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Winter 2012

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COACHING CORNER Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport Launched L GFA President, Pat Quill, took part in the launch of the new Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport at Croke Park last November. The code is the result of extensive consultation between the LGFA, the GAA, the Camogie Association, the Handball Association and the Rounders Association and will help to safeguard the young players involved in the sport. Amongst the new guidelines that have been introduced are Guidelines for Effective Communication, Guidelines for Photographers and Video Camera Users along with guidelines on how best to use Club websites and social media in the safest way possible. Speaking about the launch of the new code Mr. Quill said 'In today's world, parents are rightly more discerning when it comes to choosing activities that are suitable for their children. With the publication of this document we are reinforcing the fact that the Gaelic Football pitch is a safe, healthy and fun place for young girls to come together and get involved in sport.' Speaking about the close cooperation between the Associations he said 'I believe that this is another example of how effectively we can all work with a unified vision. I look forward to continuing to nurture our relationship with the family of Gaelic Games as we work on our shared concerns and goals into the future. partnership between all of the Gaelic Games Associations and will offer the 700 delegates an opportunity to access talks relating to key issues in hurling/camogie, Gaelic Football/Ladies Gaelic Football, Handball and Rounders which are specifically related to the adult player. Ladies Football will be featuring in some very interesting sections of the conference. Kerry Ladies Football manager, William O'Sullivan will join Eugene McGee, Pat Gilroy and Glen Ryan for a panel discussion based around the upcoming Football Review Committee Report. Games Development Conference C EO of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, Helen O'Rourke, and Dublin All-Star Midfielder Sinéad Goldrick joined the stars of their fellow Gaelic Games codes to launch the 2013 GAA Games Development Conference which will take place on the 12th of January 2013. The 2013 Conference Theme is Coaching Adults: More than the Sum of Our Parts. As has become the custom of the annual GAA Conference the schedule of speakers promises to provide thought provoking material for the delegates. The conference is run as a 36 Two of the games most well known players, Geraldine O'Flynn of Cork and Niamh Kindlon of Monaghan will join Phyiotherapist Enda King of the Sports Surgery Clinic in Santry and Dr. Catherine Blake of UCD as they discuss injury prevention and an innovative new injury prevention programme that has been piloted amongst Ladies Gaelic Football teams and will become a prominent feature for all Gaelic Games teams in the coming years. Also speaking on the day will be Irish Olympic boxing coach Billy Walsh, Paralympic Hand Cycling Champion Mark Rohan, Sligo Footballer Brendan Egan and Wexford Camogie's Kate Kelly and her manager JJ Doyle. The cost of attending is €50 and further information on registering to attend the Conference can be obtained by phone at 01-8658625, by emailing or at

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