Roscommon GAA underage club coaching conference and workshop For the first time ever Roscommon coaching and games development committee will be holding an underage GAA coaching conference and workshop for all clubs in the county for both football and hurling. It takes place on Saturday, December 1 st in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. The main theme of the conference will be all about coaching and drafting development plans to tailor the needs of all clubs within the county to ensure they are catering for all our young players adequately. Every club will be allowed to send three delegates to the conference. More details later when the agenda is completed and on the day we will have a guest speaker to address the conference. National GAA Games Development conference 2007 The annual national GAA Games Development conference whose theme this year is creating a platform for people to play and stay with the GAA will take place in Croke Park on Saturday, November from 9.30 am to 5 pm. Some of the topics include Burnout, fadeout and dropout, Performance Analysis, keeping track of the basic playing facts, integrating ball work and fitness, understanding the trade off between time and space-attacking /defending, preparation for games-rehearsal, routines, focusing and motivation, club pitches-essential do’s and don’ts, Analysis of Gaelic football 1970-2006. Guest speakers include John Sugrue, trainer of Kerry senior football team, Brian Cody Kilkenny hurling manager, Neil Wood, rugby league services manager, and Richard Hayden, STRI Croke Park pitch maintenance. The cost of the conference is €100 and for further information please ring 01-7007578, Email email@example.com or contact Roscommon GAA games manager Willie Hegarty who has some brochures for coaches wishing to attend. Nicky Rackard Cup on tour this week in Primary schools The Nicky Rackard cup which Roscommon won in Croke Park last August will be visiting all our hurling primary schools in the county this week. It is hoped players, mentors, club and County board officials and our coaching staff in the primary schools will be doing the tour with the Cup. On Thursday 8 th the cup will visit Michael Carroll schools starting at 9.30 am, Cloverhill, Clooneycolgan, Runnamoat, Ballinatubber, Endfield, Aughrim and Elphin. Visits on Friday 9th will start at 9.30 am in Cloonfad, with Carrick, Ballinagare, Tarmon, Trien, St. Paul’s Castlerea and Castlerea Community School all to be visited. The following week the cup will be calling to all national schools in the Padraig Pearses club area at a day yet to be confirmed. Roscommon schools in Connacht colleges football action Starting this week all our secondary schools will be involved in the first round of fixtures in the Connacht College’s football championship at B and C level. Good luck to all Roscommon players and schools with the big game locally between Castlerea Community School and St. Aloysius College in the Connacht Colleges C football championship premilarly round. Next session for Roscommon U14 football development squad The next coaching session for the Roscommon U14 football development squad will take place in Kilbride GAA Park on Saturday, November 24 th at 10.30 am sharp. 371 attend Go Games primary schools hurling blitzes Roscommon coaching and games development held four days of Go Games hurling 7 a side blitzs for all the national schools we are currently coaching in within the County. Coaches Prionsias Killian, Michael Carroll and Simon Coyle organised the blitzs along with our TY students. The venues the blitzs took place in were Four Roads (Monday), O’Rourke Park Castlerea (Tuesday), St. Dominic’s GAA pitch in Knockcroghery (Wednesday) and Roscommon Town on Thursday. For the first time ever kids from Lismoyle, Curraghboy, Cloonfad, Carrick, Trien and Aughrim took part in a hurling blitz. U15 football development squad conclude games programme Roscommon U15 football development squads concluded their season with a blitz day against Sligo on last Saturday, November 3 rd at St Faithleachs GAA pitch in Ballyleague. All counties had two squads taking part on the day and full details here next week on how the Roscommon boys fared. Roscommon 1 st year football blitz day at Dr. Hyde Park The second of our pre-mid term break 1 st year football blitz days for all our secondary schools within the county took place recently at Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon. Schools that took part were Castlerea Community School, Abbey College Boyle, St. Mary’s Ballygar, Elphin Community college and Roscommon CBS, who had two teams. A big thanks to the 3 TY boys from Roscommon CBS who helped Peter Carney in referring matches all day. It is planned to a have a 2nd year football blitz after the school break. Fun do learning resource pack for sale Primary schools and clubs along with any coach can now purchase this FUN DO learning resource pack, which covers Gaelic Football, Hurling, Ladies football and Camoige. The Roscommon coaching and games development committee would like every club to at least buy one as they aim to improve their underage structure within the club from U6 to U12. The cost of the DVD at present, a special rate, is €50, which includes both football and hurling has up on 1000 drills in all the skills of the game in both codes and this extradionary production filled with drills, skills, tips and resources means coaching kids from six upwards has just got a whole lot easier. All enquires about the DVD to Games manager Willie Hegarty at the County board GAA office or on 086-8356227. 972 boys and girls take part in Go Games football blitzes The Roscommon coaching and games development completed their two weeks of 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. During the two weeks 972 boys and girls attended our 10 blitz days and we thank the venues for the use of their facilities. Primary school coaching week 9 in the National schools Next week will be week 9 of our 10 week coaching cycle in part one of our football and hurling coaching programme with our part time coaches in both codes in all primary schools within the county.