Hurling coaching workshop with Paudie Butler On Monday evening April 28th national hurling director Paudie Butler and Connacht hurling games manager Damien Coleman will conduct an outdoor coaching session integrating fitness with the ball for all our underage club and school coaches in both hurling and camogie in Four Roads at 7 pm sharp. Roscommon will have an underage development squad in attendance on the evening. A big turn-out of coaches is expected. Go Games primary schools football blitzs In conjunction with our part time school football coaches Roscommon coaching and games development will be holding 12 blitzs and go games coaching workshops for all boys and girls in 3rd and 4th class at different venues through the county — taking in every national school — from the week commencing Monday May 12th. All schools will be notified by our coaches about times and venues this week. Go Games primary schools hurling blitzs Our three hurling coaches, Prionsias Killian, Michael Carroll and Simon Coyle will be organising and conducting our Go Games hurling blitz days for all national schools commencing Monday, May 26th at three different venues. Primary schools skills star challenge The response to our new skills star challenge in both football and hurling initiative which tests the skills of players in both codes has generated great interest among all the 6th class boys and girls in the majority of primary schools. Each child is tested on 10 different skills with their strong and weak foot in football and weak side in hurling. We hope to hold the county finals in early June and there is a separate competition for boys and girls. Go Games U8-U10 football+hurling club blitz Coming up in May the Roscommon coaching and games development will be holding a full month of Go Games blitzs for all our U8 and U10 players. Each club within the county will host one U8 and one U10 blitz evening as two clubs come together. The idea is that every players that turns up plays as there will be either 7-9 or an 11-a-side games. All club coaching officers will receive all the relevant information this week from GAA games manager Willie Hegarty. We want every young player to play and enjoy these games. We will be looking to parents to help out their local club on the evening. Underage hurlers on sale at great price Games manager Willie Hegarty has a supply of underage 30 inch hurlers for all the underage hurling clubs in the county at a great price of just six euro per hurler. Let’s hope that every club avails of this offer which is being helped out financially by both the Connacht Council and Croke Park games development. Clubs are asked to contact Willie Hegarty immediately. Connacht minor football championship The round robin Connacht minor football championship commenced last Saturday evening as Roscommon travelled to Carrick-on-Shannon to play Leitrim. This Saturday evening Roscommon will host Sligo at Dr. Hyde Park at 7 pm. The Roscommon coaching and games development committee wish the minor team and management the very best of luck on Saturday. VHI GAA Cul Camp booking forms Booking forms for all our VHI GAA cul camps in both football and hurling are now in every primary school in the county. All applications are to be returned to Willie Hegarty, GAA Games Manager, c/o Roscommon GAA county board offices, 5/6 Castle view, Castle Street, Roscommon town. U14 football development squad week 2 The first phase of the county U14 football development squad commenced recently in all four regions and will continue for the next four weeks. Ballyforan, Elphin, Ballinlough and Kilteevan are the venues; all clubs have being notified by our co-ordinators on how many players to send to each region. After five weeks of coaching there will be a blitz evening between the four regions on week 6. Big numbers of players attended in all regions. Primary schools competitions underway Action is now underway in both football and hurling as the primary school competitions are in full swing for the next two months. Primary school football and hurling coaching The Roscommon coaching and games development primary schools GAA coaching programme for football and hurling commenced last week for the first of our two ten-week coaching cycles in 2008. During the next ten weeks all schools in the county will have coaching, Go games blitz days and our first ever skills star challenge for boys and girls in 6th class – all of the above will be conducted by our part-time coaches in both codes. VHI Cul camp students for Roscommon camps Any third level students wishing to work on our annual VHI GAA cul camps in both football and hurling are asked to apply to GAA games manager Willie Hegarty ASAP. Coaching experience would be a help, letter of application to Roscommon GAA county board office, 5-6 Castle Street, Roscommon town. Play and stay with the GAA in May The month of May nationally in the GAA will be known as ‘play and stay with the GAA in May’ and here in Roscommon we will be holding U8-U10 Go Games blitzs at both football and hurling. The Roscommon coaching and games development have 13 centres in football and 4 in hurling organised for the blitzs. Each club within the county will have to host two blitz evenings at U8 and U10 level. All our blitzs will be either 7-a-side or 9-a-side to ensure that every boy or girl that arrives will play in all games. Roscommon GAA VHI Cul camp programme 2008 We now have the full itinerary of this year’s Roscommon GAA VHI Cul camps and a full list of dates and venues for all our young boys and girls. Contact Willie Hegarty (086) 8356227 for further details.