All Saints GAC Kellogg’s Cúl Camp – Forms Now Available

All Saints GAC will host their annual Cúl Camp & Saffron Óg Camp starting Monday 1st July running until Friday 5th July.

We intend to set up an information stand at Monday Night training shortly, where interest for the camp will be registered. In the meantime information on camps can be found below.

Our camp this year will cater for all codes and genders.

The Cúl Camp will run from 10am-2.30pm each day and is for boys and girls from 6-13 years.
We are also running a Saffron Óg camp (10.30am–12.30pm each day) for children from the age of 4-6 years, which will be run by an Ulster Council Coach (Eoghan Gribben).

The cost for the week is as follows:
- Cúl Camp – 1 Child: £35. 2 Children: £65. 3-5 Children: £95. 6+ Children: £140. (Includes Kit Pack)
- Saffron Óg camp: £20 per child. (Includes Goody Pack)

Application forms for both camps can be found below.

Anyone interested in coaching at the camp can contact Micky on 07725 084341. The camps over the past few years have given our children and coaches exceptional enjoyment. The week gives the children and coaches a chance to give in-depth coaching of the skills of Gaelic Games in a relaxed manner.

Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games.

Activities are GAME–BASED – a strong emphasis is placed on skill acquisition – and are organised in an age appropriate manner with a view to:
- optimising learning
- enhancing friendships
- improving physical & psychological well being
- promoting school and club links

KEY FEATURES ABOUT Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps:
- The camps 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 for children to put into practice what they have learned through small sided games.
- On the last day of the camp a “blitz” will be organised to provide each child with an introduction to competitive games.

DOWNLOAD:
- Antrim GAA Cul Camp info
- Antrim GAA Cul Camps Application Form
- Saffron Og Camp Info
- Saffron Og Camp Application Form

Meeting to Discuss Football Coaching

Club meeting to discuss football coaching in the club.

Meeting For:
Football Coaches
Past/ Present/ Future
When: Tuesday 12th March (Please note change of date)
Venue: St. Brigid’s P.S.
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm

The juvenile committee wish to canvas opinion widely amongst all club members who have been, currently are or wish to coach football in the club. This is because we want to share experiences, discuss present club coaching issues and develop an agreed approach to coaching within All Saints.

This is an important issue and central to developing each player to their fullest potential and all opinions are needed.

Please reply directly to Jim Brady at jamesgbrady@hotmail.com to confirm attendance

Juvenile Action Plan Update

Following the recent discussion session, we look at an update of the All Saints GAC Juvenile Action Plan.

Progress So Far:
As part of our club strategy to ensure that we meet the present and long-term needs of our young members the Juvenile Committee has embarked on a process of consultation and decision aimed at developing all aspects of our juvenile structures. This is the second time that we have embarked on this “Action Planning” process and to date this has involved several juvenile seminars, discussions with external support facilitators including Antrim County Board and Ulster Council officials and much discussion among those involved in coaching within the club. This process resulted in the development of an action plan covering the next 3 years.

Recently club Juvenile mentors met to discuss the draft plan and ratify the main items we wish to take forward and themes explored included coaching development for mentors, when does competition start in All Saints, competition v participation, resourcing the games, promotion of the dual player, support for under-represented codes and developing codes of conduct across a range of areas of juvenile club life for coaches, players and parents. We also explored the need for defined roles and responsibilities for those holding a variety of positions within the youth structure eg: School Liasion Officer/ Coaching Officer.

What’s Next?
The juvenile committee/ mentors will be presented with a summary of the ideas from the last discussion. This will hopefully lead to the proposals being adopted as club policy and provide the direction that the club will travel at juvenile level for the forseeable future. If one single thing needs to be taken from all of the discussions so far it is that our club concentration should clearly be on developing our young players for the future to ensure a steady stream of participants through to all senior levels.

A constant theme emanating from the work has been the recognition that success at juvenile level does not necessarily involve winning trophies (although that is nice!) but rather will be seen in the development of all All Saints juvenile players through to all senior levels of the club.

Maybe we could learn from the experience of the greatest club football side of all time, Crossmaglen Rangers. In a recent interview with the Irish Independent the reporter provided the following insight:

“They seem to retain almost every player they produce, bringing them through from underage ranks to senior playing level and then into a coaching role just as they wind down their careers. Very few ever leave the family.

“They only win a minor or an under 16 county championship every 10 years or so because the targets set for youngsters are not determined by success or medals”.

… and the club coaching officer commented:

“As we’ve said, we’re not hung up on winning everything at underage level which is a good thing, so players enjoy coming through the ranks with us”.

Foundation Level Coaching / Child Protection Courses

An opportunity has arisen for a number of All Saints GAC coaches to be put through Foundation Level Coaching and Child Protection courses.

As part of the Peace III Programme, a number of club coaches will be able to avail of the following courses free of charge.

Saturday 9th March 2013
Foundation Level Coaching Course – 10 places available.
@ Slemish Park
Time TBC

Monday 11th March 2013
Child Protection Course – 24 places available.
@ St Brigids PS
Time 7pm

To register an interest in these courses contact Hugh Killough on hughk@talktalk.net / 07707 553712.

All Saints Juvenile Action Plan Discussion

The next phase of the Juvenile Action Plan will continue with a meeting on Monday 11th February.

As members will be aware, the juvenile section of the club has been working hard at developing a way forward in respect of youth development in the club and youth Gaelic games in general. Following much thought and discussion we have developed an action plan to take us forward for the next 3+ years. The action plan was circulated amongst juvenile mentors etc some months ago and we would now like to move forward on its recommendations.

To ensure that this valuable work and planning is successful we invite all members to a meeting on Monday 11th February 6:30pm @ St Brigids PS. By the end of the meeting we hope to have prioritised the issues for development and agreed a way forward.

You don’t have to be coaching juvenile teams to contribute to this valuable work and the meeting is open to coaches, members, parents and everyone with an interest in developing the club further.

To assist with seating etc we would ask that those intending to attend contact Jim Brady (07719798099 / jamesgbrady@hotmail.com) asap.

Many thanks.

Juvenile Committee

Juvenile Development Discussion – Time well spent

Juvenile Development Discussion

Nineteen juvenile coaches covering all 4 codes attended Monday night‘s discussion led by Terence McWilliams from Ulster Council. The session looked at developing quality coaching structures within the club from under 6 through to senior and Terence outlined the process required to achieve this. While it was accepted that the task would be difficult it was recognised that a lot of good coaching and development has been/is currently ongoing within the club.

Terence was impressed with our continued promotion of the FUNdamentals programme, our participation in Go Games (particularly our commitment to maintaining the small sided nature of the games and rotation of players) and our links with local schools. He suggested that success as measured by continued player involvement and championships at senior level in all codes is built on quality structures at all youth levels. This requires the club to spend time developing an overall coaching plan that sees planned progression from the youngest to at least minor (and beyond).

Development of the coaching plan will only lead to success if all coaches are signed up to it and more importantly implement it in full. He outlined an overall Coaching Structure to include roles such as:

  • Overall Head Coach,
  • Lead Coaches at each age group,
  • Coaching Officer,
  • School Liaison Officer,
  • Equipment Manager etc.

Terence then invited each group of coaches to detail their average coaching session and all participants joined with him as he spent time discussing each one during which time he highlighted good practice while also offering useful advice on possible improvements. He ended by reminding all that the Ulster Council Coaching Courses continue to be available during the year and that all coaches should have Foundation Level and then Level 1 to ensure the above success occurs.

Juvenile Development Discussion – Monday 26th November

All Saints GAC Juvenile Development Discussion:
Consolidating Good Practice/ Developing Coaching Further

Venue: St. Brigid’s P.S.
Date: Monday 26th November
Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Facilitator: Mr. Terence McWilliams (Ulster Council, GAA)
Who Should Attend: All club members involved in/ interested in future Juvenile Coaching

The Juvenile Committee has recently developed its 2nd Juvenile Action Plan. One of the objectives detailed is the desire to provide the best possible coaching strutures and programmes we can for our young members.

To begin that process we have been fortunate to engage the services of Terence McWilliams to support us with this work. As many of you will know Terence has been involved in sports coaching and development at a high level for many years. He has worked in supporting sport in schools and clubs and currently works in Ulster Council GAA as Ulster Games Development Manager. He is the author of many GAA coaching programmes and articles and curently manages the Ulster Council Primary School Coaching programme which places Dept. of Education N.I. coaches in primary schools during the school year.

In short, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

If you will be attending please forward your details by E-Mail to jamesgbrady@hotmail.com before next Friday, 23rd November 2012.

All Saints to Host Foundation Coaching Course

All Saints GAC will be hosting a Foundation GAA Coaching Course on Saturday 16th June at Slemish Park.

The course will be run off in one day and will be part practical and part lesson. Participants will receive their Foundation GAA coaching award as a result.

The course is free of charge and everyone is welcome.

To book a place on the course, contact Hugh Killough on hughk@talktalk.net / 07707 553712.

Fógra – Juvenile Hurling – 25-04-12

 

Na Naomh Uile – Iománaíocht na n-Óg

(All Saints – Juvenile Hurling)

 

Feile Uladh

All Saints are hosting a group stage of the Ulster Hurling Feile this Saturday when we will welcome teams from Antrim, Armagh, Down and Monaghan to Slemish Park.

Feile Uladh is a mammoth event with fifty eight teams from all over Ulster scheduled to play at twelve different venues. Teams are divided into six divisions; each division is then split into two groups. Teams in each group play in a round robin blitz with the winner of each group qualifying for the divisional final.

All Saints will play against Castleblaney, St Peter’s Warrenpoint, Crabh Rua Camlocha and Gort na Mona.

Things kick off with an 11:00 throw in. The last games of the day are scheduled for 2:00pm. Players should be at the pitch for 10:15 and should bring a packed lunch and rain gear.

 Our U14s have had mixed fortunes over the past number of weeks. An encouraging start to the season was derailed somewhat when a number of players became unavailable due to injury. Nonetheless the lads have been putting in great effort during matches and at training and with the return of the wounded, spirits are high. We encourage everyone to come along on Saturday and support the boys in their campaign to win an Ulster title.

 

 

This Week’s Fixtures    

 

U14 Feile Uladh

Date – Saturday 28 April

Venue – Slemish Park

Time – 11:00 – 14:30

Players to be at pitch for 10:30

 

 

U8 Blitz

Date – Saturday 28 April

Venue – Antrim – St Comgalls

Time – 12:00

Transport – cars will leave gates of St Patrick’s at 11:30

 

 

Hurling Training Times

Wednesday nights at Slemish Park:

P1 – P3 – 18:30 – 19:15

P4 – Y10 – 18:30 – 20:00

 

Cluichí agus Comórtais

(Games and Competitions)

 

 

U14 Féilte

Sat 28 Apr

Féile Uladh – Group Stage

 

Slemish Park

Tue 01 May

North Antrim Féile Rd 5

All Saints v Glenshesk

 

Armoy

Sat 05 May

Féile Uladh Finals

Armagh

Wed 09 May

North Antrim Féile Skills

Cushendun

Sat 12 May

North Antrim Féile Finals

Dunloy

 

North Antrim U12/U14 Leagues

(U12 – 4pm; U14- 5pm)

Sat 26 May

All Saints v Glenshesk

 

Slemish Park

Sat 02 Jun

All Saints v Kickhams

 

Creggan

Sat 09 Jun

All Saints v Laharna Óg

(U12 only)

Slemish Park

Sat 16 Jun

All Saints v Oisin

 

Glenariffe

Sat 23 Jun

All Saints v Shane O’Neill’s

 

Slemish Park

Sat 30 Jun

All Saints v St Brendan’s

 

Glenravel

Sat 07 Jul

All Saints v St Mary’s

 

Slemish Park

Sat 14 Jul

All Saints v Tir na nÓg

 

Randalstown

Sat 21 Jul

All Saints v Slaughtneil

(U14 only)

Slemish Park

 

U8

Sat 28 Apr

Blitz

 

  

 

 

Social Calendar (For Mums and Dads)

Fri 01 Jun

Night at the Dogs

Drumbo Race Night

 

Drumbo Park

All Blacks Coach gets Saints Thinking

All Saints players and coaches were very fortunate to take part in an interactive workshop with former All Blacks high performance coach Paul McKinnon tonight.

The theme for the workshop was ‘Talent is Never Enough’ and it focussed on a number of elements including teamwork, courage, toughness, initiative, passion, coachability and belief.

Paul challenged those in attendance to relate all these key themes to their own personal experiences, and it certainly encouraged some healthy debate and thought.

All the players and coaches involved certainly took a lot from the workshop, and All Saints senior football manager Hugh Killough presented Paul with an All Saints shirt as a token of appreciation at the end of the session.

The workshop was preceded by an on-field coaching session with former Antrim footballer and Derry coach Kevin Madden, so hopefully these will stand the Saints in good stead for the year ahead!