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by Eoin Breathnach

GAA action lighting up the dark nights

sky, with blitzes taking place from U10 to U15 across the county all taking place under floodlights. Weekly floodlit blitzes will continue


each Wednesday for the next four weeks in Carriganore for U11 and U15 Hurling and U10 and U13 Gaelic Football. U14 blitzes will take place in various

venues in November over three nights on 8th, 10th and 14th November The County Final of the U14 and U16

Wall Ball Championships will take place in Ferrybank GAA Club under lights in the Ball Alley. To see the young players lighting up

the nights please come along and support your club in action in the various blitzes. Hurling Development Squads Launch On Tuesday, 4th October in

Carriganore the 2012 Hurling Development Squads were launched by Waterford Coaching and Games Development in front of a large crowd of players, parents, mentors, board officers and county stars. The launch of the squads and the outlining of the programme being undertaken by the various squads in the coming months took centre stage along with an opportunity for all to see the wonderful facilities available to all Development Squads in Carriganore. Those present were given an outline

of the history of the squads in Waterford, recent successes and the plans for the future. The work being done by the 34

cross the county this winter the young hurlers and footballers are quite literally lighting up the night

Squad coaches was outlined, along with the plans for the future development of all players on all squads. As well as developing a player, Waterford Coaching and Games place a strong emphasis on personal development of players and general health and wellbeing. The continued education of the various coaches to ensure this happens is vital and many of our coaches have attended workshops and conference in various areas in recent years. The role of the clubs, club coaches

and parents is huge in achieving excellence among the young players and this was highlighted on the night. We were delighted to be joined by a number of the current Waterford Senior stars who gave advice to parents and young players alike on the requirements and expectations of playing at the top level.

New Referees Over the last four months 80 people have been trained to become Go Games Referees in Hurling and Gaelic Football. Many of these Referees have started in the various blitzes run by Waterford Coaching & Games. Waterford was the county in the country to run the new Go Games Referee courses where the participants are trained specifically for the Go Games. From January 2012 only referees who have completed the course will be used by Waterford Coaching & Games Development. Many of the 100 Referees trained in the last three years have gone on to referee at Bord na nÓg and County Board level.

Players and coaches at the Hurling Development Squad launch night.

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