Cayman Islands Gaelic Football Club

Cayman Islands Kids Gaelic Football Club Starts the Season with a Bang!

David O'ConnellComment

On Saturday February 11 th 2017, the DART Kids Gaelic Club hosted the ‘Start of Season Blitz’ at the Camana Bay CIS Football Pitch. 65 children turned up and togged out in the first training session of the year, in the Cayman sunshine, early on Saturday morning. With 15 coaches on hand to assist with the games, the children were split into age groups with approximately 4 kids to each coach. The training started with a warm up, movement and agility drills such as “Gaelic Bulldog” to get the session going, followed by skills based games. The children were then divided into age groups of 5-6, 7- 8, 9-10 and 11 plus, and started work on their team skills. The day finished with a mini blitz competition within these age groups.

The children came from several schools on island, and there was a great mix of nationalities in each team. Almost half the group was made up of Caymanian children, brand new to the sport, who picked up the game very quickly. The youngsters gave lots of positive feedback following the session, enjoying both using skills they had learned in other sports, along with learning new Gaelic techniques. Some children had previously played netball, soccer and rugby and found it easy to adapt these experiences to Gaelic Football.

The coaches were also very enthusiastic and excited at the talent that was displayed by some of the children who had never even seen the sport before or had never played a team sport. Many parents also participated in the session and were enquiring about more regular fixtures. The next event will be the St. Patrick’s Day Blitz and will be held on the weekend of 18 th and 19 th March 2017.

For more information please see https://www.caymangaa.com/subscribe/ where parents can sign up for the monthly newsletter on DART Kids Gaelic Club events. An exciting addition to the event was the announcement of Platinum Level Sponsorship for the club by DART. Chris Duggan, VP / Director DART Foundation confirmed "We are very excited to announce our partnership with the Cayman Islands Kids Gaelic Football Club and look forward to helping the Club develop Gaelic Football within the wider youth community here in Cayman. We wish the Club all the very best for the season ahead." Eamon Wilson, Chair of the DART Kids Gaelic Club said: “On behalf of the Club, we are honored to have DART as our Platinum Sponsor for 2017 and we thank Chris and his team for their support. Our Club is a 100% voluntary organization and DART funding goes directly into bringing Gaelic Football to the youth of Cayman through our Club Training days, Schools Programme and Community Outreach Program The DART Kids Gaelic Club is also delighted to be partnered with the Cayman Islands Red Cross, and have the 2017 Silver Sponsorship of PwC Cayman Islands, and also Deja Vu Photos by Maggie Jackson. Maggie was present on the day to capture all the fun and photographs will be available on

http://www.dejavucayman.com.

Anyone who would like more information on the DART Kids Gaelic Club should contact:

Email: kids@caymangaelic.com

Web: www.caymangaa.com/kidsgaelicclub

Twitter: @kidsgaelic

Cayman Islands Kids Gaelic Football Club Welcomes New Members to the ‘Start of Season Blitz’ at Camana Bay

David O'ConnellComment

On Saturday February 11th, the Cayman Islands Kids Gaelic Football Club will host a ‘Start of Season Blitz’ at Camana Bay. This event will encompass training skill sets for each age group and culminate in a round robin of games on the outdoor football pitch. All children between the ages of 5 and 18 years old are welcome; the training is open to all children who have not played before and to those who attended the inaugural games last year. Registration is at 9.30am, with the training running until 11.30am. This event is free of charge to all.

Click here to register now

The training will start with a basic warm up for all players, followed by a quick fun game to get everyone familiar with catching and throwing the Gaelic Football. The coaching will then move on to learning a couple of specific techniques used in Gaelic Football, followed by a chance to practice these new skills in drills. To further develop these practices, a short, fun-orientated games for each age group will take place to challenge the players to incorporate their new skill into the team play environment. Finally, a competitive game will close the session, with the training finishing at 11.30am.

With a growing interest in Gaelic Football across the school ages, in May 2016 the Cayman Islands Kids Gaelic Football Club Committee was established to introduce and develop Gaelic Football within the child and youth community across the Cayman Islands.

Over the summer months, a number of coaching sessions took place, followed by challenge matches and involvement in local summer camps. This started with two training practices for children of Senior Cayman Islands Gaelic Football Club members in May and June, with 35 children in attendance. The skills learned were put to the test with the challenge fixtures for U9s and U14s on the Senior Club Finals Day in June. Over the school holidays the Committee further provided six Gaelic football coaching sessions at two summer camps at Camana Bay Multi Sports Camp in July, where over 150 children participated and the YMCA Summer Camp in August, where over 90 children participated.

To build the knowledge to develop Gaelic Football skills amongst children across Cayman, the Club was extremely fortunate to secure the services of Mr. Colm Egan, full-time games development officer from the North American Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), to deliver the GAA Certified Foundation Level Coaching course in October.

The course provided parents, players, teachers, volunteers and sports coaches with the competences required to introduce Gaelic Football skills to all ages, and included two days of theoretical class room based and practical on-pitch modules. Colm has delivered this course in clubs across North America to great success, and we are now proud to say that we have 25 GAA certified coaches within our Club.

Total attendance for the 2016 Kids Gaelic Club events has reached over 300 participants, and the Committee aims to move forward over the coming year with this same presence, enthusiasm and energy and to continue to bring Gaelic Football to the wider kids community within Cayman.

With all of the new coaches ready to go, the Committee welcomes everyone to attend this free of charge event on February 11th 2017 at Camana Bay from 9.30am to 11.30am. If you are interested in registering your child please click here to register. If you need any further information please contact the GAA Kids Club Committee at kids@caymangaelic.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please note: Parents are asked that children come with the following:

  • trainers or football boots. No flip-flops

  • water

  • hat

  • sunscreen

Children participating MUST be accompanied by an adult.  This will be strictly enforced on the day.

If you are interested in registering your child for the training, please fill out the registration form in full before 6pm Friday 10th February.  There will be no registrations accepted on the day.