Gaelic Football Club hosts ‘St. Patrick’s Blitz’

On Saturday, March 18, the DART Cayman Islands Kids Gaelic Football Club hosted a free training and games session at the Camana Bay CIS Football Pitch and ARC.

The event attracted 53 children aged 5 to 16 from schools all over the Island including St. Ignatius, Cayman Prep, Cayman International School, Montessori by the Sea, Bodden Town Primary School, Prospect Primary and Clifton Hunter High School. The coaching used both the football pitch and the indoor facilities at the ARC, with indoor agility and movement equipment introduced for the younger age group (5-6 year olds), and skills sessions in the sunshine (and some rain!) for ages 7 and over.

Naomi Jennings works on her ball-handling skills.

The training started with a warm up, then movement and agility drills to get the sessions going. The children were divided into age groups of 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11 plus, and started work on their team skills. This was followed by small short games to enhance the tactics learned. The teaching then finished with a mini blitz competition within these age groups.

A great morning was had by all, with many parents and children alike looking to learn more and playing the games again. To this end the inaugural DART Kids Gaelic Football Easter COOL Camp will take place on the mornings of April 18-21. This is an action-packed and fun-filled kids camp which revolves around maximizing enjoyment while learning and developing Gaelic Football skills. Other sports will be included to advance movement and agility skills. All standards of sports are welcome to join – especially beginners!

The Camp will include teaching by Mr. Colm Egan, full-time games development officer from the North American Gaelic Athletic Association, who delivered the Certified Foundation Level Coaching course to our own Kids Club Coaches in October 2016. Activities will be player-centered using a games based approach, with a strong emphasis being placed on personal development and wellbeing.

The training session included indoor and outdoor segments.

The camp will run 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cayman International School, Camana Bay. Cost is CI$100 for first child, $50 per sibling thereafter, with scholarships available by contacting [email protected] Note that there are limited places available.

If you are interested in signing up to the DART Kids Gaelic Football Easter COOL Camp please go www.caymangaa.com/coolcamp and register on the online link before April 7. If you need any further information please contact the Kids Gaelic Club Committee at [email protected]

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