(viii) News Roundup
Progress in the last 10 years has been vast without ever getting much acclaim as people look at counties such as Dublin, who have a huge number of full-time staff, as do many other counties, when compared to Cork. In 2007, Cork had two games promotion ofﬁcers in place,Tom Nott, and Noel Crowley, who has since retired.
In 2007 a new games development administrator position was created and Kevin O’Callaghan ﬁlled this role before going on to be appointed games manager in 2009. We now have six GDA’s Sean Crowley, Pauide O’Brien, Colm Crowley, James McCarthy, Pat Spratt & Shane Supple working on the ground in Cork, along with our GPO and our two third—level ofﬁcers, John Grainger in UCC and Keith Ricken in CIT.
Go Games Matches & Blitzes.
Our new schedule of games has been announced with many clubs taking part in this years Monster Blitzes, and Go Games Leagues at U9, U10 & U11.
Our Cul Camp numbers for the year 2017 were again quite high with almost every club in the County running a Cul Camp.We had 116 Cul Camps 19,500 Children took part with over 1,400 Coaches aided by 3,200 Assistant coaches. These figures are larger every year and Cul Camps are a great way for clubs to help the young players take part have fun during the summer months. This year we expect the numbers to remain high and Cul Camp Coordinator Paudie O Brien will be contacting clubs to inform them of the new changes taking place for administrators in clubs.
Primary School Coaching by clubs
265 Primary Schools receive schools coaching under the Benchmark 2020 Vision Accredited Program. Clubs are doing great work in this area considering new legislation that has come into effect re Garda Vetting, Child Welfare courses and Certified Coaching courses.
Club Coaching Officers
As a relatively new role in our Juvenile Clubs The Coaching Officer is the main point of contact for our GDA’s and we have increased to over 90 Coaching Officers in our clubs with more clubs electing a coaching officer at their Annual General Meeting.
Our Benchmarking 2020 Vision Initiative challenges clubs to develop their coaching structures and provides a pathway for them to develop through the bronze, silver and gold categories. To date, we have 28 clubs accredited in the gold category up 10 from last year, and it is hoped that by 2020 there will be over 80 clubs at gold standard.
When one looks at participation ﬁgures, there are some interesting changes. While the statistics show serious progress, the real impact of investment in full—time coaches is seen through workshops with club coaches and the coaching of best-practice that help volunteers improve the effectiveness of their own sessions and produce better players.
For More information on all our activities, courses, workshops conferences etc for 2018 please visit our website