Wednesday, 1 April 2015

GAA Coaching Corner

ABC nursery programme

The launch of the new ABC indoor nursery programme will take place in Roscommon Convent gym on Tuesday evening, November 30th from 4 pm to 6 pm. All primary school teachers in charge of Gaelic games and PE in their schools are invited to come along to the demonstration on the evening. All underage club coaches and parents are also invited to the launch. This new and exciting initiative will cover nine different circuits of agility, balance, co-ordination, running, jumping, kicking, throwing, catching and striking.

Football blitzes

Roscommon Coaching and Games Development is planning to hold an U14 and U16 football nine-a-side blitz days on Saturday 20th and 27th November at Kilbride GAA pitch. The U16 blitz takes place on Saturday 20th and will commence at 10.30 am sharp and the following Saturday the U14 blitz will take place with a 10.30 am start. So far 14 clubs are taking part. Over the last two years, the U16 blitz has proved very popular with St Dominic’s and St Ciaran’s winning the special shield. Teams consist of a panel of twelve players and clubs can enter two teams if they wish and all clubs will receive final details this week. 

Coaching conference

This year’s National GAA coaching conference will take place in Croke Park on Saturday December 4th.  For further information please go to the GAA web site on and click on coaching and games development or else please contact GAA Games Manager Willie Hegarty.

AGM Coiste Iomana Roscomain

The AGM of Coiste Iomána Roscomáin will take place on Thursday night December 9th at 8 pm in the Roscommon County Board GAA offices.

Coach education

Roscommon Coaching and Games Development have formed a new coach education work group which consists of all national qualified tutors Willie Hegarty, Peter Carney, Kieran Kilkenny and Seamus Gallagher in football along with Proinsias Killian and Michael Carroll in hurling. The group will work with county coaching Officer Seamus Sweeney. The group will liaise with all clubs in 2011 and will hold foundation courses in both football and hurling along with award one child, youth and adult in both codes. The group will be letting clubs know dates and venues in the near future. It is hoped in 2011 that all clubs will ensure that every coach working with their players at underage level will have at least a foundation award course.

Schools coaching

Roscommon Coaching and Games Development part-time school football and hurling coaching programme has two weeks left. For the first four weeks all coaches were coaching in the schools before two weeks of Go Games blitzes concluded the programme up to the Halloween break. After that there will be four more weeks coaching along with the U Can skills awards.

Email address

The email address for Roscommon’s GAA Games manager Willie Hegarty is

Into the West

Articles and photographs are now invited for the next edition of Into the West, the magazine of the Connacht GAA Council. GAA clubs and other units with items for inclusion should send them to the magazine’s editor Liam Horan at, or by post to Liam Horan, The Farmyard, Liskillen, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. Clubs and other units of the GAA can avail of the magazine to publicise events they are planning to hold in the near future.   The next edition of the magazine will be released early in September and anyone wishing to sign up for the free e-zine version should email their details to