Training time for budding players - and coaches!

THE next generation of Kilkenny’s ladies Gaelic footballers will take their first county steps this weekend.

THE next generation of Kilkenny’s ladies Gaelic footballers will take their first county steps this weekend.

Following on from the success of last year’s squad, training for the 2011 under-13 Development Squad will begin on Sunday. All girls born in 1998 and later are invited to join. A number of last year’s panel are still eligible and newcomers are urged to attend.

The squad will spend six weeks together before playing in a Leinster development blitz in November. After that they will reassemble as the county under-12 and under-14 panels in the new year.

Training will be concentrated on mastering the basic skills of the game and helping players become accustomed to playing with girls from all over the county. Schools and clubs are asked to send players forward, while enquiries can be made to 086-8989033.

Training begins at 11am in St James’s Park on Sunday, when players and parents will be given an overview into forthcoming plans at underage level.

Coaching course

A ladies football coaching course will be held in Paulstown on Saturday, October 8. The course is aimed at trainers, senior players, teachers, parents and all who are currently involved in coaching or would like to become a mentor with a team.

In the near future it will become compulsory for all club mentors at adult and underage level to have completed a Fundamentals coaching course which will then be followed by a Level One course. The ‘FUNdamentals’ course is a mix of theory and practical elements and all participants are fully involved in the course.

The FUNdamentals course comprises of four units, two of which are practical - Unit One: Good Coaching Practice, Unit Two: ABCs of Gaelic Football, Unit Three: Group Management and Child Protection, Unit Four: Coaching a Session.

Coaches will look at issues such as planning and implementing training programmes as well as practical coaching and an introduction into the player pathway.

These units will provide a good basis for further development for those already coaching or those who are keen to get involved. The cost of the course E20 per person and participants must be over 16 years old.

To secure a place on the course contact Caitriona at Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership, tel 056-77 20870.