Sat 25th March saw the underage 2017 Rebel Óg Monster Blitz Season get underway in the following venues across Cork County, Carrigtwohill, Clonakilty, Mallow, Cloughduv and St Vincents. With fantastic weather large numbers were present at all venues.
The Rebel Óg Monster Blitz Go Games Programme was officially launched at the Cork V Limerick U21 Football Championship game in Pairc Ui Rinn recently by Cork GAA Games Manager Kevin O’Callaghan, Child Initiatives Co ordinator GDA Colm Crowley with Senior Administrator for Cork Diarmuid O’Donovan, Eoghan O’Connor Treasurer Rebel Óg, Jim Healy Secretary Rebel Óg and Donal Ó Laocha Cork PRO.
The Monster Blitz will see over 9,000 children participate in hurling and football games every month right up to October 2017 across the county. Now in its fifth year, the programme has gone from strength to strength with ever increasing numbers participating in over 300 blitzes.
This is one serious project with up to 70 teams expected at some venues during the 2017 season. Coaches have been attending workshops around the county in the past several weeks to help prepare for the season. The project provides boys with a regular and consistent programme of games that are age appropriate and designed to foster a love for Gaelic games through a positive experience at beginner level to playing our games.
Great credit is due to the Games Development Administrators who run the blitzes every Saturday with every boy getting the chance to play 3 games over a compact two hour period. The blitzes cater for U7 and U8 club players, while our U9’s, U10’s and U11 players are catered for in our new league format game structure. The blitzes provide an ideal platform for young boys to develop the basic skills of the game with no scores being kept and small sided games (U7’s & U8 play 7 a side) mean boys get more touches of the ball than in the 15 a side game we are more familiar with.
It is not only players who are being developed. Clubs are also bringing young referee’s to each blitz and recently workshops were carried out around the county to accommodate the large number of young referees who are taking part this year. This is an ideal platform to introduce young people to refereeing with very little pressure coming from either players or coaches, with the GDA on hand to support them also.
Blitzes occur every Saturday and, should you be nearby, it is well worth dropping in to see the stars of the future learning valuable skills. Details of all blitzes are available on www.rebelogcoaching.com
Photos from today, the Launch and Referees courses