Camogie Clubs across the country are being invited to participate in an innovative programme which encourages parents to train and play alongside their daughters over a four week period.
The programme is backed by the National Dairy Council and this is the third year in which it has been run.
In 2016 24 clubs tok part in a six week programme and it is hoped that shortening the period of commitment will lead to an increased take up.
All clubs come together after the programme for a day of blitzes and activity at the GAA National Development Centre on the National Sports Campus.
The principle is that kids aged between seven and ten learn the basic skills of the sport under a qualified Camogie coach and that parents learn at the same time. They are then encouraged to practice the skills at home before the following week.
As well as introducing the kids it also encourages the parents to take a more active role in their daughter’s sporting interest and many go on to become coaches or helpers within their club.
That connection between parent and child is part of the rich value that sport can bring and a cornerstone of the community reach of clubs. Introducing it beyond those parents who would have played themselves and gravitate naturally towards helping out is a positive initiative that will yield significant long term benefit.
1,200 children aged 11 and 12 from 64 clubs across the country took part in a blitz in Croke Park on Easter Monday, extending their connection to the sport.
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