Carrigtwohill (pictured below) won the main Gold Award with Youghal scooping the Silver and Kildorrery annexing the Bronze Award. These clubs will receive grant aid totalling €3,000 for coaching projects that will benefit their club in the long term. They, along with 60 other clubs who qualified as finalists in the 3 categories will also benefit from a host of benefits through 2015 such as extra GDA visits, entry to draws for Munster & All Ireland tickets, entry to draw for the chance to play in Croke Park Blitzes, increased access to the hurley and helmet subsidy scheme to name but a few.
Carrigtwohill are the proud recipients of the coveted top award fighting off stiff competition from clubs all over Cork to scoop the award. Games Manager Kevin O Callaghan noted “the clubs who entered for the Gold Award are all putting in an unbelievable effort to keep GAA at the forefront of their communities. The quality of the coaching taking place in these clubs is first class and the quality of the players they will produce is going to be of a very high standard. The club has a Coaching Officer in place who is supported by a Coaching Committee and this is a template that all clubs should follow over the next few years to keep coaching and games development at the forefront of their club.
The LEE Flag initiative was very successful in 2014 with over 60 clubs entering which marks an increase of 50% on 2013. In all, 9 clubs receive Gold Accreditation, 14 clubs qualify in Silver and 39 clubs being recognized as Bronze clubs.
The LEE Flag Initiative is now being replaced with a benchmarking scheme for 2015 which will set clubs new tasks and challenges with the initial emphasis on having clubs signed up to