Thursday 22 March 2018

New scheme launched to put focus on hurling

THE LAUNCH of 'Putting Wexford First-Hurling 365' took place on Thursday last in the Ferrycarrig Hotel, with club under-age Chairmen and club Coaching Officers in attendance.

Under this scheme, the Wexford Coaching and Games Development Committee is proposing the following for all schools and clubs interested in and committed to developing enhanced and quality focussed hurling coaching and games in National/Primary schools in the county.

Based on the following criteria, Wexford G.A.A., through support from the Hickey Fund, will provide a grant, payable to the school, up to a maximum of €500 for equipment detailed below.

This is a hurling-only initiative and is an additional support over and above the current County Board funding. This initiative will not diminish current football coaching activity but rather is aimed at enhancing, and increasing, hurling participation in clubs/schools interested in the scheme. It is planned:

That each local school and club form a schools-based coaching partnership.

This partnership must include additional schools-based coaching over and above current schools-based coaching delivered through Wexford Coaching and Games programmes and staff.

All blitz or mini-league activities organised through the scheme shall comply fully with G.A.A. policy as determined by the National G.D.C.

The additional coaching must take place before, during or after school (there are models of schools and clubs coaching available and these will be provided for clubs seeking to duplicate or adapt).

It must have the full support of the school, the parents and the club and written confirmation of that consent must be provided before any funding will be approved.

All successful clubs in this coaching partnership will be required to provide a detailed report to the County Board, in written format.

All clubs participating in the coaching partnership will, through their Chairperson and Coaching Officer, be required to provide evidence of the coaching including times, venues, frequency and the number and details of volunteer club coaches.

The following equipment may be purchased under the coaching partnership: age appropriate hurls, indoor hurls, bibs, bean bags, balls (First Touch, Quick Touch and Smart Touch), cones and floor disks.

Once agreement is reached between individual schools and clubs, the application for funding will be submitted by a nominated teacher in the school and the club Coaching Officer.

No equipment should be purchased until approval is provided and payment will be made to the school based on the invoice.

The application form and current models of school club coaching partnerships will be available at the launch of 'Putting Wexford First-Hurling 365'.

Wexford needs your commitment and enthusiasm to build for the future, and the organisers are committed to ensuring that the project is a success.

For more information please contact Murt Flynn on 083-4499089.

Enniscorthy Guardian