Newsletter 18th February 2013 – delivered to Youth Board

Coach Education

Safeguarding Course

St. Patrick’s – 29th November 2012

Foundation Award Courses

St. Comhghall’s College – November 2012

Enniskillen Gaels – 4th & 5th January 2013

Erne Gaels – 15th & 16th February 2013

Upcoming Courses

St. Patrick’s – Fri 22nd & Sat 23rd February 2013

Tempo – Fri 1st & Sat 2nd March 2013

Award 1 Courses

Award 1 Youth/Adult – Bawnacre 11th, 12th & 13th January 2013.

Upcoming Course

Award 1 Youth/Adult – Bawnacre 8th, 9th & 10th March 2013


Coach Development Programme  

“Being Flexible for Strength” Kevin Kelly and Ryan Mellon delivered this course on Tuesday 20th November 2012 St. Fanchea’s College.

“Goalkeeping Course” Paul Callaghan delivered this course on Thursday 22nd November 2012 at Lissan.


Fermanagh Club Mentoring Programme

This Programme aimed at empowering club coaches started on Wednesday 30th January in St. Michael’s College.

This introductory session was attended by 30 Youth Officers/Coaching Officers from 16 clubs (with 1 apology). The programme and its aims and aspirations were outlined and Brendan Rasdale offered his experiences during a presentation entitled “How can clubs structure underage coaching”. At Session 2 – “Fundamentals for your Club” – on Thursday 7th February Teresa McNabb and Owen Mooney delivered a presentation with practical elements to 57 representatives from 17 clubs.

Simon Bradley, Co. Minor team manager, and Lorcan Martin, Strength and Conditioning coach with Fermanagh Senior Footballers, were the speakers at Session 3 – “Preparations for Performance”. 47 coaches from 16 clubs benefited from these presentations.

Session 4 “Pre-Season for Adult Players” with Kieran Donnelly, Co. Seniors coach, and Kevin McGuigan, Ulster Council, takes place on Wednesday 20th February 2013 at 7.30pm in St. Michael’s College.


Academies 2013

Aisling Doonan and the GDM have drawn up comprehensive programmes for the U13, U14, U15 and U16 Academies. There needs to be discussions with the clubs as to how best these programmes can be delivered.

Aisling Doonan, Teresa McNabb and the GDM carried out a pilot S & C session with a selection of St. Michael’s College pupils on Monday 10th December 2012.


Fermanagh Schools’ Ward Cup team.

The Fermanagh Schools’ team qualified for the semi-final of the Ward Cup by beating SWC, Armagh on 22nd November 2012 and played St. Mary’s, Clady, on Wednesday 13th February 2013 at MUSA. The Fermanagh Schools had a number of players missing through illness and injury but that doesn’t take away from the performance of a very strong Clady team who won easily in the end on a scoreline of 7-10 to 1-6. Year 13 & 14 pupils from South West College, St. Aidan’s High School, St. Comhghall’s College, St. Eugene’s College and St. Joseph’s College have taken part in these games.

Coaching and Games Committee

At a meeting on Wednesday 13th February 2013 Deirdre Donnelly, Coaching Officer, proposed that opinions from the club questionnaires, our responsibilities to Croke Park’s Strategy, the thoughts of the Committee – and anyone co-opted onto it – and Fermanagh’s Work Plan should be incorporated into the updating of the Fermanagh Strategy document. The next meeting to start implementing these ideas was set for Monday 25th March 2013.



The GDM met with Fabian Burns and Paul Divilly to initiate the planning of a winter programme and to have a look at the Hurling Academy programme.


Fermanagh Kellogg’s Cúl Camps 2013

At the annual meeting on Tuesday 12th February 2013 with the Kellogg’s Cúl Camp it was declared that there would be few changes for 2013. I have attached the proposed dates, venues and club contact details for your proofing and information. Please let me have your suggestions for increasing the numbers attending – where this is possible.


Half-time games

It is proposed this year to play half-time games at our home NHL and NFL.

The first home NFL game was against Roscommon on Saturday 9th February 2013. Derrylin and Newtownbutler brought players to play at half-time in this game. The next home NFL game is V Monaghan on Saturday 9th March 2013 and Belnaleck and Erne Gaels will bring players to these half-time games. The final home NFL game is on Sunday 24th March 2013 V Sligo. At this stage Tempo have intimated they will bring players to half-time games at this match.

The first home NHL game is on Sunday 24th February V Tyrone. This is followed by homes games V Donegal on Saturday 16th March, and V Monaghan on Sunday 31st March.

The games played at our home fixtures will be for U10s (preferably only 2003 & 2004), boys and girls, in 2 x 9-a-side games. Clubs are asked to bring 18 players to these games.

Clubs who are interested in taking part in these games should contact me as soon as possible.


Go Games 2013

Croke Park are putting a motion to Congress to reduce the age of Go Games from U12 to U11.

Please find attached a proposal for Go Games in Fermanagh designed to complement the Derrygonnelly Tournament and provide games for all U10s and U8s.

Paul Divilly, Regional Hurling Officer for Cavan and Fermanagh, and Fabian Burns are completing a GoGames schedule for Cavan and Fermanagh to satisfy the needs of our U10 and U8 hurlers.


Gum Shields


Croke Park Activities Day 2013

Fermanagh have been allocated a slot on Tuesday 2nd July 2013 from 1.00pm to 2.30pm


Feile 2013

“Please see communication as we discussed at the last Coaching Meeting. Please inform the relevant committee within your county.

Eligibility for 2013 Feile

Where Counties have not already held pre-qualification for 2013 Feile, Counties have to be represented (if their taking part in the tournament) by a club which did not represent the county within that sport (football, Hurling) in the 2012 National Competition.  This stipulation would not apply for Clubs which acted as a host in the 2012 National Competition, within the sport that they were hosting.

This eligibility criteria will not apply to overseas units.

Any County winner who is not eligible for the National Feile will be allowed entry to the Provincial Regional Feile events.

If Counties are organising a Feile Tournament and a Club which represented the County at the 2012 National Feile, wins the tournament, the County should be represented by the runner up at the National Tournament (assuming they did not also represented the County in the 2012 National Competition) or the County should nominate a representative.”