Listry juvenile GAA club held its very first football camp from tue 6th to 9th August 2013.The camp was the brain child of coaching officer Colman O’Shea.The camp was designed for national school boys and girls. The idea of the camp was to focus on the skills of  gaelic football and between the drills the kids would have lots of fun games.

Everything went according to plan and the roars of laughter around the pitch, proved the kids were learning and having the all important fun as well. Colman put a lot of preparation into the timetable and even organised some lunch-time fun for the kids while the coaches had a break. The lunch-time fun was excellent with egg and spoon races, three legged races, wheel-barrow races and the very popular tug-o-war was very exciting. Thank you Colman for the excellent coaching manual that was given to the coaches, each skill was simplified with games for all levels of ability. A full programme of events from 10am to 2pm meant all the kids and coaches went home happy and exhausted every day.

   It takes a lot of coaches to run a camp and Colman put a great team of 18 coaches together.The coaching team of Colman O’Shea, Ann O’Brien, Jeremy Wrenn, Ger Foley, Anthony Kennedy, Aisling O’Leary, Ciara O’Shea, Peadar Keane, Noreen Clifford,Niall O’Shea, Sean O’Sullivan, Senan Wrenn, Brandon O’Mahony, John Courtney, Niamh Cronin, Joe Clifford and Tim Fitzgerald was a great mix of young, older, male and female coaches. Thank you to all the coaches who gave their time for the kids and the club.

The coaches looked very well in their specially commissioned shirts.

   The final day of camp was a party day. Kerry senior footballers Jonathan Lyne and Brian Kelly attended, all 76 kids received a camp t- shirt and a goodie bag. A raffle was held to distribute prizes donated by our great sponsors and the great parents of Listry brought lots of home baking.

    Listry are lucky to have great supporters and sponsors, Michael O’Sullivan Foodstore and Farm Supplies Beaufort bridge sponsored goodie bags for all the kids,Kevin and Kieran Murphy sponsored a fruit hamper, vouchers were given by Faha Court,Pat Sheahan Killorglin Golf Club, Kerry Petroleum and Derry Ahearn Sportsworld Killarney. It’s great to get the support of the sponsors and I hope all parents will thank and support our sponsors.Listry are also thankful to new juvenile sponsor Ger Brosnan ‘Tree Services’ 066-9767780 and the clubs main sponsor Denis Murphy ‘Murphy Galvin Hooper Dolan‘ insurance Killarney 064- 6634632.

    Thanks again Colman O’Shea for organising a very successful camp for 76 boys and girls.Thank you to Ann O’Brien who worked very hard in promoting the camp and only for Ann it would never have happened. Thank you to the great parents of our young coaches and the great parents of all the kids you can all feel proud. Thank you to the parents for bringing home baking, serving same and washing up after. Thanks again to the 76 kids who were very well behaved all week, I hope you all had a great time and don’t forget to practice the skills of the game at home.

     Thanks again to everyone that helped to make the camp a success and thank God for the great weather. Up Listry !

Murt Broderick.

August 2013.

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