Kelloggs Cúl Camps Break Records with 11,000 Participants 2014-09-01 18:23:00

The Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camps have broken all records in Cork in 2014 with 11,000 children participating throughout July and August.

Cork Coaching & Games had set a very ambitious target of reaching 10,000 participants by 2015 in our Strategic Plan but have now reached this target with a year to spare.
Cork Games Manager, Kevin O Callaghan is clearly delighted with this phenomenal level of participation and feels that â€œOur clubs and Cul Camp co-ordinators around the county deserve a huge amount of credit for putting in so much work to ensure children turn up in such large numbers in 95 venues across the county. Undoubtedly, children would not be turning up year after year if the quality of the camps is not fun and enjoyable for them. He also points out that “The Games Development Administrators have also put a big push on clubs to come on board with the camps over the last 4 years and this has contributed enormously to the latest figures.”

The Cork Games Promotion Officer, Noel Crowley acts as County Co-ordinator for the camps in Cork and has certainly been working in the fast lane this summer liaising with local coordinators to ensure they have enough coaches and dealing with on line applications and the kits which children receive as part of the camps. Being at the coalface Noel realizes the work that is involved when coordinating the camps in clubs and says “it is so heartening to have such high caliber volunteers driving our camps around the county and it makes my job as county coordinator very easy. Without their input, the camps simply would not be sustainable in Cork”.

The Cúl Camps have been the national GAA Summer Camp brand for the last 7 years. Sponsored by Kelloggs, the camps offer unrivaled value for money with a full week of structured coaching in the skills of hurling, football, ladies football & camogie for €55. Children also receive a jersey, shorts and socks as well as a kit bag in the Cork colours.

Cork Coaching & Games ensure the quality of coaching is to a high standard through its coach education programme in advance of the camps. Crowley points out “workshops were held with Cul Camp coaches in Mallow, Nemo Rangers and Clonakilty in June. The coaches who were completing the foundation course for the first time also completed an on line course to ensure they met the criteria for coaching on the camps. All coaches were required to be garda vetted to adhere to child protection guidelines.

Clubs have also received some cones, bibs, footballs and sliothars from Cork Coaching & Games to help cope with the demands placed on their own equipment resources when so many converge on the field at the same time.

In an additional bonus for the clubs running Cúl Camp, they will be the only clubs considered for accreditation on the LEE Flag Scheme. This Scheme provides clubs with the opportunity to be considered for Grant Aid towards coaching initiatives and entry to a draw for participation in blitzes in Croke Park.

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