Reminder that on this Thursday, March 10, participation will commence for two clubs Glenfarne/Kilty and St. Caillin?s Fenagh.

Leitrim Gaels and Kiltubrid will commence their participation on Tuesday, March 15.

All those attending from all four clubs should have their Questionaire forms returned at the above planned meetings. Check with your secretary if you have not received a form.

This is a very important development programme for you and your club, so make a huge effort to attend and participate.

Trained Facilitators will attend at all venues.



10-Mar-05 by PJ Meehan – Development Officer

At the 2003 Congress an tUachtarain Sean Uas O?Ceallaigh made some major changes to committee structures.

The primary aim of this committee is to conduct an audit of each club and assist them in their efforts to address any issues by providing both club and officer training.
To this end Leitrim County Development Committee actively encourage all clubs to participate in this very worthwhile programme.
The recent Seminar attended by all clubs and officers has had a very positive impact with a number of clubs already willing to participate.

Officer Training will form part of this programme and with this in mind this news column will carry the dates for clubs to follow. Also appearing weekly in this column will be an outline of the qualities, duties etc of individual club officers starting this week with An Cathaoirleach.

The Club Chairperson?..
As a leader and a Manager, He/she must have?..
? Dedication to the GAA and the club.
? Knowledge?.He/she must prepare by knowing what the GAA is all about. He/she must become familiar with An Treorai Oifiguil
? Power of Persuasion?.He/she is not a dictator. He/she must be able to motivate and work with people.
? Integrity?.He/she is the symbol of the Club and must guard its reputation jealously.

? He/she must have time to do the job.
? Must have a genuine interest in the Association and the necessary background knowledge.
? Have a good standing in the community.
? Have leadership qualities.

? To act as Cathaoirleach at committee and other meetings.
? To cooperate with each other club officer to improve the club.
? To act on behalf of the club in the interval between meetings.
? Decide priorities of meetings, having them finalised, leaving less important matters to a later date if necessary.
? Prepare for meetings in close liaison with club Runai.
? Be a Manager of the club with Prime Responsibility for Planning, Organising, Delegating and Controlling.

The contribution of An Cathaoirleach to the effective working of a committee and the Club can never be underestimated.

The Assistant Chairperson ( An Leas Cathaoirleach) should be seen as the ?Cathaoirleach in waiting?. He/she should be assigned to chair a high profile/busy sub-committee in order to gain as much experience of Club Administration as possible.

Next Week?s Officer Profile?.. An Runai ( Club Secretary )

Leitrim GAA?..Club Planning and Development

On Thursday 10th March 2005 participation will commence for two clubs Glenfarne/Kilty and St Caillins Fenagh with Trained Facilitators attending at both venues. Other clubs will follow as soon as can be scheduled.



02-Mar-05 by PJ Meehan – Development Officer

John Morrison from Armagh will present a coaching seminar on Saturday next, 19th February, in the Community School, Carrick-on-Shannon from 10am to 1pm.

The topic for this seminar will be ?Movement and Speed of Thought in Body & Mind?. This will be the only chance to hear from one of the best in the country this season, so clubs should ensure large numbers attend.

Our G.P.O.s will be in contact with Club officers this week to identify each Club?s Coaching Liaison Officer. Clubs must have a Coaching Liaison Officer in place by Friday 18th February.

Plans are underway to run an U-10 Club Blitz involving all clubs in the country over the Easter holidays. G.P.O.s will be in touch with Club personnel shortly to outline details.

Our 2005 Level One coaching course will commence on Friday 4th March and Saturday 5th March 05.

A number of workshops are being conducted throughout the province during the forthcoming months. The courses are being offered to everyone. If you wish to attend any of these courses just contact the County Coaching Officer Thomas Keenan at 071 9631120 (h) 043 24710 (w), or the Connacht Council Office at 094-9630335, or any Games Promotion Officer.

The Foundation Level course is also available to any club or alternative groups. This is the basic 8-10 hours coaching course suitable for coaching of Juvenile teams. We strongly urge all clubs to complete this course and ensure that every coach has the minimum qualification. This can be organised by contacting your County Coaching Officer or John Tobin, Connacht Games Manager at 094 9630335 or 087 4169500.

February 19th
?Movement & Speed of Thought in Body & Mind?
Speaker: John Morrison (Armagh)
Venue: Carrick-on-Shannon
Time: 10am – 1pm

February 28th
Skill Acquisition & Development Workshop
Tutors: Martin Carney & John Tobin
Venue: An Sportlann, Castlebar
Time: 10am – 12am.

March 4th & 5th
Leitrim Level One Coaching Course
Contact: Thomas Keenan 071 9631120 or 043 24710
Venue: Carrick-on-Shannon

March 5th
Core Development & Proprioception
Venue: An Sportlann, Castlebar
Speaker: Louis O?Connor
Time: 10am – 1pm

March 9th & 10th
March 9th
Core Development & Preprioception
Venue: Carrick-on-Shannon
Speaker: Louis O?Connor

March 12th
The Use of Mini & Conditional games to Develop the Skills of Gaelic Football
Venue: Sligo IT
Tutors: Eamonn O?Hara, Pat Kilcoyne, Michael Harte, Gerry McManus.
Time: 10am – 12.30pm

March 19th
Skill Development through the ?Wall Ball Programme?
Speaker: Lester Ryan, Games Development Manager, Leinster
?From the Cradle to the Grave? Speaker: Justin McCarthy
Venue: GMIT. Time: 10am – 1pm
Contact: Pat Monaghan 087 9592068.



23-Feb-05 by Thomas Keenan – Coaching Officer

The coaching officers would like to thank John Morrison, who has agreed to return later in the year to talk on specific skills. Joe Flynn for the use of the Community School facilities, the Minor management and players, our GPOs and John Tobin Connight Coaching, for all the help in staging this seminar.



23-Feb-05 by Brendan Doyle

Following requests from a number of clubs our Level One Coaching course has been put back one week and will now commence on Friday 11th March and Saturday 12th March.



23-Feb-05 by Brendan Doyle

The following are a list of up-coming foundation level courses. Any person involved with clubs or county teams of any level, who have not completed foundation level should do so at one of the following venues:

Kinlough Community Centre – 7pm on 25th Feb and 10am on 26th Feb.

Aughnasheelin – 7pm on 28th Feb – Practical – NOTE This has to be Confirmed

Dromahair – 7:30pm on 4th March and 11am on 5th March

Mohill – 7pm on 4th March and 10am on 5th March



23-Feb-05 by Thomas Keenan – Coaching Officer

This ( tonight)Wednesday night 23rd February 2005 sees the clubs of our county coming together for an Information Seminar on the Comhairle Programme in the Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon starting at 8.00 pm.
The aim of the programme is to enable club members take ownership of their clubs by participating in the process of planning for the club?s future. The programme will encourage clubs to plan in a systematic way to meet their short term and long term needs while also seeking to encourage more members to become actively involved in the running of the club.

This programme was devised by the National Club Planning and Development committee under the Chairmanship of Pat Fitzgerald of Limerick who will attend this Seminar along with National Co-ordinator Shane Flanagan of Croke Park, Liam O?Neill Leinster Council and Mick Rock Connaught Council.
It is very important that each club have in attendance their Chairperson, Secretary, Development Officer and Club PRO.

?We all have a duty to pass on what we took responsibility for in our club and ensure we leave it in as healthy a state as we were given it or better?.



23-Feb-05 by PJ Meehan – Development Officer