MIC Students Motivate Next Generation of Camogie and Ladies’ Football Stars
Over the past number of weeks, Mary Immaculate College has invited 10 local primary schools to attend a camogie blitz and a football blitz for 3rd and 4th class girls.
The blitzes took the form of ‘Go Games,’ a non-competitive format where each team gets the opportunity to play three games and to receive some coaching but no scores are taken and substitutes can come on and off as they wish.
One of the students involved in co-ordinating the events, Kieran Staunton, said, “It’s all about keeping players in their own positions on the pitch, teaching them about different zones and developing their positional sense as well as skills like first touch control. It’s also about inclusion and ensuring that everyone gets to take part.” Kieran was among a group of eleven 2nd Year Bachelor of Education students, (which also included Amy Carroll, Ciara Carroll, Helen Quinn, Deirdre Ní Challanain, Noreen Maher, Mary Buckley, Edel Ryan, Michael McConigley, Aisling McCartan and Audrey Lettice), who volunteered to co-ordinate the activities on both days, having already attended a workshop as part of the Sports Coach Programme at MIC. They were responsible for liaising with the participating schools as well as organising, coaching and refereeing the games. Each volunteer received a certificate in acknowledgement of their contribution to the success of the blitzes.
The blitzes were organized in conjunction with Deirdre Murphy (Regional Camogie Development Officer), William Harmon and Tara Ryan (Regional Ladies’ Football Development Officers) and Joe Redington (MIC Gaelic Games Development Officer). The schools that took part in the camogie blitz were: Presentation GNS; St Nessan’s; Patrickswell GNS; St Patrick’s GNS; Monaleen School; Our Lady Queen of Peace; St Paul’s NS; An Mhodhscoil; Mary Queen of Ireland, Caherdavin and Ballybrown NS. Meanwhile, those involved in the football blitz were: Killinure NS; Ballybrown NS; An Mhodhscoil; Knockea NS; St Patrick’s GNS; Our Lady Queen of Peace; Ahane NS and Lisnagry NS.
Dr Michael Finneran, Head of the Department of Arts Education and Physical Education at MIC, congratulated those responsible for organising the blitzes, saying, “This is a fantastic initiative and a wonderful way of providing an experience for our students and for the children who participate, as well as building the College’s relationship with local schools.”
Knockea N.S. get ready for the football blitz
Deirdre Murphy, Regional Camogie Development Officer (back row,
1st on the left)with MIC student volunteers