Rebel Óg Academy football panels and mentors from U14 to U17 for this summer’s programme were launched on Sunday 26th June in CIT. The Players selected have come through a series of inter-regional tournaments and trials over the past nine months and will remain on the squads selected until the conclusion of the summer programme at the end of August, when all county panels will be disbanded and players will again revert to their regions. Many thanks to mentors at Club, School and County level for your continued good work with all players.
The evening started with training at 5pm followed by team pictures at 7pm and the official launch of the summer programme at 7.30pm. A large crowd was there on the night to support the players and teams. A similar night for the hurling squads will take place ahead of their tournaments in August.
Cork GAA was well represented on the night with Cork County Chairman Ger Lane, Coiste na nOg Chairman John Purcell and Corks Minor football manager Brian Herlihy, County board officers Noel O’Callaghan (Children’s Officer), Donal Leahy County PRO, Cian O’Brien Coiste na nOg PRO who were all present. It was great to see all the mentors and coaching staff including Brian Cuthbert give a hand with our footballers on the night. A special mention must go to the GDA’s who put in long hours alongside team mentors helping coaching and organising everything and this year James McCarthy is the GDA responsible for the underage Football and the main organiser of the launch night. With great input and work from Cork Coaching Officer Kevin O Donovan, Games Manager Kevin O Callaghan and GDA’s Pat Spratt, Colm Crowley, Paudie O’Brien, Sean Crowley & Shane Supple all working with our underage players in Hurling & Football, the future is bright.
We must thank Rebel Og, Cork GAA, UCC & CIT for their unending support help and assistance during the year. Cummins Sports who have supplied the Academy gear this year, the staff at CIT for their help in running the launch, to the parents of the players who are without doubt the unsung heros, bringing lads to training & matches during the year, to all the clubs who provide the players and facilities during the year for training and games and finally all the mentors of our teams from regional to the academy. People who give their time, expertise and help freely, week after week to make sure our underage players can continue in the proud tradition of wearing the Cork jersey.