Banríon Gaels launch 'Camán to Camogie' nursery programme

Greg Mulhall


Greg Mulhall


Banríon Gaels launch 'Camán to Camogie' nursery programme

Banríon Gaels Camogie Club are set to kick-off their 'Camán to Camogie' nursery programme from next week onwards as part of a six-week programme designed by Áine McNamara.

Banríon Gaels are a camogie club for players from Portarlington, Killenard, Emo and surrounding areas. The club was formed in 2013 and has gone from strength to strength with over 100 players registered. The club field teams at Under 8/10/12/14 & 15 and new players are always welcome.

Fondly known as "the hardest working ladies in the parish", Banríon Gaels players have excelled for club, schools and county. In recent years they took home their first county title in 2018, winning the U-12 Shield Final. Club players have been an integral part of parish school teams in the Cumann na mBunscoil competitions and they also have representation on the Laois county panel at U-14 and U-16 level. 

Áine MacNamara is an Associate Professor in Coaching and Elite Performance in the Institute of Coaching and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire. Áine’s background is in physical education and coaching and she has worked with young people in a range of sporting environments as an educator, coach and sports psychology consultant. She has consulted with a range of sporting organisations in the UK and Ireland including the FA, GAA, England Golf, Munster Rugby, Wales Rugby Union, Leinster Golf, Irish Hockey, and Leinster GAA to help them develop Talent Development pathways and policies as well as providing coach and parent education to support the implementation of these ideas.

Camán to Camogie is the nursery programme for Banrion Gaels Camogie club. The programme provides girls from Junior Infants, Senior Infants, and First Class with an introduction to camogie with the emphasis on fun, enjoyment, and developing the skills to continue to play and stay in the game.

The aim of Camán to Camogie nursery programme is to provide the youngest players with the best introduction to Camogie as possible as part of their journey in sport. This journey – TURAS in Irish – should be an exciting, fun, and positive experience for each girl. The Nursery programme adopts 5 key principles based on the TURAS model.

The first focus of Camán to Camogie is on developing the basic movement and motor skills for children aged 4 to 8 years old. These skills form the basis for the later development of the specific skills of Camogie and all other sports. As such the focus of the Nursery programme is on improving Physical Literacy – the ABCs of sport: Agility, Balance, Coordination, Running, Jumping, Throwing, Catching, Passing, Kicking and Striking skills.

The second focus of Camán to Camogie is on developing the basic camogie skills that young players need to progress – grip, strike, catch and block. Reflecting the TURAS principles, these are introduced using fun games and activities in a progressive and developmentally appropriate manner.

The programme commences on Tuesday 21 May and runs for six weeks until Sat 29 June, with training taking place twice a week on Tuesday (6-7pm) and Saturday (11.30-12.30pm) in McCann Park, Portarlington.

For more information, see their Facebook Page: HERE