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Youth Presentation Night Booklet 2013

posted 11 Dec 2013, 11:34 by Shaun-Marty Lawless

Good evening and welcome to everyone for the 2013 Ballyhegan Davitts Underage Presentation night. We have a number of awards to get through and some guest speakers for the parents and players to listen to and ask questions of, I hope you won’t be shy!

 

While there will be a number of players singled out for individual awards tonight, it should be stressed that none of these players could have achieved their recognition without the help of ALL of their playing colleagues. I would like ALL of our club to adopt this theme of teamwork in 2014. It is vitally important in any team sport but perhaps even more so in a small club like ours. Only by having a strong team ethic and commitment will be we successful.

 

2013 has been an interesting year on the field, with some near misses on the trophy front, a massive success for the U8s, but progress being made at all levels both on and off the field. A couple of the major additions we had this year were the purchase of two new sets of goalposts. This was a significant investment by the club and the new posts certainly make our club look better in the eyes of visiting teams. As the girls section continues to thrive there is further investment needed here. I am delighted to say that with the generous assistance of Glenbank Nurseries as sponsor we were able to purchase a new and much needed team kit for the under 12-14 age girls. Hope it brings good fortune next year girls.

I am pleased to include this year for the first time, the U21 Report here. I am especially delighted that we had two young but well established Davitts senior players in charge of this team. It shows how much commitment both Jonny and Conor have for the club. It also demonstrates the depth of talent we have and the opportunities available for football beyond the Minor ranks. I am sure this team will go from strength to strength and I would encourage all minors and those who have left minors in the last three years to come along and participate in this dynamic brand of football. Well done guys good luck for 2014.

 

The work of keeping the underage section moving forward requires a great deal of input from many sources. On behalf of all of the Committee of Ballyhegan Davitts I would like to say a big thank you to the following people.

Mr J. McKee and staff at SOPPS along with Plunkett McCormack for running the after school football sessions. Best of luck with the Blitzes next year folks.

Thanks also to the Ulster Council coaches who helped our coaching effort throughout the year, Kathy Crankle, and Mags McAlinden. In addition we had input from Roisin O’Hagan from Banbridge Council and I believe once again every underage team benefited from the coaching of Armagh’s own Liam McCorry. This year we had invaluable assistance from the Athletics master that is Brian O’Hagan and of course a big thank you to Diarmaid Marsden who continues to provide excellent fitness classes to our teams. Paul Donachy as our Designated Children’s Officer processes all of the paperwork required for Access NI clearance for all underage volunteers in the club, Orla McKeever provides a link from the club to the school as Liaison Officer, Catherine McCormack provides professional expert advice and information as our Nominated Children’s Officer. All of this expertise sits alongside the outstanding coaching our players receive from our own coaching team. We have seven coaches qualified at the higher level 2 coaching standard and I am please to say they were all involved in underage coaching this year. All of our other coaches have either Fundamental or Level 1 Coaching badge or are working towards it. A massive thank you to all the coaches in Ballyhegan for taking personal time to attend coaching courses and child protection courses, and for the dedication and commitment they all show to the youth section in Ballyhegan Davitts. Many thanks guys and gals none of this would be possible without you.

Linda Harvey, Stephen Tiffney, Barry Murphy, Stephen McGrane, Liam Donaghy, Brenda McCormack, Joey Murphy, Carmel Quinn, Chris O’Carroll, Peter McGrane, Ciaran O’Hagan, Christy Furphy, Niall Gallagher, Seamus McCann, Jim Lee, Paul Morgan, Johnny Nolan, Joe McKeever, Michael Lee, Dermot Tiffney, Paul McGrane, Martina Donnelly, Frances McKeever, Paddy McGrane, Moya O’Gorman and Maria Ferguson.

 

Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.

Henry Ford.

 

Enjoy your evening, have fun, be a part of it.

 

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Paul Doherty

Youth Officer.

 

Team Reports

 

Under21 Report

Looking back on our under-21 campaign this year will certainly help build confidence for the future of our club. Having been drawn in a difficult group alongside Clan Na Gael, Tir na nOg and Mullaghbawn, it was always going to be a difficult ask for our boys to progress to the knockout stages but this did not stop them giving 100% at all times.

Our first game was away to Lurgan Kingpins Clan Na Gael who boasted a wealth of county minor talent and some well established senior players.

With a smaller than expected squad on the day due to work and exam commitments we lined out also boasting an array of minor championship winners alongside a strong backbone of up and coming senior players.

The lads showed no fear in coming out and putting it up to clans from the off, bagging a goal and a few points in the first 5 minutes with Captain Conor Loughran leading by example from Centre half back.

Jack Rafferty and Conor McCann had a monumental battle in the middle 3rd against an extremely strong Clans midfield.

We managed to stay in touch for the majority of the first half thanks to some great work in defence coupled with a fine display of free taking from Eoin Shane Hughes. Unfortunately our tenacious defence was breached towards the end of the first half with 2 sucker punch goals which left us slightly adrift at half time.

However credit to every man on the day who stood up and continued to carry the fight to Clans with a gutsy 2nd half display but in the end goals proved the difference against a Clan Na Gael team who were one of the competitions favourites from the off.

Difficult to single out one outstanding performance from a great team effort but the in particular the work rate of Shane Morgan definitely caught the eye along with Conor Loughran, Jack Rafferty and Roger McCormick, all of whom progressed to play a big part in the senior team this year showing that their maybe isn’t as much of a perceived gulf in standard between U-21 and senior level.

 

Our second game of the campaign was a home game against our bitter rivals, Tir na nOg. Despite the defeat in our opening game, the boys came into the game in good spirits. There were a few changes throughout the side, with “seasoned veteran” Conor Williamson returning to the middle and Roger McCormick taking over the captaincy from Conor Loughran, sidelined through injury.

The fledgling Davitts started the contest encouragingly, forcing some excellent turnovers in possession, notably by Gerard Malone and Shane McKeever, and forcing the opponents to shoot from distance thanks to pressure exerted by the entire defence, bringing many wides and allowing Bart McKeever to utilise his excellent kick outs to good effect.

While the work ethic of the side could not be questioned, we perhaps lacked a cutting edge up front to convert enough of our chances onto the scoreboard. Trailing by a few points after the break, midfielder Jack Rafferty was deployed at full-forward in the hope of finding a goal. Some excellent link-up play between Jack and Thomas Reynolds almost bore fruit on a couple of occasions, but some last-ditch defending from the Tir na nOg rear guard meant neither side were able to raise a green flag. At the final whistle the visitors were the victors by five points; however the result did not truly reflect the honesty of effort expended by every single player on the night.

The eagerness of the entire squad and their collective spirit shone through over the two games. All the boys represented the club with distinction, and the management were in total agreement that every player on the squad was more than capable of making the next step up onto the senior squad the following year.

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Jonny McKeever & Conor Morgan

U-21 management

 

Minor Boys Report:

Ballyhegan Minor Panel and Management Team commenced training at the beginning of February. The aim of the management was for everyone to put in an honest effort and to do our best on the training field so as to progress in both league and championship. At times training was well attended and overall the commitment and effort made were satisfactory. Pre- season challenge matches were an attempt to bring shape to the team based on those who were committed to training sessions.

 

The first league game was against Maghery on the 8th April. The team showed great character and spirit and were unfortunate not to win – having to settle for a draw. There were subsequent victories against Naomh Eoin, Eire Og and St Malachy’s which resulted in the Minors finishing joint top of the U18 Division 3 League Northern section. This was a good achievement.

 

There was a break in the season due to exams and the league then split into All County Division 3 Cup and our first game in this competition resulted in defeat against O Doirnin Blues. The minor s then had games against Derrynoose at home and away – both were competitive matches which resulted in a one point defeat and draw respectively.

 

Challenge matches were organised in preparation for the championship game against Derrynoose and whilst the players on the night put in a great effort and were leading the game as it entered stoppage time they were unfortunately defeated by a last minute goal from Derrynoose.

 

The following week the minors had to pick themselves and play O Doirnin Blues in the league – despite defeat the minors again put in a great effort and were unfortunate not to win the match against a team who have not been defeated for the last two years at minor level in Armagh – both at league and championship.

 

The last league game was against Maghery. Having drawn with them previously the lads were very keen to put in a good performance. On this occasion their sterling effort was rewarded with a last minute goal which secured victory for the minors in a very exciting game and enabled everyone to finish the season on a positive note.

 

We wish to acknowledge the support of the parents throughout the season and in particular the “hospitality” committee which set up a rota to make tea and sandwiches for both teams after all our home games. This was greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank Kevin McGlinchy for acting as our medical man throughout the year. Kevin came to both training and matches. We appreciate all the time he gave to the team and wish him well with his recuperation from recent shoulder surgery. We also wish to thank those who turned up to matches to support the minors – this was greatly appreciated by the squad.

 

Mid-season the minor squad had a team building day which involved a training season in a swimming pool in Dublin followed by a trip to a double header of the Leinster semi-finals in Croke Park. The behaviour of the boys, their positive attitude and gratitude were impeccable on the day. They were all a credit to the club and a great day was had by all.

 

We also wish to acknowledge and congratulate Jack Rafferty on being part of the Armagh 2013 Minor Panel, Thomas Reynolds on being part of the Simplyfruit Orchard Academy U17 squad and Niall Crummie on being part of the Simplyfruit Orchard Academy U16 squad. We also wish Niall a speedy recovery following knee surgery and trust he continues his good work with the rehab exercises.

 

A special thank you also to those who enabled us to play our minor championship game at home. The very successful Baile Ui hAgáin Pairc Feile was run on the same weekend of our home minor championship match against Derrynoose. The committee under the leadership of Seamus McCann had given us an assurance that we would be able to play our championship game at home on the Monday evening. In the early hours of that Monday morning a band of men started the slow and heavy job of dismantling the marquee. To all those people who were responsible in any way facilitating this – a big thank you – it was greatly appreciated by players and management.

 

The 2013 Ballyhegan Minor squad put in a fairly good effort from February to September. We would like to thank the squad for their efforts and commitment and their parents for all of the support they have given us throughout the year. Finally we would wish those players who are leaving the minors this year to stay involved with the club and those who move on to the club senior squad all the very best in their senior careers.

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Minor Coaching Team:

Paul McGrane, Dermot Tiffney, Michael Lee, Joe McKeever.

 

Under 16 Boys Report:

Our Goals this year were to develop the team from last year enable the more experienced players to make a bigger mark and to blend more of the U14’s into the squad to create a strong cohesive team.  On the playing side we aimed for a good run in the Championship, to gain promotion and play against the Southern Division 3 Teams in the second half of the season.

There was no doubt in our minds that this Team possessed character, desire and a passion to win for the Ballyhegan Shirt. 

 

Division 3 North:

The Team were in a highly competitive group, facing the challenge of An Port Mór, Sarsfield, the Grange, Eire Óg, St Pauls, Tullysaran.

The character, strength and effort meant the Team got promoted to qualify to play against the top teams from Division 3 South.

 

Division 3 South:

Ballyhegan were pitched against some more formidable opposition, six teams in total including, Sarsfields, Corringshego, Keady, and Carrickcruppin. A lot of hard physical encounters, some wins and some defeats, overall the experience has made the Team stronger and more determined to cope with bigger challenges. 

 

The Championship:

The Team comfortably beat Tullysaran to play Belleek in the Quarter Final. The Team battled well got some good scores but fell short against a more physical opponent who took their scores. Disappointment but lessons learned.

 

Armagh Development Squad:

Ballyhegan had very strong representation with five players on the Development Squad, Niall Crummie, Liam McGrane, Kyle Turbit, Michael McCann and Conor McGlinchey.

 

Overall it was a good year for the U 16’s, yes we lost out to silverware but the Team has developed and performed well especially when they had to dig out results. There is a great depth of talent in the Team and this augurs well for the future development of teams within our Club.

 

Both Paul and I would like to sincerely thank all those who have supported and assisted the U16’s this year, from the Committee  to fellow mentors, U14’s and Minor and the tremendous backing from parents , all your assistance is fully appreciated .

 

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Under 16 Coaching team

Paul Morgan, Johnny Nolan.

 

 

U14 Boys Report:

The Ballyhegan Davitts Under 14 season began this year in early March with a home fixture in the Feile Shield competition.  This match was against St Endas, an amalgamation of Tullysaran and An Port Mor.  Last season we had struggled to beat either of these teams when they had fielded as individual teams, however on this occasion Ballyhegan were too strong and won on a 3-10 to 1-08 score line.  Given this was our first match since the end of last season it was a very impressive victory.  Next up was Carrickcruppin who were much too strong and although we were competitive for long periods of the game they ran out eventual winners.

 

This was still early in the season and with a number of coaching/training sessions still to come we looked forward to a competitive season.  We had an overall squad of 20 players and with 10 of those in the last year of the U14 squad we knew we had a strong panel.  Overall throughout the year we played 18 matches (2 Feile, 10 league, 2 championship and 4 challenge games).  Of those we won 8 and of those in which we were defeated there was quite a number where we were only narrowly lost out. 

 

Overall the players committed themselves well throughout the season in terms of attendance at training session and matches.  This was obvious in the improvement in both the players’ individual skill level and also in the team performance.  We also brought in a number of younger players from the U12 team who were certainly not out of their depth.  It is always satisfying when the team plays well and we as coaches certainly enjoyed the season past.  The players also enjoyed the season and that was evident in the way they played and the effort they put in all year.  Our squad this year was Rory McLernon, Paul McQuade, Conor Fearon, Sean Donaghy, James Lee, James McCann, Evin Crummie, Conor Hughes, Ryan McCann, Jack Gallagher, Stefan Mackey, Jack Hughes, Naoise O'Hagan, Ronan McAtarsney, Jamie McKenna, Oisin Hamill, James McCormack, Kevin McCann, John Doherty, Michael McCann.

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U14 Coaching team

Seamus McCann, Jim Lee, Niall Gallagher, Conor McCann.

 

 

U12 Boys Report:

The U12 squad start training with U10’s in early March energised by the 2012 season.

This squad was made up of ten U12s and rest were U10.

Training always began with laps and the boys loved it, not!!!, but they did it as the season progressed their level of fitness increased and this stood to the boys in a lot of the games.

In our main training session we started with basic skills of pick ups, fist passing left and right hand, soloing with both feet, punting passing both feet, high catching and blocking.

We finished of with conditioned games, fist passing only, no bounce or toe tapping. This helped the boys have a greater awareness of team mates and moving ball first time.

The U 12’s played in Go Games and Friendly matches.  

It was encouraging to see the skills that we had practised at training were being carried on the field of play.

From the start of the season to the end you could see a significant improvement on fitness and skill level.

Alongside this you could see the children’s confidence developing and their enthusiasm wanting to train and play more matches.

 The pride shown competing in Ballyhegan Jersey was matched by a high level of discipline shown on the pitch which is a credit to their families and club.

We would like to thank players for their consistent effort throughout the season.

I would like to thank all U12 coaches for their time and help through the year and parents for continued support.

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U 12 Coaching Team

Peter McGrane, Chris O’Carroll, Ciaran O’Hagan, Christy Furphy

 

 

Under 10s Report:

The under 10 training sessions started on the 6th March which was an earlier start to the year than previous years.  The trainings sessions were further cemented by the under 12s and 10s training together which meant there was up to 23 kids at the training session on a Wednesday night, this allowed the mixture of ability and size of the kids to feed off one another.

The coaches met at the start of the year to discuss the coaching session for the forthcoming year along with coaches from the Ulster Council, the discussions not only took the form of Gaelic skills but looked at kid’s core stability and running technique.

For the parents who where there and either watched from the cub rooms or from running track around the pitch would have seen the kids doing laps around the pitch, this was normally just a warm up lap before we done three runs of one side of the pitch which was approximately 130m,

there warm up laps and these runs were focused on running technique.  The ¾ pace runs along the side of the ended in May but the laps were continued throughout the year and became part of our weekly warm up.

For the season of 2013 there was approximately 30 training sessions, 45 laps around the pitch and the running along the side of the pitch came to about 15miles of running! before the main training session started.

The main training session focused on developing the basic skills as previous years such as the solos, fist pass, punt pass, high catch, however because the work rate and work ethic was there from the previous year the skills could be covered relatively quickly which allowed the skills to be taken to the next level, from tacking (one on one), passing the ball diagonally by fisting and by kicking, rolling of the tacking bag and still holding onto the ball which was great to watch.

Throughout the year there was 11 go games organised by the Ulster Council which had set times and dates, the coaches also organised a number of friendly matches and attended a number of blitzes throughout the year.  This allowed the kids to show their skills that they had developed and practiced during coaching sessions from passing ball first time, calling the ball, been able to shield the ball and break tackles, this was all helped by their fitness and ability run and support one another.  For the parents who attended the go games would have seen some fantastic matches from tackling in groups, scores with both feet.  Even when things were going against them they had composure and discipline, fantastic to watch.  We would also like to thank the support from the under 8s who played alongside the under 10s throughout the year. 

The coaching team for Under 10s and 12s consisted on Chris O’Carroll, Peter McGrane, Christy Furphy and Ciaran O’Hagan.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the kids and parents, and remind them to keep fit and healthy over the winter months. 

 

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U10 Coaching team

Chris O’Carroll, Peter McGrane, Christy Furphy and Ciaran O’Hagan

 

 

Under 8s Report:

In the middle of March the U8 training commenced with a large group of boys and girls, keen to learn and play football. We had two basic objectives for the group- firstly that the children would have a positive experience with Ballyhegan Davitts and secondly to introduce them to basic skills of Gaelic football.

 Most Saturday mornings we had a match in the North Armagh U8 league- there was great excitement and the children really enjoyed the match day experience. The group also participated in two U8 Tournaments-Maghery and Wolf Tones.

One of the highlight during the season was winning the plaque at the Wolf Tone Blitz on a sunny Saturday in September.  After beating Eire Og in the semi-final, Ballyhegan met Tir Na Og in the final. This was a very competitive game which the Davitts won and there was great jubilation amongst the whole group. All the players showed great determination and worked tirelessly until the final whistle.

It was very encouraging to see the children improving throughout the year, better kicking /tackling and ball handling skills, a great effort was put in by them all.

Many thanks to Liam McCorry for his assistance throughout the year.

On behalf of the coaches we would like to thank the children who attended each week, their parents who brought them to training/matches, and to all the parents who assisted in any way.

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U8 Coaching team

Liam Donaghy, Stephen McGrane, Joey Murphy.

 

 

Under 6s Report:

The Under 6 group or Davitts foundation continues to go from strength to strength. As witnessed by anyone who watched this group train on a Wednesday night. This is now a well established part of the underage training night on a Wednesday, and as we can see from the number of players who are now playing in older age groups the benefit to the children and Ballyhegan is enormous. As always the focus in this group was fun and they certainly had much of that. It is fascinating to watch these young Davitts develop their character, build team relationships and improve their basic skills. Whether it be running, catching, kicking (the ball) or the obstacle race there is boundless enthusiasm. We hope that the positive experience the kids have in this group encourages them to be Ballyhegan members for many years and that the next group of P1s are counting the days to the 2014 season.

Many thanks again must go to the parents who stay and help with supervision of this lively group.

Finally a big thank you to Mickey Mouse for coming to the end of year party, it was great to finally meet him!

 

 

 

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U6 Coaching team:

Linda Harvey, Stephen Tiffney, Barry Murphy.

 

U16 Girls Report:

Ballyhegan had not fielded an U16 girl’s team for a number of years so the formation of this team afforded the opportunity for a number of girls to play who had not played in a while. It is great to see many young committed girls’ turnout for Ballyhegan; I trust this will continue in order to strengthen our underage and senior teams in the future.

This season started with a players meeting on 15th February which was well attended. Training started on the first Sunday in March were we had a squad of 21 Players. Our first game was on April 8th against Clan na Gael. A strong start from the Davitts kept this a competitive game until the last ten minutes when Clans pulled away. The league games continued but a mixture of exam commitments and other activities meant our training sessions were not as well attended as the early season sessions. Our Championship quarter final was scheduled for July so we had a push to get attendances up in preparation for the Clash against Clan na Gael again and our chance for revenge. Despite the best performance of the season by the Davitts Clans prevailed again.

          With this defeat the last chance of silverware had slipped through our fingers, but to the great credit of the girls a core of committed footballers continued to train and put in spirited performances.

          This was a team made up from many younger girls playing up from U14 and also a number of girls who had a temporary transfer from Tir na nOg, as well as our own U16 girls. Despite this diverse group they all worked well and bonded together.

          Congratulations to Lauren O’Gorman and Sarah Louise Doherty, both of whom trained every Saturday morning with the County U15 squad from September to November and going on to represent the County in several matches

          We would like to thank those parents who helped in any way throughout the year with lifts to away matches, umpiring and line duties. Finally our thanks go to the girls for the commitment shown during the season, while it was ultimately not successful on the pitch there has been great progress made by everyone. I hope we see everyone back again next year and look forward to a bit more success.

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U16 Girls Coaching team:

Paul Doherty, Moya O’Gorman, Maria Ferguson.

 

 

Under 12 Girls Report:

2013 witnessed the formation of a girls U12 team and training commenced in the dark evenings of mid March 2013 with a healthy turnout of girls. We are pleased to report that as the year progressed our squad grew in numbers and training sessions were constantly well attended throughout our campaign. All the girls were very eager and committed to the cause and their dedication has to be commended. Indeed the girls turned out in all weathers including snow and rain. Our training sessions concentrated on the basics of catching, kicking and passing the ball.  Training concluded with a competitive match which provided the girls with an opportunity to improve and indeed showcase their individual skills and certificates were awarded to acknowledge such efforts.

 

Our team started the league campaign with a comfortable victory away to Carrickcruppin and this was followed by further victories in a friendly against the ‘aul enemy’ Tir na Og and in a league match v Clann na Gael. There was great enthusiasm and vigour amongst the panel and to add to the excitement the team was supplied with a smart new skip, kindly sponsored by Glenbank Nurseries. (Seamus & Liam McGrane)

 

As the season progressed the girls found it difficult to live up to the early season promise and holiday commitments during the summer months saw our panel depleted and results were hard to come by with the notable exception away to Granemore when the bare bones of a team produced a fantastic effort to achieve a draw and we almost snatched a win with the last kick!

 

The girls finished the league claiming a further two points and with that came mid table respectability and considering the number of girls moving up, all the signs are good for a strong U14 team next year.  We wish all those remaining at U12 level every success next season and hope all girls can remain committed to the club and build on their existing skill base. Overall the experience has been a rewarding one for all concerned. The girls’ self esteem has been enhanced and their participation has shown that they are all valued team members.

 

Many thanks to all parents for your support throughout the year.  Thanks to those who helped at training sessions or who helped with transport and finally sincere thanks to all the girls for their endeavours throughout the year.

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U12 Coaching Team:

Patrick McGrane, Frances McKeever & Martina Donnelly. 

 

 

Ballyhegan Youth Club:

Ballyhegan Youth Club was organised and successfully run by a group of local volunteers led by Christy Cullen and Shane Fearon. Volunteers included Louise Lavery, Bronagh McParland, Shane Morgan, Caolan Finnegan, Clare Marley, Francis Loughran, Seamus McGeough, Eadaoin Hamill, Sarah McCann, Chloe Hughes, Conal McKeever and Jack Rafferty.

Over 80 children attended the youth club on a weekly basis from the beginning back in September right through November.

The children took part in a variety of sports based activities, table top games and enjoyed the annual Halloween party. The children also experienced a brand new activity to the youth club which was archery which seemed to be a major success with those who took part.

Having liaised with St. Oliver Plunkett’s fundraising committee we have decided next year to work closely with them in the organising of our programme and intend to work in partnership in running the Halloween party. This link between both the youth club and the school will hopefully benefit both parties.

As a whole the youth club has gone extremely well, which could not have been possible without the help from our youth leaders, the parents and of course the young people who attended. We all look forward to seeing you again next year.

 

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Ballyhegan Summer Scheme 2013
This year's summer scheme was organised and run by volunteer youth leaders from the club. They were led by Catherine McCormack and ably assisted by Micheal Hamill (jnr), Helen Mc Keever, Chris Cullen, Shane Morgan, Finbar Hamill, Niamh McCann, Shauna Wilson, Shane Fearon, Ciara McKeever, Conor McGlinchey, James mc Keever and Niall Crummie.

The Summer Scheme has now got a set place in the calendar, first week in July, and this year over 100 kids attended and had an enjoyable week.
The activities during the week were enhanced by the superb summer weather and enabled us to engage in a range of outdoor activities at the club on Monday and Tuesday. This was followed by a visit to
Loughgall Country Park on Wednesday. On Thursday hurling coach Ronan
McWilliams took a number of skill sessions with the youth. The week
finished on Friday with a range of art and craft exhibitions and a visit
from the Maguire’s ice cream van.

Special thanks to Brian Tedford Loughgall County Park manager, Ronan
McWilliams Ulster Council hurling development coach, Micheal Lee and Shaun Marty Lawless for taking photos for the club website and finally Brendan Oliver and Patrick McCann for their donations.

Looking forward to seeing you all next year.

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Joe McKeever

 

 

 Calendar of up-coming Events.  

 

January:                    Registration Night Friday 24th

 

Winter Circuits & skills sessions for U12-U14 Boys and Girls. Wednesdays until March at 7.00pm

 

 

February                      Coaches Pre-season Meeting. Date TBC

 

March                            Underage outdoor training Wednesdays at 7.00pm Check with your coach for exact date.

 

July                                Summer Camp first week.

 

August                          Croke Park Trip.

 

September-

December                    Youth Club Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm

 

October                         Coaches end of season review

 

November                    Presentation Night.


 

Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.

Dan Gable

 

Many thanks to our sponsors their help is vital to the running of our club. Please support them when you can.

 

U8s                                Armagh Sports & Trophies

U10s                             Armagh Sports & Trophies

U12Boys                       Ballyhegan Youth Club

U12 Girls                      Glenbank Nurseries

U14Boys                       BL Shutters

Minor & U16Boys       Seamic

Minor & U16 Girls      Ballyhegan Youth Club

U21 Men                       Simplyfruit.com

Senior Men                  Simplyfruit.com

Senior Ladies              Murray Tyres

 

 


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