Coaching Corner

Roscommon Gaels-St. Dominic’s commence Go Games blitzs Last Thursday evening at Dr. Hyde Park Roscommon Gaels and St.  Dominic’s commenced the Roscommon coaching and games development U10 Go games blitzs and it was wonderful to see three pitches in operation with up on 60 young footballers all playing at the one time with parents and young minor footballers from the clubs refereeing the matches. This will be replicated all over the county during May as every club will host two U8 and two U10 blitz evenings. Afterwards the Gaels had tea and refreshments for everyone, it was a very enjoyable evening for players and parents.  Roscommon schools going well in Connacht Championship Roscommon CBS 1st and 2nd year teams have qualified for the Connacht Colleges football B championship semi finals while St.  Aloysius College are through to the semi final of the 1st year C championship. All three school teams recorded great wins last week as they defeated Galway and Leitrim opposition. TY students ready for club coaching 33 TY students from Roscommon Convent, Roscommon CBS, Elphin Community College and Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown after completing a GAA coaching module will now be coaching in their local clubs at U8 and U10 level over the next two months on work experience as part of their coaching programme through Roscommon coaching and games development. They will be helping the clubs out with blitzs and coaching. This is new and exciting venture for all our young coaches who have gained their experience from coaching with our part-time coaches in the national schools. New camogie/hurling part-time development officer  Roscommon coaching and games development in conjunction with Roscommon camogie board have appointed a part time development officer who will be coaching in national schools, secondary schools, development squads at U14 level and organising club workshops for their coaches. Michael Carroll of Ballymoe has being appointed and will take up his new position next week. County U16 football finals on this weekend This coming weekend the Supervalu sponsored Roscommon U16 football division one and two finals take place. Padraig Pearses and Clann Na nGael contest the division one decider while Strokestown and St. Aidans meet in the division two final. Check fixture list for time and venues. Launch of VHI GAA Cul camp gear This year we have decided to launch our VHI GAA Cul camp gear during all our primary schools Go games blitz days in both football and hurling in May. This will allow all our young boys and girls in every national school within the county to see the gear that is on offer with the camps. Roscommon U16 hurling team Leinster blitz day Roscommon County U16 hurling team will take part in a special Leinster blitz day on this Saturday May 10th against Meath, Wicklow, Louth and Longford. This is the first of two blitz days organised by Leinster and it will take place in Duncanny Co Meath. Go Games U8-U10 football+hurling club blitz evening Starting this week Roscommon coaching and games development will be holding a full month of Go Games blitzes 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 their will be either 7-9 or an 11-a-side games. Every club coaching officers in football and hurling has received 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. U14 football development squad week 4 The first phase of the county U14 football development squad continues every Tuesday evening in all four regions with Ballyforan, Elphin, Ballinlough and Kilteevan the host venues. After six weeks of coaching there will be a blitz evening between the four regions on week 7 and 8. Big numbers of players attended last week in all regions. Go Games primary schools football coaching blitz days 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 next week, commencing Monday, May 12th. All schools will be notified by our coaches about times and venues this week as they have the full schedule. Go Games primary schools hurling coaching blitz days 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.   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. Primary schools competitions in both codes 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 week 5 Roscommon coaching and games development primary schools GAA coaching programme for football and hurling has commenced for the first of our two ten week coaching cycles in 2008. During the next five weeks all schools in the county will receive 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.