Kids come out for Gaelic football

| 03/04/2017
CNS Local Life

(L-R) William Murphy, Evan Barry and Rory Murphy at the Gaelic football event

(CNS Local Life): The Cayman Islands Kids Gaelic Football Club hosted a free training and games session Saturday, 18 March, at the Camana Bay CIS Football Pitch and Arts and Recreation Centre (ARC). This event attracted 53 children aged 5 to 16 from schools all over the Island, and included indoor agility and movement equipment introduced for the younger age group (5-6 year olds), and skills sessions on the football pitch for ages 7 and over.

The schools taking part were St Ignatius, Cayman Prep, Cayman International School, Montessori by the Sea, Bodden Town Primary School, Prospect Primary School and Clifton Hunter High School. The training started with a warm up, then movement and agility drills to get the sessions going. The children were divided into age groups of 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11 plus, and started work on their team skills. This was followed by small short games to enhance the tactics learned. The teaching then finished with a mini blitz competition within these age groups.

Following on from this event, the inaugural Kids Gaelic Football Easter COOL Camp will take place on 18-21 April 2017 from 8:30am-12:30pm. The camp will revolve around maximising enjoyment whilst learning and developing Gaelic football skills. Other sports will be included to advance movement and agility, with all abilities welcome, including beginners.

Colm Egan, full-time games development officer from the North American Gaelic Athletic Association, will teach at the camp. Activities will be player-centred using a games-based approach, with a strong emphasis placed on personal development and well-being.

Children must be registered before 7 April at the club’s website. The cost is $100 for the first child and $50 for each additional sibling. For information on the camp and on scholarships email the club

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