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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! 


















Info For Parents 


St Maurs GAA Nursery & Academy is on every Saturday morning with a girls only Nursery/Academy on a Wednesday evening.

Saturday morning Nursery is from 9:30-10:45 with Academy on from 9:30-11. 

On Wednesday evenings Girls Nursery & Academy is from 6-7pm. 

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. 

The Nursery & Academy is split into terms aligned with the school terms, any changes to times or when the Nursery/Academy is not on will be communicated through our social media channels and in the Whatsapp Groups.

Membership for Nursery/Academy players is €100 for the year which includes a jersey and skills passport book. This can be paid through the membership tab on our website or in the club office. 

The club coffee shop is open on Saturday mornings, any Nursery/Academy players need a parent or guardian present at all times during the session. Grab yourself a cuppa and watch the stars of the future, or get involved the session yourself. 

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..  

At the end of every term we change up the session inviting Mr. Bubbles along, have a movie day or a kids party. 








Nursery:


Our Nursery is for 4 and 5 years olds where they will learn fundamentals of movement and have a basic introduction to Football & Hurling through a mix of fun games and activities. 

We would encourage all parents with children in the Nursery to get in solved during the sessions as much as possible. This can be collecting equipment or helping set up stations, moving around stations with your child, or even running a station with some of the younger coaches or other parents, whistles at the ready!

The Nursery will take place in the hall in the colder months and will move outside to the ball wall or onto the main pitch when the weather improves. 

After 2 years in the Nursery or once they reach the age of 6, players will graduate into the Academy. There will be a Graduation Party at the end of the term for all of these players. 


 


Academy:


The Academy is for 6 and 7 year olds and is a development of the Nursery where players will start to learn some of the key skills of Gaelic Football and Hurling.

During the session, there will be activities for fundamental movement, athletic development, small sided games and other fun activities. 

The 7 year olds will also take part in matches a couple of times a year as they get ready for u8’s the following year. 

During the colder months the Academy will be on in the hall or beside the ball wall. The Academy will then move out onto the main pitch or onto our all weather pitch when the weather improves. Appropriate footwear is required at all times for the all weather pitch. The moulded boots that are allowed on the all weather pitch are also suitable for grass pitches. 

The sessions are put together by our GPO and the Academy coaches, as well as parents of players who are in the Academy. 

It’s extremely important for parents, or anyone with an interest in coaching to get involved at this stage as if there are no parents to coach when the players progress to u8 there would be no team. 

GAA coaching courses are ran in the club throughout the year and cross the county. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or taking part in one of the courses get in touch with Daniel our GPO. 


If you have any questions about our Nursery/Academy feel free to contact our Games Promotion Officer Daniel on 0851287609


 


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