News from North GDA Pat Spratt

Wishing all Coaching officers and coaches in the region a happy Easter.

Month of March National schools coaching Newtownshandrum NS, Ballyhea NS, Shanballymore NS Dromina NS, Ballyhass NS, Kilbrin NS, Ballyclough NS, Burnfort NS, Mitchelstown CBSNS, Ballygiblin NS. Junior, Senior infant and first class pupils in schools around the region have started their 3 week coaching sessions this month. All 64 primary schools in the region will get their 3 week sessions in the coming months.
Month of March Post Primary schools Patrician Academy Mallow, Boherbue, Buttevant, Milstreet CS Colaiste Treasa Kanturk, Colmans Fermoy, Charleville CBS Coaching of school teams from u14 up in football and hurling has taken place in these schools all other post primary schools in the region will also be receiving coaching in the upcoming weeks.

Congratulations also to Charleville CBS u14 hurlers who won the Limerick County final this month.

Month of March U14, 15, & 16 Regional / county squads Across the region
The u14 footballers and hurlers are still training and playing inter-regional challenge games over Easter , and the squads have been reduced to 30 from 40 in preparation for the summer.
u15 & u16 footballers and hurlers are preparing for their summer tournaments training in Pairc Ui Chaoimh and CIT.
  Month of March Club visits / workshops Glanworth, Knocknagree, Croke Rovers, Kildorrery, Boherbue, Fermoy, Granard Gaels, Duaraigle Gaels, Dromtarriffe, Meelin, Newmarket, Ballyclough. Courcey Rovers (GAA for All) All these clubs booked in for a club coaching workshop with me this month, I’m already getting full for April so if your club wants a workshop carried out contact me asap.
5th March Monster Blitz / Go Games meetings Mallow Colm Crowley GDA and myself hosted a meeting for coaches of u7’s to u11’s in Mallow GAA on March 5th.
At this we’ll be discussing the new leagues and pod groupings for u8s to 11’s. These were very informative meetings discussing the new format for monster blitzs and go games leagues. The evening was very well attended with a representative from almost every club present on the night.
Also on the night, I gave out the certs to the clubs who didn’t receive their’s at the benchmarking awards the previous Saturday in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Upcoming  Events
Month of April Primary schools Castletownroche NS, Milstreet NS, Rathcoole NS, Knocknagree NS, Ballyhooly NS, Baltydaniel NS, Newmarket BNS, Banteer NS and Analientha NS
We will continue with our visits and coaching sessions in primary schools across the region.
Month of April Post Primary schools Patrician Academy Mallow,  Millstreet Community, Boherbue Comprehensive, Buttevant, Colaiste Treasa Kanturk, Colmans Fermoy, Craoibhin Fermoy, Charleville CBS. Post Primary schools coaching and TY courses will continue this month in  schools across the region.
Month of April U14, U15 & 16 Development squads U14 football and hurling squads will continue their preparations for the upcoming tournaments.
The u 15 and 16 regional squads are finished now but there is a large group of these players will be training with County squads over the next few weeks in both hurling and football.
April Club visits Clubs already booked for a workshop:
Ballyhooly, Duaraigle Gaels, Newmarket, Kildorrery, Dromtarriffe, Mitchelstown, Meelin, Milford and Ballyhea

I’m taking club visits bookings now. Clubs who submitted for benchmarking in 2017 will get preference. I will be available to meet on Monday or Wednesday evenings  from 7pm. Places will be given on a “first come, first serve” basis. 

For these meetings the club needs to decide if they want:

– a club structure meeting where we bring in the club administrators and coaches and discuss the club from top to bottom and assess where the club is at.

– a benchmarking review where look at last years submission and plan for the club going forward.

– a coaching workshop, where I run a practical workshop in hurling or football with the coaches of all age groups in the club.

9th April Benchmarking
The start date of Benchmarking for 2018 will be April 9th.  I will email all clubs to remind them as well.  Any club activity (workshops, matches etc) which has happened prior to this date should also be logged in the logbooks as well.
6th & 7th April Foundation level coaching courses Kilavullen

Kilavullen Gaa are hosting a foundation Level coaching course on April 6th and 7th. This is open to coaches from across the region. to book a place, contact Fiachra on 087 6901590.

Well done also to Dromtarriffe, Charleville and Milford on holding Foundation courses in their clubs over the last few weeks, and also to Croke Rovers and Glanworth who will have one in the next few weeks. Great work being done in clubs across the region.
April 3rd & 4th Easter u13 regional camp Mallow I will run an Easter camp for 2005 born players on April 3rd and 4th in Mallow Gaa complex. This camp is open to ALL players born in this year. At this camp we will be skills testing all players in both football and hurling, giving a talk on nutrition and introducing some S&C and injury prevention training. Can all coaching officers make sure their club players aware of it.
April Minor teams Best of luck to both the minor footballers and hurlers and their managements who begin their Munster championship campaigns next month, especially the players from the North region which is strongly represented on both panels.

Pat Spratt

GDA for Avondhu / Duhallow