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Hello  my name is Ros and I'm the St Maurs academy mascot. you can meet me at the academy on Saturday mornings.

 Read on below about the St Maurs Academy section- we hope you enjoy your experience! 


Our Academy section will help your child to experience and master the skills of Gaelic games (Hurling ,Camogie and Football for Boys and Girls) in a fun and safe environment where full participation is actively encouraged and appreciated by our parent volunteers supported by our professionally qualified GPO 

Each child will generally spend two years in the Academy after which they will move to our Under 8 "go-games" teams - children remain at under 8 until they are old enough to move to Under 9. 

WHEN ?? 

Saturday Mornings- 9:30am   for all girls and boys

Wednesdays at 5 -6 pm for girls only

If you are unsure about Academy taking place then check the Club Facebook page on Saturday Mornings.

TO REGISTER AND JOIN THE  ST MAURS ACADEMY THE   FEE IS ONLY 70 EURO FOR THE YEAR  AND INCLUDES AN ACADEMY T-SHIRT


PAY/REGISTER ONLINE USING THE MEMBERSHIP TAB ON THE HOME PAGE OR DROP TO THE CLUB OFFICE MON-FRI AND FILL IN A FORM AND PAY BY CASH/CHEQUE

Frequently Asked Questions :  

Q : If the weather is bad , will training take place indoors ?

A:  Yes!! The club is lucky enough to have an indoor facility. Training will only be for 1 Hour 15 Minutes on these days.

Q: What age is the Academy intended for ?

A: Boys and Girls age 4 to 6. From age 7 or once 2 years are completed in the Academy, children play at Under 8 level. 

Q: How is the training structured?

A: The 90 minute session includes some fun warm up games, skill progression, athletic development and small sided games.

Q: Do children in the Academy get to play against other clubs?

A: Yes -in your child's second year we organise challenge matches against other clubs. 

Q: What is the club ethos?

A: The emphasis is on participation and enjoyment - learning through fun.  All players, no matter what their skill level or ability, get to play and everyone is substituted.  Our approach is to build confidence through encouragement and to make the game as enjoyable as possible, following approved GAA coaching methods. 

 

Q: What does the club expect from parents of the Academy children?

A: For children in The Academy, the club expects that a parent/adult responsible for the child remains at the club at all times. One adult can be responsible for more than one child at a time. Parents should bring a mouth guard and drink to all sessions and in cold weather hats, gloves, warm top,  etc..  

Q: When do you stop for Winter, Summer holidays etc..?

A: In general we follow the school calendar - you will be notified throughout the year and on the club Facebook page. 

Q: What are Go-Games?

A: Special small sided games designed by the GAA for younger children with rules and equipment appropriate to the age group in question. Various types of go-games are played from nursery up to age 12 in both hurling and football. 

Q: Is there any girl-only sides?

A: Yes - we offer Camogie and Girls football. 

Q. What should my child wear for Hurling ?

A: For hurling children MUST wear a helmet - Helmets are supplied to new players for the first 6 weeks, after which they are expected to purchase their own helmet. We also encourage children to wear shin guards. 

Q: How does the under 8 league work with both codes (i.e. football and hurling) ?

A: Matches take place Saturday morning alternating between home and away matches. One Saturday we play hurling, the next is Football and so on throughout the year.  

Q: Can parents help/become involved ?

A: Yes - parents are encouraged to become involved - formal GAA coaching courses are offered to all mentors throughout the year. If you are interested in mentoring, please make yourself know to one of our mentors or GPO.

If you are not interested in mentoring you can help in other ways - we need parents to help us gather up and store equipment, administration roles etc. HELP IS ALWAYS WELCOME. 

Q: Is anything organised for the parents ?

A: Yes, GAELIC 4 MOTHERS and GAELIC FOR DADS teams are available in the club and are great social initiatives and we also hold a number of social nights throughout the year in one of the clubs two bars.

For further information please feel free to contact club GPO Vinny Whelan on 0860709084

 


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