In light of proposals from Croke Park in relation to hurling, one of the counties destined for tier three status if the proposals are accepted, Tyrone have unveiled radical proposals themselves to “ignite the passion” for hurling in the county.
New County Hurling Officer Brendan Harkin has introduced a proposed structure that the County Board hopes will transform Hurling within the county. The proposal to encourage the introduction of up to another 8 Hurling Clubs will now be tabled at the next County Board and CCC meetings and if approved will be introduced as early as April. The idea is a simple one and was rolled out to all the clubs in the county last Week, broke down its clear the proposals could develop hurling in areas where it has never had any foundations.
Eight new regional clubs will be formed with six established clubs feeding into each team, those regonal clubs with players coming together will participate in Seven Training Sessions, Three Games and a County Feile Competition starting as early as April and running to July. The establihed hurling clubs in the county will assist but says Harkin, Tyrones first hurling officer, its all about developing players and perhaps new hurling clubs on a permanant basis. An example of how the programme will work sees the following clubs coming together in “cluster one” Aghyaran,Castlederg Dregish Drumquin Strabane and Urney with the proposal based upon the following points …
- Eight regional teams with six Clubs feeding into a regional team
- Coordinator to be identified for each regional team from within the six Clubs
- Each Club to identify club officer/coach who will assist with team preparation
- Each Club to target 4-6 players 17+ years of age
- Only non-hurlers may participate
- A former County player will be assigned to assist in training and managing the team. All Club representatives will shadow the coach.
- Eight teams divided into two sections, each team plays three games in advance of County Feile competition involving the eight teams.
Proposed Training / Competition Structure
One training session or game per week from the 2nd May to 9th – 10th July
4th April – Meeting of coaching coordinators and team mentors in conjunction with ccc meeting
2nd May – Training Session
9th May – Training Session
16th May – Training Session
23rd May – Training Session
30th May – Round One
6th June- Training Session
13th June – Round Two
20th June – Training Session
27th June – Round Three
4th July – Training Session
9th/10th July – County Feile
Summary of the Proposed Programme
- Seven Training Sessions, Three Games and a County Feile Competition
- Monday nights will be set aside for training / games
- Coaching sessions / games rotated between the six clubs which make up each regional team