In last months issue we focused on Sean Crowley, Games Development Administrator. We now turn our attention to our newest GDA, Shane Supple. We caught up with Shane to get an inisght in to his involvement in GAA
Shane Supple from Gortroe Youghal Co Cork has been player, secretary & PRO with his local club St Itas in Gortroe, Youghal, Co Cork for a number of years. He is a well established coach in local Primary Schools in his area. During that time Shane has been working as a coach and trainer for different teams in East Cork. As he says himself “My one big claim to fame is coaching Seamus Harnedy and Angela Walsh among others when they were Junior infants in school!!”.
Shane has always had a love of Hurling and Football. He has won East Cork medals with Glenbower Rovers in Football and St Itas in Hurling, going on to win a County title in 2007.
In 2012 Shane started working alongside the Cork GDA’s (through an internship programme) and got involved in the regional squads at U13, U14, U15 & U16 in East Cork, coaching and mentoring in both Hurling and Football. In 2015, he became Secretary of the Rebel Og East Board which was a large undertaking and in this time he got to meet many of the clubs he will be working with going forward, he also started working for the Cork County Board coaching in various schools on a full time basis.
Shane started working as a full time Games Development Administrator in Cork this week and hopes to continue the great work already done by the other GDA’s in the county. Its an important role that he is looking forward to taking on.
Shane noted “Its important for younger players to get out onto the field and play their favorite sport. Lots of great players at the top level have played but never won anything and Shane says the same will happen at grassroots level. The social benefits for younger players to be involved in playing games, taking part and becoming part of a club are huge. While it is our tradition, it is far more then that, its a way to make lifelong friends and to stay grounded in your local community.”
Shane will be heading up the Coach Education Programme in Cork taking over from Sean Crowley GDA. Shane will be working in East Cork and he will be making contact with clubs in the next few days to arrange