The GAA National Hurling Development Plan was officially launched today by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana in Croke Park.
“I welcome the National Hurling Development Plan and the comprehensive nature of the proposals. The Hurling Development Committee was set up to review the needs of hurling taking into account the variations in standards across the country. I am now confident that this unique and skilful game will flourish.”
“I wish every success to those who are involved in the implementation of the plan and I look forward to witnessing the positive results” stated the Uachtarán.
The Hurling Development Committee comprising; Liam O’Neill (Chair) Seán Silke, Mary O’Connor, John Fenton, Dr John Mc Sparran, Jimmy D’arcy and Pat Daly (Secretary) were present in Croke Park to launch the plan.
Uachtarán Tofa and Chairman of the Hurling Development Committee, Liam O’Neill, addressed the launch and thanked the Committee. He said “It was a pleasure to work with the Hurling Development Committee and I would personally like to thank all those who took part in the extensive consultative process.
“I believe that there is huge potential to really develop hurling and the real work begins now.”
The main objective of the plan is to develop the skills and standard of hurling across the country.
The key proposals of the plan include:
• The development of the Táin Adult Club Hurling League to provide a meaningful programme of Hurling games on a regular basis for adult club players in 13 developing Hurling Counties.
• The establishment of the National Hurling and Camogie Development Centre in Waterford Institute of Technology Sports Campus.
• Provision of Sports Science supports to 6 Counties – Antrim, Down, Carlow, Laois, Westmeath and Kerry.
• Promotion of the Games Based Approach to Training and Development (Coach10 Model)
• Appointment of hurling mentors as part of a Support team who will collaborate with County Boards and provide guidance to Team Managers and Coaches involved with underage and adult County Teams to maximise participation and optimise performance.
• To undertake a Research Study as part of an overall project to facilitate Change Management in a development context
Joan O’Flynn President of the Camogie Association also welcomed the plan.
She said, “The Camogie Association welcomes this Plan which provides a platform to enable Camogie and Hurling to be promoted and developed together thus capitalising on the strong relationship that exists between the GAA and the Camogie Association. This will benefit all members of the Gaelic games family”.