ON Friday evening last, Edenderry GAA welcomed the National Coaching Co-ordinator Paudie Butler to the club. He arrived at 6pm and didn’t leave the clubhouse until 9.30pm having spent three and a half hours coaching the club’s U-12 Hurlers and spending time discussing coaching methods with many of the underage coaches.
The evening began on the field with Paudie putting the U12’s through their paces using various drills to re-enforce his message of constant movement and always working with the hurl and ball.
The young players were exhausted by 8pm when the session came to an end and as they moved inside for refreshments Paudie spent the next 20 minutes quizzing the coaches present as to their thoughts on the evenings session.
As the coaches moved indoors for a welcome cup of tea and sandwich, Paudie continued to listen to the coaches and impart some of his knowledge of the game.
To round off the evening, Edenderry GAA presented Paudie with a memento of his visit in the shape of a statue of Cuchullain. He then proceeded to tell all the players present how Setanta had killed the ‘Hound of Cullen’ and became known as Cuchullain. He told the children Cuchullain had been the Champion hurler in Ireland 3,500 years ago and that they would be Champions of Ireland in 2022.
Edenderry GAA wish to thank Paudie Butler most sincerely for his visit and the time he spent with young and old alike. Sincere thanks also go to Groomes Butchers for their help with the catering and to all the parents who helped prepare the refreshments and clean the hall.
Some of the drills were captured on video camera and it is hoped to have these up on www.edenderrygaa.com in the coming days.