Imokilly GDA News 2013-04-07 07:24:00

Imokilly Games Development

Imokilly U14 Development squads

Over the past few months a number of players from each club came out for training sessions in both football and hurling. Eventually after a few sessions a panel of 40 was picked in both codes to represent Imokilly in the Divisional tournament in CIT over the Easter holidays. There were two teams in each code and all the players got plenty of game time. There were no trophies and scorelines were not recorded. The emphasis of the competition was to allow the best players in the divisions to play and compete against each other at a higher standard than the club scene.

Training will resume in the coming weeks and clubs will have an opportunity to send out players once again.

Many thanks to Padraig Finn (St Colmans) , Tom mellerick (Fr O Neils) ,John Desmond (Watergrasshill) and Philip Monaghan (Youghal) for their assistance with the teams over the last while and to the clubs for kindly providing there pitches and facilities when needed

Coaching Courses

48 coaches from a wide range of clubs in the division attended the U8-U10 coaching workshop recently in Killeagh. The emphasis was on appropriate games and drills for children of this age group. The feedback from the session has being very positive. Please keep an eye on the coaching section on for upcoming courses

Upcoming courses

Coach education - Games to Develop team play

Date : Friday 19th April
Venue : Midleton GAA
Time :7pm - 8pm

Aim: The aim of the course is to develop the coaches' understanding and to enhance better team play through a games approach to practice and training - "How" "What" When"
§ Introduce games that encourage different forms of communication amongst team members (e.g. visual as well as verbal).
§ Games with the emphasis shifting from the technical to the tactical & better team play
§ Teaching real Games through problem solving
§ Specific games for different positional areas of the team (e.g. games that encourage forwards to make unselfish runs to create space for team mates).

Coach education - Goalkeeper and Free taking workshop

Date : 20th April
Venue : Carrigtwohill GAA
Time :4:30PM

Martin Coleman will be demonstrating teaching points and drills for Goalkeepers and Pat Cronin will be doing likewise for free takers. A good opportunity for mentors and underage goalkeepers and free takers in the clubs to come along and pick up some ideas

Monster U8-U10 Blitz Programme

The following are the dates for the Monster blitz programme, which is included in the Rebel Og master fixture . Aghada and Killeagh will host a number of the blitzes in East Cork on each date outlined, with seven venues hosting Monster blitzes across the county on the same day.
Monster U10 Blitzes*

One Monster Blitz on the third Saturday of every month for six months

1. Saturday, April 20th - football

2. Saturday May 18th - hurling

3. Saturday, June 15th - football

4. Saturday, July 20th - hurling

5. Saturday, August 17th - football

6. Saturday, September 21st - hurling


Monster U8 Blitzes

Two Monster Blitzes per month for four months

On the second (football) & fourth (hurling) Saturday of every month

1. Saturday, May 11th - football

2. Saturday, May 25th - hurling

3. Saturday, June 8th - football

4. Saturday, June 22nd - hurling

5. Saturday, July 13th - football

6. Saturday, July 27th - hurling

7. Saturday, August 10th - football

8. Saturday, August 24th - hurling 



We are all aware of how important our local Primary Schools are to our club in recruiting the next generation of players for adult teams. The link between the club and school has never been so important than today where other sports are played as frequently as GAA.
Coiste Oiliúna Chorcaí are asking all clubs around the county to forge greater links with their local primary schools by organising a blitz for 2nd and 3rd class pupils in their GAA grounds on the 16h April (or a day on that week which suits your schools).
What Do Clubs Need To Do?
The Club Coaching Officer or Schools Liaison Officer is to approach the local Primary School(s) in the area with a view to arranging a suitable time for the schools to attend a blitz. The blitz can be either hurling or football and ideally, would be aimed at 2nd, and, or 3rd class pupils.
The club should run the blitz on the day with the schools mixing players up to play 7 a side Go Games. This will ensure all children get to know each other, even if they are in different schools.
The club can use the day to introduce some pupils to the local GAA grounds and to encourage more children to join the club on a regular basis.
It may also be your chance to impress on the local Principal and teachers how organised your club is and how the club is willing to support the schools in the promotion of GAA.
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Coiste Oiliúna Chorcaí are pleased to announce details of a new scheme for clubs to assist them in the recruitment of nursery players. This programme has already been piloted successfully in Cork and we re now encouraging all clubs to engage with this project in the next 2 months when recruiting players.

What Do Clubs Have To Do?

Clubs are asked to meet with their local Primary School Principal(s) and invite them to bring their infants classes to the local GAA Club outside of school hours (EG Saturday morning from 10am to 11am).

The club would then undertake a coaching programme for all children based on the ABC Have A Ball Programme from the Fun Do Coaching Manual over 6-8 weeks.

The club would be responsible for providing the coaches.

The club must encourage a minimum of 1 parent per child to attend every session. 

What Do Schools Have To Do?

Teachers would be invited to attend the sessions along with the pupils from the school. The teachers would also be expected to promote the event each week in school as an add on to their health promotion initiatives. In the pilot programme, at least one staff member from the school was present each week. 

What Grant Aid is available?

The importance of linking the local GAA club to the children in the parish cannot be over emphasized. Coiste Oiliúna Chorcaí would like to ensure each child would receive a t shirt or jersey branded with the local club name to help create this sense of belonging and togetherness. Therefore, clubs will be selected based on their commitment to the scheme and their future plans for their nursery structures. Clubs who are rewarded will be grant aided up to a maximum of €200. The club will have to put this funding towards the cost of club branded gear for players or towards nursery programme equipment. 

How can a club avail of the Grant Aid?

To apply for grant aid, clubs need to notify their local GDA of their intention to participate in the project and when they intend to implement the coaching programme.

The GDA will attend sessions in order to sign off on the implementation of the programme.

Once the club has completed the project, then they will be asked to make a submission on how they intend to develop the smooth transition of the school pupils in to club players and parents in to club coaches.

A limited number of clubs will be selected for grant aid based on their commitment to the 6-8 sessions and on their future schedule to ensure long term participation.

Sean Crowley
Games Development Administrator (Imokilly)

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