Imokilly GDA News 2012-12-07 15:42:00

Imokilly Games Development Newsletter December 2012 

Club Coaching Plan

For clubs wishing to put a coaching plan in place for the 2013 season, you need to start planning now.

We currently rolling out the Child Development Programme in clubs around East Cork. The coaching plan is aimed putting in place a skills pathway so that coaches know what skills are to be covered at different ages and also ensuring that all skills are coached. If your club is interested Contact me immediately on 0867725377.

National Games Development Conference

The Games Development Conference will take place on Saturday, January 12th 2013 in Croke Park. This year's conference is entitled ‘Coaching Adults - More Than the Sum of Our Parts'. Our Games Development structures are aligned to provide opportunities for players as Child, Youth or Adult participants; so for the first time our annual Games Development Conference will focus on areas related specifically to the participation in our games by the adult player.

A wide range of speakers will present on the day, including former Dublin Senior Football manager Pat Gilroy, current Cork Senior Hurling manager Jimmy Barry Murphy, coach to the Irish Olympic boxing squad Billy Walsh and Horse Trainers and Breeder Jim Bolger.

For more information on the Games Development Conference, visit the Conference section of the Games Development website or email

A schedule of primary school blitzs are being finalised for the new year at regional and local level to supplement the excellent games schedule run by Sciath na Scol. Sciath na Scol will send blitz details to school e mail addresses.

Monster Go Games U8 Blitzes - Summer 2013 Proposal
Following a very successful programme in 2012, plans for next summer are almost ready, with the series hopefully extending right across the county. It is proposed to give each club the opportunity to enter eight U8 blitzes over the summer months. In May, June, July and August, Monster football blitzes would run on the second Saturday of every month, followed by Monster hurling blitzes on the fourth Saturday of the month. On each date, blitzes would take place at seven venues across the county, with clubs allowed the opportunity to enter as they wished.
Monster Go Games U10 Blitzes - Summer 2013 Proposal
Similarly, at U10 level, one Monster blitz per month would take place from April to September on the third Saturday of the month. This would mean three football and three football blitzes, which would run alongside the regular U10 Go Games provided by the Coiste Oiliuna. Again, it is hoped that seven venues across the county would give a wide geographical spread and minimise travelling for teams. Again, these proposals are about to go to committee level, so all comments are welcome.

Development Squads
On Monday Night December the 10th at 8pm a meeting to outline the current Cork Development Squad programme from u14 to u17 will take place in the Rochestown Park Hotel.This meeting is open to all club and school coaches with players at these age levels.

The calendar below, details dates of the Development Squads Camps and training sessions. All camp sessions will run from 9.30am to 3pm daily

6 Player Development Camp weeks

1. Monday, October 29th - Friday, November 2nd

2. Wednesday, January 2nd - Friday, January 4th

3. Monday, February 11th - Friday, February 15th

4. Monday, April 1st - Friday, April 15th

5. Monday, June 24th - Friday, June 28th

6. Monday, August 19th - Friday, August 23rd

5 Saturdays

1. Saturday, January 26th

2. Saturday, March 30th

3. Saturday, May 25th

4. Saturday, June 29th (to be confirmed)

5. Saturday, August 31st 


The Cork County Board wish to recruit a County Games Development Administrator. The successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation of GAA Games Development Policy and will report directly to the Cork County Games Manager. The successful applicant will be expected to work as part of a team in conjunction with other full time and voluntary personnel to deliver set goals and objectives for all GAA sports.

Candidates interested in the above role should apply by sending an up to date Curriculum Vitae by Email to on or before 5pm on 12th December 2012.

Brian Murphy, GDA 

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