Throughout the year hundreds of players within each county receive specialist coaching as part of the County Academy & Development Squad Programmes. These programmes are aimed at players from U-14 right through to U-17. The Academies are aimed at U-14 players with the Development Squads aimed at U-15, U-16 and U-17 players. All of these players benefit from a comprehensive programme of expert coaching, advice and experience culminating in a series of blitz days, (see timetable below).
Over the last number of years we have been refining the structures, systems and content to ensure that the best programme is delivered to our players,
The fundamental philosophy is to educate the players on all aspects of the game and to inspire each player to achieve his potential. It is for the players and coaches to understand that the playing destination of a player is dependent on him pursuing a detailed, committed and meticulous personal development pathway.
It is the role of the Academy/Development structures and systems to provide this pathway.
The programme of events for 2012 is outlined below.
Connacht GAA U12 Play & Stay days
Venue: Croke Park
Sat 30th June
Connacht GAA U14 Hurling Academy Feile
Venue: Carnmore GAA Club
Sat 7th July
Connacht GAA Football Club Feile Blitz day.
Connacht GAA Hurling Club Feile Blitz day.
Venue: to be arranged
Mon 2nd July
Rest of Connacht U16 Hurling Squad Training Day-
Mon 9th July
Rest Of Connacht U16 Hurling Squad Training Day-
Sat 21st July
Connacht GAA Ted Webb U16 Football Competition
Venue: Tuam Stadium & McHale Park
Sat 28th July
Connacht GAA Niall McInerney U16 Hurling blitz Cup & Shield Competition.
Venue: Pearse Stadium & Liam Mellows GAA Club
Mon 6th August
Connacht GAA Ted Webb U16 Football Cup & Plate Finals
Venue: Ballyhaunis GAA Club
Thur. 9th August
Connacht GAA U15 Hurling blitz day
Venue: Pearse Stadium.
Sat 18th August
National Football Development Squad blitz day
Sat 25th August
Connacht GAA Sean Purcell U14 Football Academy Blitz day
Venue: Tuam Stadium & Tuam Stars GAA Club
Sat 1st September.
National Hurling Development Squad blitz day
Sat 8th September.
Connacht GAA Dermot Earley U15 Football Academy blitz day
Venue: McHale Park
Sat 22nd September.
Connacht GAA Connolly/Cunniffe U14 Hurling Academy blitz day
Venue: Padraig Pearses Roscommon.
Oct – Midterm
Connacht GAA U17 Football blitz week