Over 50 girls from all over Derry attended a Na Magha camogie blitz at St. Mary’s College on Wednesday morning.
Na Magha Hurling and Camogie club has been running a schools Camogie Skills Development programme in conjunction with Ulster Camogie Association and Culture Company to increase participation in the sport. The programme has been delivered over the past six weeks by Ulster Camogie Development Officer, Ross Corbett and members of Na Magha Camogie in four local schools (St Brigid’s, St Mary’s, St Cecilia’s and Thornhill).
Sharon McCullagh, from Na Magha, said the events were proving to be a success amongst young girls and urged for anyone interested to contact the club and come along to training.
“All you have to do is look at the number of girls here today,” said Sharon.
“We have a few girls who are new to the sport of camogie but we have a few girls who have been playing for a few years now. I think you need a blend of new blood and experience to make something like this work.
“All of the girls have been really receptive to all of the coaches. I would also like to thank the Ulster Camogie Association and the Culture Company for all of their help and assistance. The more young girls we have involved in not only camogie but in sport the better.”
The St Mary’s College blitz allowed the girls to put into practice the skills developed through the Camogie Skills Programme.
St Mary’s hosted the event as part of their Seachtain Na Gaelige activities. Ross Corbett congratulated the girls on their effort and enthusiasm and welcomed all participants to take part in a further blitz in six week’s time.
The teaching staff from each of the schools was thanked for their support of the programme and their commitment to promote the sport further.
The girls are eager to meet up again for further challenge matches and were invited to attend training sessions at Na Magha and join the team for the 2013 league campaign.
Camogie training will move outdoors at the end of March to Na Magha Park, located within Ballyarnet Country Park. Training is held on Tuesdays 18.15 - 19.30 and Saturdays 11.30 - 13.00.
Training times and further information can be accessed on the club website http://namagha.com/ or through club notes.