An initiative by games development staff James McCarthy and Paudie Crowley has proven to be a big hit with footballers from clubs across West Cork.
Throughout the month of May, Paudie and James are delivering weekly football training sessions via on line platforms. The sessions are open to boys between u12 and u14 in all Carbery clubs.
The development officers come as a double act with age appropriate skill work and advice to the players. Speaking on the success of the initiative, GDA James McCarthy notes “the aim of these sessions is to reach out to boys who may be missing activity with their clubs at present.
By offering these sessions, boys are getting out and being coached and feel part of something positive and enjoyable. The aim is to help them with ideas on how they can develop their skills at home while providing mental health benefits that physical activity brings”.
Paudie Crowley is delighted with the engagement so far with over 500 players getting involved in week 1 and great feedback from clubs and parents. “We are trying to keep the activity simple but challenging and players can get the sense of being part of a collective training without being together which is a novelty”
Over 550 players from U12 to U14 from 30 clubs joined Paudie Crowley, GPO Carbery & James McCarthy GDA West Cork on a Virtural football Coaching session online this week. Its been a super response from everyone and is running for the next 2 weeks. Contact your local club coach for details.
James managed his native Castlehaven to Senior Football County titles in 2003 and 2012 and was on the panel when they won their first senior title in 1989.He also coached his club to u21 county success in 1998. He started working a full time with the Cork GDA’s in November 2014 after spending the previous 2 years working on a part time basis with Rebel Óg Coaching. He has been a primary school coach for the past 8 years. James has coached at all levels in his club and has worked with multiple development squad panels in the past 5 years. He is a qualified Master Tutor at Foundation/Award One level and as a Code of Best Practice Tutor. In his current role James heads up our Football Talent Academies and is assigned to the Beara, West Muskerry and West Carbery clubs.
Carbery GAA along with Cáirde Chorcaí with the support of Cork GAA were pleased to announce that Paudie Crowley, Skibbereen, has been appointed as the first ever Carbery GPO. The popular appointment was made possible due to the financial backing of Cairde Chorcaí and the 26 clubs in the Carbery division.
Paudie is a very experienced coach. He spent 3 years in IT Carlow where he completed a degree in sports and exercise base within the GAA back ground. He then completed his Honours degree in Cork IT. From there he spent one year working with Leinster GAA as a Games Development administrator in Louth. In early 2018, he began working with Carbery GAA Board promoting hurling in the western part of the division. Towards the end of 2018 he began working along side both the Carbery Board and Rebel Og coaching promoting hurling and football throughout the Carbery Division. He possesses years of experience, both from a playing and coaching perspective.