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Final goal for camogie

The Camogie Association aims to have over 60,000 people at the 2015 All-Ireland Camogie finals and to increase its membership base by 40pc over the next five years.

Speaking at the Association's National Congress, which was held in Newbridge, Co Kildare over the weekend, president Joan O'Flynn described the goals, which are part of the Association's national development plan as 'achievable and realistic', but she stressed that it would require all elements of the organisation working in tandem in order to achieve this.

"This is the road-map for the association over the next five years," said O'Flynn.

"We have a strategy which focuses on participation and growing the game of camogie. For instance, if you look at our current club base we have over 540 clubs and we intend to grow that to over 750 by 2015.

"The key is to ensure that all elements of the association, full-time team -- voluntary committees, provincial councils and county boards -- get behind this plan and work to achieve the goals that have been set."

'Our Game, Our Passion', the Camogie Association National Development Plan 2010-2015 was unveiled to over 150 delegates on Saturday afternoon.

GAA President Christy Cooney addressed the gathering and highlighted the strong and vibrant working relationship between both associations.

Congress delegates also voted unanimously to adopt the motion proposing the compulsory use of helmets for all players engaged in training and playing. The rule will come into force at the beginning of next year.

The 2011 Congress will take place in Ulster, with Belfast the proposed venue for the event.

  • Elsewhere, the first U-21 final of the season will take place this Wednesday night when Kerry and Tipperary will battle for the Cadbury Munster U-21 football crown under floodlights in Tralee's Austin Stack Park .

Throw-in has been confirmed for 7.30 and the match referee is Cork's Conor Lane.

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