ON Saturday last, Pat Cleary, the newly appointed Hurling Co-ordinator for Offaly Coaching & Games Development Committee in conjunction with John Leahy Coaching & Games Promotion Officer organised a hurling workshop for former Inter County Players.
The purpose of the workshop was to brief the former inter county players on a specific hurling programme which will be rolled out to clubs in the coming weeks.
The programme is designed to concentrate on key areas of skill development for specific age groups ranging from U-8’s to U-12’s.
The former players will be allocated a club or clubs to assist and monitor the programme, it is envisaged that they will visit clubs throughout the playing session.
Throughout the workshop on Saturday morning in Mountbolus John Leahy demonstrated the various skills and teaching points that were critical in order for a hurler to develop to his/her potential.
Pat Cleary furnished all present with a comprehensive booklet that will aid the coaches to execute the programme.
In conclusion, Pat acknowledged the commitment of the former inter county players for coming on board and pledged on behalf of John Leahy and himself that every effort will be made in the coming year to assist under age Hurling Coaches in Offaly.
The next step is on Thursday, March 24 in the County Arms Hotel, Birr at 8pm where Club Coaches and Secretaries will be briefed on the new hurling initiative.