The GAA coaching and games development committee in Croke Park launched a fantastic FUN DO Coaching DVD ROM for football and hurling last week for kids ages 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 is €50 (special rate). It includes both football and hurling and has up on 1000 drills in all the skills of the game in both codes. All enquires about the DVD to Games Manager Willie Hegarty at the County board GAA office or on 086-8356227. Roscommon will be having their own launch on Wednesday night, 24 th October in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon at 8 pm sharp where schools and clubs can purchase this FUN DO pack, which covers Gaelic Football, Hurling, Ladies football and Camoige. Nicky Rackard cup to visit The 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. Primary schools Go Games football blitz week 2 We are now into our second week 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. Our part-time coaches will be informing the schools with all the relevant details regarding times and venue. The following venues will be 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 will be helping our part-time coaches in running the blitzes at each venue. During week one 571 boys and girls attended our six blitz days and we thank the venues for the use of their facilities. Go Games primary schools hurling blitz week On the week starting Monday, October 22 nd we will be holding our Go Games hurling 7 a side blitz week for all the national schools we are currently coaching within the county. Coaches Prionsias Killian, Michael Carroll and Simon Coyle will inform the schools of all the relevant details this coming week with blitzs taking place in Four Roads, O’Rourke Park Castlerea and St. Dominic’s GAA pitch in Knockcroghery, commencing at 11 am sharp. Go Games primary school girls blitz on October 19th We will be holding a football blitz day for all the Convent primary schools within the county in Costlier, Boyle, Strokestown and Roscommon on this Friday, October 19 th in Kilbride GAA pitch (for fifth and sixth classes). Our part-time coaches will be informing all schools with the relevant details. It will commence at 10.30 pm sharp. U14 football development squad trip Last Saturday week our U14 football development squad had a very successful trip to Sligo as they defeated two Fermanagh squads and one from Sligo in a tournament blitz held in Curry GAA grounds. Afterwards, players and coaches were treated to a lovely hot meal. This was a lovely way to finish up all our games for this season. The next coaching session for all players on the County U14 football development squad panel is on Saturday morning, October 27 th in Kilbride GAA Park at 10.30 am sharp. Roscommon 1 st year football blitz date The second of our pre-mid term break 1 st year football blitz days for all our secondary schools within the county will take place on Thursday, October 25 th at Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon commencing at 10.30 am sharp. It is planned to a have a 2nd year football blitz after the school break. 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. TY coaching programme in four Secondary schools The Roscommon coaching and games development have put in place a coaching programme for TY students in secondary schools (which worked so well last year). The students will receive the foundation and code of best practise course along with gaining first-hand experience on coaching in the national schools with our part-time coaches and helping out with our primary schools go games blitz days. We have TY students in Roscommon Convent, Roscommon CBS, Scoil Mhuire in Strokestown and Elphin Community College. Primary Schools football and hurling coaching programme Week 6 All our part-time coaches in both football and hurling are now entering into the primary schools coaching programme for week six of our ten-week coaching cycle in all national schools within the county.