TRAINING for the county under-13 girls’ football squad got underway recently, with 50 girls practising the skills of the game at St James’s Park.
Moving into the second round of training numbers swelled to 70 players, with girls ranging from 10 to 13 years travelling from Gowran, Graignamanagh, Muckalee, Ballyragget, Conahy, Freshford, Ballyhale, Callan, Paulstown, Clara, Thomastown, Kilmanagh and Kilkenny City. Training will continue next Sunday at 11am and newcomers are welcome. Parents are encouraged to and stay help with training so they can pick up a few tips on coaching which will hopefully see the start of some new clubs in the county. Parents who are interested in starting a club in their locality can contact Kilkenny Ladies Football, tel 086-8989033 for further information.
Many of the girls are playing in the primary schools league while a number are playing under 14 football with Thomastown, Piltown and Kilkenny City Girls. The development squad will continue to train on Sundays during October and November, with some challenge games also arranged in Carlow and Laois.
A Leinster development blitz will be held in Carlow on Saturday, November 26, while all players will be invited to join the county under-12 and under-14 panels in the New Year.
In preparation for next year’s Leinster minor championship under-17 development squad training will get underway on October 26. Kilkenny struggled to field at minor level last year and it is hoped that a four-week development venture during October and November will see new faces join the panel before the squad regroups in the New Year for the provincial under-18 championship.
Gaelic 4 Girls
Another very successful initiative got underway recently when schools in the North and South of the county were visited to promote the Gaelic 4 Girls programme. Open to girls from the ages of 9 to 13, it introduces them to Gaelic football and promotes team activity and a healthy lifestyle.
The Graignamanagh programme, which started a fortnight ago, was followed by another in Castlecomer.
The Graig co-ordinator is Joe Fox, tel 087-9504041. The programme continues on Thursdays at Graignamanagh GAA club from 4 to 5pm, with newcomers welcome
Castlecomer Gaelic 4 Girls saw 94 participants flock to Ballycomey for the opening week. The programme is open to all girls in the locality and continues today (Wednesday) from 4pm. The ’Comer contact is Catriona Normoyle, tel 087-3154662.