It is several years since Cumann Iománaíocht Máigh Cuilinn instituted a coaching programme in the primary schools in Moycullen. The idea was to promote hurling in all of the feeder schools to Cumann Iománaíocht Máigh Cuilinn. It was
originally put in place during the term in the Chair of Jimmy Callaghan and at that timethe club was lucky enough to be able to avail of the experience and knowledge of Morgan Darcy Senior.
At the end of the 2011/2012 school term Morgan advised his intention to retire from the role. The club owes a gratitude to Morgan for the role he played for the best part of a decade and for all the young hurlers who have starred for both club and school in those years.
Having being prompted into action, the club has been re-evaluating the schools coaching. Having agreed the value of the investment, it was decided to look at ways improve things and at how more support might be obtained for the schools coach from both club and Galway Coaching and Games.
First and foremost came the task of finding a new Schools Coach.
The role required a person with formal GAA hurling training,
Garda Vetted and Code of Best Practice completed. The person needed a genuine interest in the promotion of hurling, innovative ideas and coaching methods, previous experience coaching children,to be well organised and have a calm personality.
Luckily for club and schools, Kenneth Clancy ticked all the boxes and was willing and available. We are really pleased that Kenneth is on board and indeed working away already. Kenneth and our coaching officer, Frank Enright, have liaised with Galway Coaching And Games about new school coaching programs and they shown some innovation in working out effective ways to use each school site so valuable time and expense is not expended on travel. The schedule this term is;
Tuesday - Moycullen (assisted by Gearoid O Flatharta, Coaching & Games)
Wednesday - Baile Nua and Tooreeny (assisted by Gearoid O Flatharta)
Friday - Tullykyne and Collinamuck
The Coaching Officer and the club will be doing its best to see that Kenneth gets the support he needs in terms of equipment and material. We wish him every success and the children great fun in the year ahead.