Club Notes for Friday 13th February2015

posted 21 Apr 2015, 09:59 by Eamonn Kiernan
Div 3/Reserve League 1:  Some light indoor training is starting these days along with the senior panel, players are encouraged to attend and get their season started.


Team Managers, Coaches, and Selectors; if you have an interest in volunteering for any of these positions at either adult or underage level the club would be very interested in hearing from you. Please call Anthony 086 8097547 or Dermot 086 6041980. Or similarly if you would like to help the club in any other positions First Aid, Umpiring, Finance Committee, Club Development, etc.


Senior AGM  - 31st of Jan 2015: We had a well attended AGM on Saturday 31st of Jan. Chairman Anthony Maguire gave an excellent address outlining the clubs progress in 2014 and outlined our plans and hopes for 2015. Secretary Dermot Reilly outlined the clubs main activities both on and off the pitch throughout the year and it was highlighted by both the Chairman and Secretary the great achievement of our Senior team winning the Div. 1 league for the first time since 2006 and bringing home some silverware to the club for first time since 2007.  The Club extends our thanks to the Management ,Players and backroom team who brought these honors to Dromard this year and we wish them all the best for 2015 and pledge that the Club will be 100% behind them again. Another highlight of the year was the lotto drive which provided much needed financial support for the club and again we would like to thank all who got behind the initiative and gave it the push it needed. Treasurer Frank Smith then gave his financial report outlining all income and expenditure for the club. It was highlighted that the club is unfortunately spending  more than it is currently taking in and it will be important in 2015 that efforts are made to correct this. It was proposed that a finance committee needs to be put in place as soon as possible. The function of this committee will be to follow up on the good work done in 2014 in setting up the Lotto yearly subscriptions with a view to growing the no. of sales even further and to also work on other fund raising initiatives to help put the club back on a sound financial footing. We would like to appeal to anyone who is willing to give some time to this committee to contact Kevin Hourican in the coming weeks. The Election of Officers saw many of the previous committee being reinstated. The following appointments were made. Chairman: Anthony Maguire , Secretary: Dermot Reilly, Treasurer: Frank Smith, Vice Chairman: Michael O'Reilly, Assistant Secretary: James Mimnagh, Assistant Treasurer : John Joe Donohoe, Children Officer: Susan Murphy , Cultural Officer: John Duffy, Coaching officers: John MacNaboe, Mary Reilly, Paul Hourican,Peter Darcy. County Board Delegates: Gerry Mimnagh, Joe Murphy & Anthony Maguire. Player Rep: TBC as this will be the captain of the Senior Team for 2015. We would like to thank all outgoing officers for there continued dedication to the club. The following positions were left unfilled : PRO, Registrar & Fixtures Secretary. The Club is hopeful these positions can be filled in the coming weeks and the club would love to see some new blood stepping into the fold. If anyone is willing to give a little bit of their time towards the betterment of your Club then we would appeal to all members to consider putting their names forward for these positions by contacting any of the officers already elected. Pat Jones and Peter Crossan were both elected to the honorary position of club Presidents and we would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincerest thanks to both these great men for their continued years of service to Dromard GAA. The Club would also like to congratulate and thank our County Players who represented Dromard so well in 2014 and we wish the very best of luck to them again in 2015 especially any new additions to the county panel. The club would also like to thank all managers, players and backroom teams across all our Adult and Minor teams in 2014 and again we would appeal to all members to consider giving some time to support the various teams. The club as a whole need more people to get involved in 2015 to safeguard our Clubs future.


Longford Coaching Foundation Courses: There will be two courses this year. The first will be this Saturday 14th in Edgeworthstown Community Campus from 10am to 4pm. The second course will run over two nights in St. Mel’s College Sports Hall on the 18th and the 25th of February from 7pm to 10pm each night. Cost €15 per person which covers both the Foundation and the Code of Ethics Courses, or €5 if you bring a cert confirming that you have previously completed the Code of Ethics Course.


Code of Ethics Course is in Longford Slashers on Monday 2nd of March from 7pm to 10pm. Places limited, contact Damien Sheridan 0879126556.  Course is €10.


School Club Link training night: Sean Mc Nerney took part in this, it was a very beneficial night with a lot of enthusiastic coaches and we hope that Sean can now get active within St. Patricks NS and encourage these kids to attend the Club on a regular basis.  Longford Coaching and Games will now continue to work with these coaches as they go about the roll out of their coaching sessions within their local schools between now and the summer.


Schools Coaching which is been run by Longford Coaching & Games; has commenced their program of Fundamentals with Junior and Senior infant kids from all schools. This program aims to provide all kids with the opportunity to participate in fun filled activities and games which will promote physical activity and improve all kids fundamental movement skills (Agility, Balance, Coordination, Running, Jumping, Throwing, Catching, Passing, Kicking).  It will run weekly for 8 weeks up until the Easter holidays. Thursday week the 26th will see the 1st year boys from Moyne CS attend the Longford Coachings’s Post Primary Pella in Edgeworthstown Community Campus


County Development Squads: County coaches will meet with U15 & U16 football squads during their midterm break. Details on . U15 and U16 football squads for 2016 have been selected and panels posted on the above website under Coaching.  There are also details of the Co. U13 Skills School and dates for our U14 trials. Going forward all Development Squad messages will be posted on the website under  Coaching/Development Squad.


Longford GAA 20/20 Vision Development Plan:  Longford coaching officers will be in touch with our Club Facilitators / Team Mentors to go through Club Questionnaires shortly.


County Team: Congratulations to our county team and well done to our own four county players Diarmuid, Francis Paul and Ross who contributed to Longford’s much need win over Antrim in Pearse Park on Sunday last. We wish them the best luck in the next round against London in Ruislip on 28th February