Annual Cúl Camps continue to grow

ONCE again the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps have proved to b ean outstanding success throughout the county.

ONCE again the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps have proved to b ean outstanding success throughout the county.

Over the past number of years the success of the camps have grown exponentially with this summer seeing record numbers of children attending camps in every corner of the county. A total of 46 camps were held this summer, an increase of four on first year while in all 4,362 children attended an increase of some 30 per cent, writes Tommy Callaghan.

The key features of the Kildare Kellogg’s Cul Camp model are structured so that a different aspect of the game is worked on each day; the programme involves coaching specific skills of the game and the opportunity is given to children to put into action what they have learned through small sided games

On the last day of the camp a blitz is organised to provide each child with an introduction to Go Games and competitive games.

Over the course of this summer, a raffle was held on the last day of each camp with the prize being two places at a training day with Kieran McGeeney and the Kildare senior footballers in the Hawkfield Centre of Excellence. This training session was held on Monday, August 20 and each Cúl Camp was represented by two children, varying in age from 6 to 13.

Kieran himself, along with Peter Kelly, Robbie Eyres, Morgan O’Flatherty, Robert Kelly, Tommy Moolick, John Doyle, Podge Fogarty and Tomás O’Connor spent two hours training 100 children in all aspects of the game and a very enjoyable morning was had by both children and parents alike.

The Kildare Coaching and Games committee would like to thank all those involved in making the Cúl Camps such a marvellous success. Special mention must go to our clubs, our co-ordinators, parents and in particular the children themselves.

Also special thanks to our hard working coaching staff, Noel Mooney, David Murphy, Declan O’Toole, Tadhg Fennin and James Devane.

Here’s hoping for more growth in numbers at next years Cul Camps!