A GAA letter from Paul to the juvenile mentors
THE now famous quote "fail to prepare, prepare to fail" is one of the cornerstones of modern management.
If Wicklow GAA is to continue to improve we must do everything in our power to develop our players at juvenile level. While the Garden County Football Academy Committee are putting in place the necessary structures and programmes in place we can already see some of the changes materialise in a positive fashion.
One such move is the new approach in the recruitment in the players and in particular I mention the under-16 county football Development Squad manager, Paul O'Riordan, who this week took the time to write an open letter to the juvenile club team mentors of Wicklow.
Paul told his readers of their role in conveying the importance of their players representing their clubs and families at county level.
Paul asked that the club coaches to be aware that he and his management team would be attending games, speaking with club and match officials and would most importantly be contactable by anyone who might identify a potential candidate for the squad.
He pointed out that: "Development squads are for, to develop and prepare players to pull on the Wicklow jersey. We feel this current group have what it takes to make it to county standard with the shorter term plan being seriously contesting a Minor championship in two years. We need every club in the county to support in raising the profile of the development squads and start talking to their teams about it being something to aspire to."
Over the last two years the current squad have had access to a nutritionist, sports specific strength and conditioning programmes, team bonding weekends, special guest training sessions and food and drinks supplied after training sessions and matches.
It is indeed heartening to see such drive, determination and ambition from our development squad management and if this is a sign of the new road forward for Wicklow football then we are now preparing to win.
Club mentors are invited to attend the twice weekly training sessions in Balinakill or can contact Paul O'Riordan on email Paul8riordan@yahoo.ie or by phone 086 1719106.