Coaching drills, social media and club fixtures are now just a click away for Laois GAA fans after the launch of the county’s updated website on Monday night.
The new website for Laois GAA was officially launched by Liam O’Neill in the County Board offices at Parkside, with the Pesident-Elect of the GAA hopinf it would be “a huge force for good, to show Laois off to be the county that we are.”
The launch brings to end an exhaustive few months work from the Laois GAA IT Committee, who were charged with developing a new website earlier this year. The committee, made up of Grainne McCann, Niall Handy, Brian Ramsbottom, Pat Critchley and Tomás Moore, have certainly succeeded in achieving their brief. In an almost complete overhaul, there is an extensive history of Laois GAA now in place, profiles of all Laois senior footballer and hurlers, fixtures and league tables, while the site also promises to be a valuable resource for coaches all around the county.
Under the guidance of Pat Critchley, a large number of coaching drills have been recorded on video, and they will be uploaded to the site in the near future. Through this, coaches of juvenile teams across a number of age ranges will have the opportunity to see drills in action and then incorporate them into their own routines.
Liam O’Neill was charged with officially launching the site, and he was fulsome in his praise for the work which had been done. “I hope this helps to build up a sense of Laois-ness, and this is a means by which to do it. People will know what’s going on and feel a part of it.
“The site can have a huge positive benefit for our county.”
O’Neill had been one of the driving forces behind pushing Laois into the electronic age back in the year 2000 when, as county secretary, he took what was then considered a bold move by e-mailing out club fixtures. The digital landscape of the GAA has moved forward an awful lot since then, and O’Neill was also impressed by the Facebook and Twitter accounts which are being used, giving Laois fans around the world the chance to stay in touch through the social media sites.
The website went live yesterday (Tuesday) morning, and can be accessed at www.laoisgaa.ie