Tuesday, June 16, 2020

ONE of the highlights of the summer for sporting youngsters is set to return.
Plans for Cúl Camps in Carlow are due to be announced this week.
In recent years, the ever popular week-long GAA camps attracts around 2,000 young footballers and hurlers in the county.
In a normal year, there would be 19 camps in Carlow but it’s expected that will be reduced this summer.
“It won’t reach the numbers we have had before,” said Sean Gannon, Games Development Administrator with Carlow GAA. “It’s extremely new territory for us. We toyed with the idea of not doing the camps. But the county board members, clubs and GAA are happy for them to go ahead. We are going to take stringent measures to ensure that we continue to social distance and the safety of children will be paramount.”
Full details will be published this week but it is hoped to commence the camps in late July with regional camps at Netwatch Cullen Park and the training centre in Fenagh with further camps taking place in August. There may be some local camps that have run in previous years that will not take this summer. People who have booked already for these camps will have three options — either switch to a regional camp, a full refund or receive the Cúl Camp gear and a partial refund.
The appetite for Cúl Camps is readily evident despite the shadow of Covid-19. There was a massive spike in online bookings nationally when the GAA announced they would take place. Bookings were stopped until a plan for the camps was finalised.
A number of safety measures will be adopted to curb the threat of Covid-19.
Gannon stressed parents should make their own decision and not feel pressurised to sign up their children.
Gannon believed the popularity of Cúl Camps was down to a combination of things.
“It’s really well organised but it’s also the tradition I think. Nearly every parents would have been at a camp themselves so it’s natural they send their children to them as well.
“Coaches have to go through a huge array of courses to become coaches so parents know they are really well qualified. They know their kids will be looked after, improve and, importantly, have fun.”
Bookings are currently closed but when opened all will be taken through www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie. Nationalist Sport will post further details on www.carlow-nationalist.ie when they become available.

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