemed a priority. We decided to call our Nursery Young Boars, T-shirts were printed in the club colours with the club crest and Young Boars name printed on the front.
The Nursery Programme was officially launched on the 26th of April 2015. The club invited players, families and coaches. The chairman made a detailed presentation outlining the goals and objectives in implementing the strategic plan. Kanturks main aim is to develop each player to their full potential and have no child left behind.
Key to its success is a child having FUN. The Programme has been underpinned by regular visits by GDA Pat Spratt, who works on up skilling the coaches on coaching best practice (coaching the coaches). In Hurling, all players were sized correctly for a Hurley and Helmet. Each child was tested to identify there hurling hand. Once the strong hand was identified the sock was placed on the hurling hand RE proper Grip for training and blitzes to ensure Grip consistency and rectify swapping hands.
As a result of launching the Nursery Kanturk have increased player participation from 45 to 70 children. Each team under 6, under 8 and under 10 has a minimum of 3 certified coaches. Under 6s are participating in regular blitzes. The under 8s and the under 10s are now being skills tested internally by their coaches on 6 week blocks and externally when attending blitzes on a regular basis. The goal is to achieve the bronze standard in the Rebel Óg Benchmarking in 2015. To ensure continued success the goals and objectives are continually reviewed by the Nursery Coordinator