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Winter 2012

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MUNSTER 1. Our Player Development Programme (PDP) promotes a non-competitive enjoyable environment prioritising the involvement of all players with the full endorsement of the county board. 2. Our aim is to promote and encourage players of all abilities whilst moving away from the idea of the PDP being for the elite players only 3. Munster Player Development Programme 2012 Under 13: On Saturday November 17th Mallow GAA complex was even busier than usual when over 350 girls from all six counties descended on the fantastic facility to participate in the Munster U-13 Player Development Blitz. This Blitz is a culmination of many weeks of training, months of organising by the county coordinators and certainly lived up to all expectations. With a total of 19 teams playing on 4 pitches there was some great football played and even better friendships made. Our PDP aims to provide an all-inclusive programme for everyone to provide and encourage lifelong participation in sport in playing or administration. The girls and the coaches who took part in the player development programme in Munster are crucial to the long term development of clubs in each and every county and at the blitzes certainly remained true to the objectives outlined above. The players will return to their clubs following the programme with more confidence and hopefully a renewed enthusiasm to be ambassadors for Ladies Football among their peers. Many thanks to all who assisted with the coordination of the programme within the counties and during the blitz days. A special thanks to all the referees who officiated on both days. There are still some improvements that can be made to this programme at all levels and feedback on same is always welcomed. Under 15: One week later, again in Mallow 174 players from five counties gathered for the U-15 Blitz. Once again the coaches, players and parents treated the event in the manner intended and the cooperation from all was much appreciated. In April of this year the counties participated in a Player Development Forum and collectively decided on three main objectives for the programme for the year. Action from U-15 Munster Player Development Blitz in Mallow Winter 2012 Action from U-15 Munster Player Development Blitz in Mallow 59

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