WATCH: Workshop on coaching hurling/camogie with children after lockdown
GAA National Hurling Development Manager, Martin Fogarty, hosts a workshop on how to best structure coaching sessions for children after lockdown.
The focus is on the practical elements of coaching children that involve what Fogarty regards as the seven essential skills of hurling.
Sometimes coaches and parents with more of a football than hurling background are intimidated by the thought of coaching hurling, but Fogarty has made it his mission to show its more easily done than some might think.
“It's important we alleviate those sorts of fears and show that if you get a crash-course in hurling and get the youngsters togged out and make little games they'll play away and develop themselves," Fogarty told GAA.ie.
“Years ago in our club a priest, Father Liam Dunne, came down from Wicklow and didn't know the handle of a hurl from the bas of a hurl and made a huge difference in the parish.
“He had no experience in hurling but had plenty of enthusiasm. That's all you need, the rest will happen.
“One of obstacles for hurling is that hurling is hard to play. To get the initial skills takes a lot of work by coaches and by players.
“And until you get the initial skills in any game you don't enjoy it. Whereas if you go out with a football of any description you can kick it and you can pick it. It's not that difficult. But with a hurl it is difficult.
“For us involved with developing and coaching hurling, we need to get over that initial hump. To get people coaching and ensure they're not afraid of the game. Not sell themselves short and say, 'I'm not able to coach this, I don't know how to do it'.
Below you can watch hurling and camogie skills and drills for children devised by Martin Fogarty that you can incorporate with your club or school team.