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Cork GAA Development Squads Press Release - 24.10.12

posted 26 Oct 2012, 04:37 by Unknown user   [ updated 26 Oct 2012, 04:37 ]
Following their recent appointment by Cork County Board, the incoming Development Squad Management
Committee, chaired by Brian Cuthbert and newly appointed Development Squad Administrator, Kevin O'Donovan,
are pleased to outline their programme for the progression of Cork Development Squads and Schools of excellence
over the coming years.

Cork GAA Schools of Excellence and Development Squads incorporate county panels for GAA players from the ages
of U14 to U17 and aspire to nurturing and developing the characteristics and skills required in inter-county hurling
and football through the provision of an appropriate programme of personal, technical, physical, psychological,
tactical and team development for players and mentors.

While the primary value of the squads may be measured in terms of All Ireland success for Cork Minor, U21 and
Senior teams, the squads will create an environment conducive to the development of a playing career that will extend
beyond the county panels and ultimately, to a fulfilling and rewarding life within the GAA. On completion of the
programme we expect the individual to have attained a level of sporting excellence together with the complementary
life skills necessary to sustain a productive inter-county career.

Following a review by the monitoring committees and subsequent Liam Hennessey report leading to the appointments
above, a major shift in the approach to development squads in Cork will follow (see Duties & Responsibilities below).
One aspect of this new model will be the organisation of player development camps in the Mardyke Arena, UCC
(football) and CIT (hurling), during school breaks, where player education and continued professional development of
mentors will be prioritised.

6 Player Development Camp weeks
1. Monday, October 29th - Friday, November 2nd
2. Wednesday, January 2nd - Friday, January 4th
3. Monday, February 11th - Friday, February 15th
4. Monday, April 1st - Friday, April 15th
5. Monday, June 24th - Friday, June 28th
6. Monday, August 19th - Friday, August 23rd

5 Saturdays
1. Saturday, January 26th
2. Saturday, March 30th
3. Saturday, May 25th
4. Saturday, June 29th (to be confirmed)
5. Saturday, August 31st

The 2012 programme concluded with the inter-county tournaments from U14 to U17 level in both football and hurling
and development squad mentors are now in place for this year 2013. They have selected Cork Mardyke and Cork
CIT panels of 30, as well as further Rebel squads working underneath. Dual players will be directed to one camp next
week and further discussion with players and parents will follow in advance of the next camp in January. U14 players
for 2013 have not yet been selected and will attend regional “U13 2012” sessions next week, organized by the GDAs.

From Monday, October 29th to Friday, November 2nd (9.30-3pm, daily), players will attend sessions on personal, skill,
physical and team development with specialist coaches. Each player will then be given a personal programme to work
on, in consultation with club and school coaches, for the following 7-week period before the subsequent camp on Jan
2nd -4th.

Areas covered during next week’s camps will include the following
Address from committee
Bleep Test
Aerobic maximal shuttle test
V Jump / Speed
Explosive Power test, 5/10/15 m speed test
Anaerobic Test
150m shuttle test measuring anaerobic power
Nutrition / Hydration
Talk from Nutritionist
Functional Screening
Screening for muscular imbalances
Skills; Ball Handling / First Touch
Drills/ Games
Game Sense
Video Session re Decision Making
Talk on self monitoring
Muscular Endurance
Test on muscular endurance plus demo
Skills; Kicking / Striking
Drills/ Games
Injury Prevention
Talk from physiotherapist
Flexibility / Stretching
Session with physio
Skills; The Tackle
Drills/ Games
Core Stability
Session with physio/ strength coach
Game Sense; Position Specific
Pitch work with the coach
Group demo/ discussion with coach/ S&C coach
Cork Player Talk
Talk about playing with Cork from current player

Meanwhile Rebel squads will train on two nights during a camp week and on the five allocated Saturdays also. The
Mardyke / CIT managers / mentors will hopefully visit also, where possible, to ensure that all squads are linked.

All venues / gear will be organised centrally, well in advance. Players will also be texted centrally. Session themes /
content will be provided centrally, though this will be designed in advance in consultation with the various mentors.

The CIT / Mardyke squads will have a ratio of 10 players to 1 coach, while the Rebel squads will ultimately have a
ratio of 7 players to 1 coach. This will ensure a high degree of hands-on coaching for the second-tier players. The
squad managers will oversee both the Mardyke / CIT and Rebel squads, again, to ensure proper linkages and to allow
the promotion / demotion of players and facilitate consistent coaching methods.

After each camp week, meetings will be arranged between mentors to discuss players that have earned promotion or
perhaps, require demotion / removal from squads. Over time, more objective criteria for player selection / rating will
be developed. It is hoped that matches and the possibility of promotion to the top squads will help to keep players
motivated throughout the year.

Participation in the annual inter-county tournaments will continue as before. A & B teams will be fielded. Games will
also be incorporated during the dates listed above. Internal and external matches will be arranged for the Rebel squads.
If Cork are required to send teams to Munster inter-divisional tournaments, the Rebel squads may have a role here

Continued Professional Development for Mentors; Mentors at Rebel squad level will have access to the same
workshops / courses as the CIT / Mardyke mentors. All mentors will be welcome to the sessions run during camp
week at CIT and the Mardyke.

There are still positions to be filled with a number of the squads above, while at U14 level a large influx of new
coaches will be required. If you know of others who would have the ability and interest to become involved, feel free
to let us know. A letter will be going out in the near future to former Cork players requesting their assistance with the
U14 squads or in any other area where they may be of help within the development squads programme.

Finally, many thanks to all players, coaches, officers and parents for their unstinting commitment to the training and
games and we look forward to working with you in what promises to be a new era for Gaelic Games in Cork.

Mise le meas,
Kevin O'Donovan,
Development Squads Administrator,

Ph. 086-7753567.

Role of Five-person Development Squad Management Committee
Members: Brian Cuthbert, Denis Burns, Sean O'Gorman, Donal O'Sullivan and Alan Browne

Main Duties & Responsibilities:
• Implement a system of Coaching, Strength & Conditioning and General Trainingto ensure the proper development
of our young players in Cork in both Hurling and Football.
• Oversee all aspects of the Operation of Development Squads in County Cork
• Oversee the role of the Development Squad Administrator and work with and assist him in his role.
• Oversee the appointment of suitable Development Squad Coaches at County and Regional level.
• Ensure all budget targets in relation to Development Squads are met and adhered to.
• Delegate members of Monitoring Committees (already appointed) to oversee Coaching Activities.
• All Finance will be administered through the Cisteoir of Coiste Na nÓg.
• Work with Coiste Na nÓg to ensure Development Squad activities are dove tailed not to adversely affect Club
championship fixtures.
• Inform Coiste Oiliuna on progress on a regular basis.
• Report to Coiste na n Óg and County Executive.

Role of Development Squad Administrator
Reporting to: Five person Development Squad Management Committee

This post has been created to establish Cork as the foremost county in terms of the development of players from U14
to U17. This post requires high quality organisational, management and coaching skills.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

1.To provide the major influence within the Development squad System through an energetic and inspiring
approach allied to effective communication and organisational skills.
2.Oversee all aspects of the programme to include the development of a technical coaching programme to be
used by squad coaches.
3.Overall responsibility for the co-ordination of all fixtures on behalf of the Development squads including all
arrangements for same.
4.Assist the Development Squad Management Committee in the recruiting of high calibre coaches and selectors
to operate within the Development squad structure.
5.Assist the Development Squad Management Committee in the establishment and maintenance of a countywide
network of scouts and schools liaison personnel on behalf of the Development Squads.
6.Ensure gear is appropriately purchased, maintained and cleaned.
7.Ensure all coaching equipment is purchased and maintained appropriately.
8.To maintain a database of all player details and their involvement with development squads.
9.To effectively manage the annual budget assigned to development squads and to ensure all teams operate
within agreed parameters. All Finance will be administered through the Cisteoir of Coste Na nÓg.
10. To effectively liaise with the Strength and Conditioning Coach so as to ensure proper delivery of an effective
strength and conditioning programme for all players within the development squad system.
11. Undertake any other reasonable duties as requested from time to time by the monitoring Committee

Squad Mentors 2013
Cork U17 football; Manager James McCarthyCastlehaven
Charlie Wilson Newcestown.

Cork U16 football; Manager Diarmuid O'Donovan St. Nicks
Paul Holland Argideen Rangers, Podsie O'Mahony Ballincollig, Joe Hanlon Buttevant, Gerry Dineen Inniscarra

Cork U15 football; Manager Brian Herlihy Dohenys
Dave Carroll Carrigtwohill, Stephen Quinn Clondrohid, Eugene O'Sullivan Aghabullogue, Denis Lordan
Bishopstown, Colin Santry Carrigtwohill

Cork U17 hurling; Manager Mark Landers Killeagh
Fergus RyanMallowMick CreminDromtarriffeTrevor AllenNa PiarsaighFergal CondonAghada

Cork U16 hurling; Manager Ronan Dwane Aghada
Jonathan Linehan Shanballymore, Declan Fitzgerald Buttevant, Jon DarbyTracton/Muskerry, Tony Hegarty
Mayfield, Ray Murphy Blarney, Jim O'Sullivan Croke Rovers, John Mulcahy Midleton

Cork U15 hurling; Manager Donal O'Mahony Bishopstown
Eoin O'Mahony Mayfield, Jamie Harrington Blackrock, David Nolan Bishopstown, Murt Murphy, Aghabullogue,
John McCarthy Clonakilty, Fergal Keohane Kilbrittain.
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26 Oct 2012, 04:37