Coaching Corner

Go Games primary schools hurling blitzs Starting this week we are holding our Go Games hurling 7 a side blitz week for all the national schools we are currently coaching in within the county. Coaches Prionsias Killian, Michael Carroll and Simon Coyle are organising the blitzes along with our TY students, and the venues the blitzes are taking place in are Four Roads (Monday), O’Rourke Park Castlerea (Tuesday) and St.  Dominic’s GAA pitch in Knockcroghery (Wednesday) and Roscommon town (Thursday),  commencing at 11 am sharp each day this week. U14 football development squad coaching session this Saturday The next coaching session for all players on the County U14 football development squad panel is on this Saturday morning, October 27 th in Kilbride GAA Park at 10.30 am sharp. Co-ordinators will be in touch with all players this week. U15 football development squad coaching news There is a strong possibility that our U15 football development squad will conclude their season with a blitz day in Roscommon against Sligo and Leitrim on Saturday, November 3 rd at a Roscommon venue. All players will be notified in due course. Fun Do Coaching DVD launch   The GAA coaching and games development committee in Croke Park launched a fantastic FUN DO  Coaching DVD ROM for football and hurling recently for kids aged between 6 and 13. This DVD is a must for all coaches, parents and teachers to promote the learning of key skills in Gaelic football and hurling using a fun and positive approach. The cost of the DVD (a special rate) is €50. The DVD, which  includes both football and hurling, has up on 1000 drills in all the skills of the game in both codes. All enquiries about the DVD to games manager Willie Hegarty at the County Board GAA office or on 086-8356227.  Nicky Rackard cup to visit hurling schools in Roscommon All-Ireland trophy the Nicky Rackard Cup which Roscommon won in Croke Park last August will be visiting all our hurling primary schools in the county on the week starting Monday, 5 th November. It is hoped players, mentors, club and County Board officials and our coaching staff in the schools will be doing the tour with the cup. More details of the itinerary closer to the date. 972 boys and girls take part in Go Games football blitzs   We are have now completed our two weeks of our football GO Games blitz days for all boys and girls in fifth and sixth class in every national school in the county over a two-week period at twelve different venues (with all games on a 7 a side format).    The following venues were used for the blitz days: Dr. Hyde Park, Kiltoom, Enfield, Elphin, O’Rourke Park (Castlerea), Abbey Park (Boyle), Ballyforan, Frenchpark, Johnstown, Ballinlough, Padraig Pearses and Tarmonbarry. Our new batch of TY students from the various secondary schools helped our part-time coaches in running the blitzs at each venue. During the two weeks 972 boys and girls attended our 10 blitz days and we thank the venues for the use of their facilities. 120 girls take part in Go Games primary school girls blitz   Last Friday we held a football blitz day for all the Convent primary schools girl footballers within the county. Boyle, Strokestown and Roscommon took part in Kilbride GAA pitch for fifth and sixth classes which was organised by our part-time GAA coaches in the schools. We also thank Connacht Development Officer Mary Beades and Roscommon’s Sports Partnership’s Annette McGeeney for their assistance on the day. Roscommon CBS hurlers take part in Connacht blitz   The 1 st and 2 nd year hurlers of Roscommon CBS took part in two Connacht secondary schools blitz days in Padraig Pearses GAA grounds over the last few weeks against teams from Galway and Mayo and competed very well in both age groups. Primary schools individual skills take up in schools on the up As our part-time coaches are now back in schools the Roscommon coaching and games development are going to launch their new GAA primary schools GAA skills award competition for boys and girls in sixth class in both football and hurling. Each player will be tested on ten separate skills on three occasions during the year. The player with the best points tally after the three tests are completed is the overall school winner who then goes forward to a regional play-off, where 20 kids will be chosen to compete in the county final. We would hope each club would help out their local schools in running this new project where all boys and girls are afforded a great opportunity to improve on their skills. The report from our part-time coaches working on the ground is that some pupils are working hard on their skills. We hope the local club would help out the school in running this skills competition.