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Kerry Coaching and Games Development : Review 2015 2015-12-20 12:34:00

Kerry Coaching and Games Development

The Kerry Coaching and Games Development Committee under the Chairmanship of Coaching Officer Eamonn Whelan organised an extensive Programme of activities during 2015.

The aims of the Coaching Programme for 2015 were as follows:
(1) Give every player at all levels an opportunity to take part and enjoy the Games.
(2) Working to ensure that the programme in helping to improve the standard of players
(3) Put in place a quality Coach Education programme at School, Club and Development Squad level to help and assist Coaches to Improve.

Primary Schools

 Games Development Administrators coaching Gaelic Football in 135 Primary Schools
 Hurling Coaching carried out in 34 Primary Schools
 Go Games Blitzes organised for schools by the GDA’s in June and September
 Knockaderry National School Farranfore won the Kerry Primary Schools Skills Competition and represented the County in the Munster Competition.
 Abbeydorney Primary School won the Kerry Hurling Skills Competition and represented Kerry in the Munster Competition.
 Many thanks to all the Schools and teachers that continue to support the Primary Schools coaching programme.
 The aim of Kerry Coaching and Games Primary Schools Coaching Programme is when players leave Primary School that they have bi-lateral coordination which is the building block for long term enjoyment and performance in our Games.

Club Development

 The Games Development Administrators in every Division carried out a Club Visitation programme during the year where they visited clubs and worked with players and coaches. Many clubs in the county now get huge benefit from these coaching visits as they have large number of players and coaches present. The main focus of the coaching visits is to help and assist the coaches who in turn can pass on what they have learned to their players.
 The Games Development Administrators in the county are constantly available to visit and work with clubs and it is important that the Coaching Officer in every clubs is in regular contact with the GDA in the Division.
 When the GDA visits a club to do a session it is crucial that Coaches of that particular team are present and where possible all underage coaches in the club are invited to attend.
 The Coaching and Games Development Committee would like to see all clubs get the maximum benefit from the GDA’s and for this to happen clubs must set up and avail of the coaching visits and also encourage coaches to attend the sessions.
 It is hugely beneficial for clubs to put plans in place to include: (1) What skills are taught to young players and at what age groups (2) Skills are introduced and developed in a progressive manner (3) Every season for young players is a building block for the following season and players are progressively improving every season. For this to happen a coordinated and planned approach to Coaching in the club must be undertaken.
 The Games Development Administrator can play a big role in helping clubs organise and run their Coaching Programmes.

U 13 Club Skills Competition

 The Final of the U 13 Club Skills Competition took place in Austin Park in April with Rathmore emerging as the winners after a high quality competition

Post Primary Schools

 The Games Development Administrators helped to set up and run internal leagues in 16 Post Primary Schools. The 1st year leagues took place in September/October with the 2nd year blitzes run during March and April.
 Referee Courses for Students took place in 5 schools with participants that completed these courses helping to referee school and club Blitzes. It is hoped that these Referee Courses will identify a number of future Senior Referees.
 In some schools the GDA’s work in supporting the teachers and players in the preparation of Schools teams for county and Munster Competitions.
 Congratulations to Pobscoil Corca Dhuibhne on what was a wonderful achievement in retaining the Hogan Cup in 2015.

Super Games Centre

 This year with the help of Croke Park, we ran a 1st and 2nd year Coaching Football Programme for students in Tralee CBS, Mercy Mounthawk and Gaeilscoil Chiarrai. The project comprised of running an eight week coaching programme with all 1st year classes in these schools. We also organised a Games Centre on Thursday afternoons where young players came together from the three schools for an hour and played Games. The idea of the Super Games Centre in to encourage young players that have dropped out or never played the game to come along and give it a go. One the main challenges at the moment is the dropout of players when they get to their early to mid-teens. This is the beginning of a number of projects that aims to counteract this drop off.
 The programme will run for a further 8 weeks early in 2016.

Hurling Coaching in Post Primary Schools

 Kerry Coaching and Games also organised a 16 week Hurling programme in three Schools: Causeway Comprehensive, Mercy Mounthawk and Tralee CBS. This project again focuses on keeping players involved and getting players back playing the Game in their early teens.
 The programme runs for 8 weeks in October/ November and for a further 8 weeks in the Spring of 2016

Development Squads Football

 The continued focus of the Development Squads is on developing and improving Players and Coaches in all areas of the game and this takes a lot of work and planning from the management teams.
 Kerry Coaching and Games would like to thank all the coaches for their time and effort in helping to improve our young players.
 Kerry South U 14 Management Team: Tommy Brosnan, Mark O Connor, John Barry, Kevin Smith
 Kerry North U 14 Management Team: Brian Scanlon, Declan O Sullivan, Brian Morgan and Tom Joy.
 Kerry South U 15Management Team: Liam Brosnan, PJ Reidy, Noel Kelliher, Terence Houlihan
 Kerry North U 15Management Team: James Costello, Pa McCarthy, Donal Buckley, Brendan Griffin, Luke Mulligan
 U 16 Kerry South Management Team: Sean O Sullivan, Ronan Hussey, James Foley, Daniel Murphy
 U 16 Kerry North: Tomas O Muircheartaigh, Mark Burke, Giles O Grady, Colm Whelan.
 U 17 Squad: John Rice, Eddie O Sullivan, John Dillon and Alan O Donoghue
 In the Munster Football Tournaments in July the Kerry South U 14 and U 16 Squads won out their respective Competitions.
 The U 17 Football Squad competed in the Jeremiah Kerins Tournament hosted by Milltown Castlemaine G.A.A Club in September – Kerry, Cork and Galway took part with the Kerry Squad winning out the tournament.
 Congratulations to the players and management of the Kerry Minor Football team on retaining the Munster and All Ireland Titles.

Football Development Group

 The Football Development Group has been a huge help in the continued work with the Development Squads. The calibre of personnel in this group has really helped to raise the bar for the work that goes on at Development Squad Level.
 The level of detail in terms of planning and delivery of programmes is constantly being challenged and improved and the members of the Group have contributed greatly to this.
 Many thanks to Tony O’Keeffe for his leadership in the role of chairman of the Football Development Group.

Hurling Development Squads

U 14
 U 14 Squad took part in the Tony Forrestial B Competition in Waterford
 U 14 Squad Management team were John Lenihan, Flor O Brien, Tommy O Connor, Mark Ryall and Maurice Leahy who coordinated this age group.
U 15

 This squad took part in the Gary Scollard competition in March and the Munster B in September. The Gary Scollard Competition was hosted by the Kerry County Board and many thanks to Austin Stacks for their continued support of the competition.
 U 15 Management team: David O’Dea, Paul O’Donoghue, Philip Lucid and Colm Harty
U 16

 The U 16 Squad took part in the All Ireland B Competition which took place Tipperary and also the Cork U 16 Premier League
 U 16 Management Team: John Hennessy, Jerome O’Sullivan, John Healy and Eamonn Fitzgerald.

Many thanks to the Hurling Squad Management teams and players for their time and efforts during the season.

U 15 Super 10’s Competitions

 The County U 15 Super 10’s Finals took place in October with the following teams representing their Division:

East Kerry: Legion
North Kerry: Listowel
West Kerry: Dingle
South/Mid Kerry: Beaufort
Tralee District: John Mitchels
Castleisland District: Castleisland Desmonds

 Castleisland Desmonds defeated Beaufort in the Final
 The Munster U 15 Competition took place in June with the following Kerry Clubs qualifying from their respective groups for the Munster Finals: Firies, Austin Stacks and An Ghaeltacht.

Gaeltacht Coach

 The Kerry Coaching and Games Development Committee would like to thank Roinn na Gaeltacht for the continued investment in this project in West Kerry
 This has been of huge benefit to the clubs and schools in the West Kerry Gaeltacht.

Croke Park Blitzes

The following clubs from Kerry took part in the Croke Park U 12 Blitzes:
Kilgarvan, Lispole, St Michaels, Gneeveguilla, Ballydonoghue, Ardfert, Scartaglen and Crotta O’Neills.

Munster Activity Days

During July and August Kerry Coaching and Games and the Munster Council organised U 12 Blitzes in three Provincial Grounds in the Province (Fitzgerald Stadium, Gaelic Grounds and Semple Stadium.
The following clubs from Kerry took part this year:
Ballymacelligott, Firies, Austin Stacks, Listry, Glenbeigh/Glencar, Legion, Listowel Emmetts, Scartaglen, Milltown/Castlemaine, Templenoe, Beale, Knocknagoshel, Rathmore, Tuosist, Renard, Dr Crokes, Gneeveguilla, Derrynane, Finuge, Skellig Rangers, Kilcummin, Ardfert, Currow, Foilmore, St Senans, Castlegregory, Fossa, Abbeydorney, Tralee Parnells, St Brendans, Kenmare and Lixnaw.

Coach Education

The following courses took place in the county during the year:
 18 Foundation Courses
 2 Award 1 Child Courses
 3 Award 1 Youth Courses
 1 Award 1 Adult Courses
It is important that all coaches involved with underage teams have a minimum Foundation Award and work towards getting an Award 1 Certificate.

Go Games Blitzes

 During May and June U 8 Go Games Blitzes in Hurling and Football were organised at a number of centres throughout the county. At each centre four clubs took part with each club having two 11 a side teams and the blitzes were run over four days throughout the month
 Club U 10 Blitzes were organised by Coaching and Games during June and July. These were organised on a similar format to the U 8 Blitzes with all clubs being given the opportunity to take part.

Kelloggs G.A.A Cul Camps

 68 Camps took place over seven weeks during July and August
 4579 children attended the Cul Camps.
 92 Coaches worked on the Cul Camps during the Summer Months
 The most important part of the Cul Camps is to make sure that the standard of Coaching is extremely high and that all children attending the camps have an enjoyable experience. Kerry Coaching and Games continues to work to ensure that the Cul Camps are run is the most professional manner possible
 Thanks to all the clubs throughout the county that made their facilities available for the summer camps and to many people within these clubs especially the local club co-ordinator that helped in the running of the Cúl camps


During 2015 Kerry Coaching and Games organised an expansive programme which catered for a huge spectrum of players: from the 5 year old that attends a Cul Camp or primary school session for the first time all the way to the U 17 player getting ready to play with the Kerry Minors. Our overall aim is to make sure these programmes are delivered to the highest possible standard and that all players and coaches are treated fairly and equally.

We would like to thank all the clubs in the county that made their facilities available during the year to help in the running of the Coaching programme.

Many thanks to our team of Games Development Administrators of Vince Cooper, Michael Quirke, Maurice Leahy, John Dillon, Martin Horgan, Tomas O Muircheartaigh, David O’Dea, Eamonn Fitzgerald.

Coaching Officer Eamonn Whelan has overseen major improvements in the programme over the last number of years and his vision and drive have been a huge part in this progress.

The staff in the County Committee Office in Tralee were of great help during the year and many thanks to Kate, Breda and Aileen. County Secretary Peter Twiss takes a major interest in what we do at Coaching and Games and his support and guidance is a huge advantage.

Finally thanks to Coaching and Games PRO Maurice Whelan for his work in promoting our activities during the year.

Kerry Coaching and Games