Wednesday, January 13, 2021

SCHOOLS may be closed for now but Carlow GAA Coaching and Games Staff are still available to help primary school students to improve their skills while enjoying games in a different background. Sean Gannon is the lead Games Development Officer in Carlow and he confirmed e-mails explaining what is entailed has been sent out to the schools in the area while they are also spreading the word via social media.

Gannon said they had carried out similar exercises with the clubs.

I would be on screen and so would the players. We would, for example, do thirty seconds of jumping jacks and then thirty seconds bouncing the ball on one side or the other. We could do maybe ten different exercises which could go on for 30-40 minutes,” said Gannon.

After we do that we would ask how many jumping jacks we did and players would type in how many they did.”

The coaches liaise with the group while offering words of encouragement and praise.

It worked really well with the clubs and while I don’t know how it would work with the schools we are going to trial it with Tinryland on Thursday,” said Gannon.

The Carlow GAA Interactive Primary School Sessions means the coaches could work from a room in their own house with the players also exercising in a similar environment. The coaches can host two to three classes working on-line at the same time.

It is working on fundamental movement or getting children to work on their hurling and football skills. We want to continue to try and help them as much as we can,” says Sean.

There was a good bit of interest in it and potentially we could be doing it five days a week. There is plenty to do.”

For more information contact Sean at [email protected]

By Kieran Murphy

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