Bórd na n-Óg

chairperson : Tommy Landers, e mail landersads@gmail.com  0872516048
secretary: John Hadnett johnhadnett11@eircom.net  0873606799
PRO: Michael Browne  0868119945
Child Welfare Officer Sinead Carr sineadelizcarr@gmail.com  0877998889
Managers for 2015
U16 John McCormack 
U14A John Ryan, U14B Kieran Slattery
U12A      U12B

child protection welfare policy document click here

chairperson : Tommy Landers, e mail landersads@gmail.com  phone 0872516048
secretary: John Hadnett johnhadnett11@eircom.net  0873606799
Child Welfare Officer Sinead Carr sineadelizcarr@gmail.com  0877998889

Managers for 2014
U16 John McCormack 
U14A Leo Carr , U14B  Sean Breen
U12A Willie Ryan(B) U12B,Kieran Slattery
U10 Davy Horgan
U8 mentors Darren Astwood 0876401463 Larry o Dwyer 0876486983 Marie Farrell
U6 Taghe o Driscoll /Aiden Heney 
Parent information and registration night next sat jan 25th in clubhouse at least one parent/guardian please attend its important for your child you know what is happening . Managers of all teams will attend and answer any questions you may have also Sinead Carr will talk about our child protection policy. Registration between 8.30 and 9.00 information night 9.00 tee/coffee will be available Membership for 2014 10euro per child 25 euro per adult or family membership 60 euro covers all .Tommy Landers Chairman
The weather last Saturday unfortunately forced the cancellation of the U/8 blitz in Littleton . However, our end of year presentation to the entire panel took place in Knockavilla hall.
It was great to see all the players and their parents present. Speaking before the presentation, Chairman Seamus Furlong thanked Conor Carroll and Kieran Slattery for all their work with the panel throughout the year. Also, the huge support from all the parents was acknowledged and appreciated. Each of the 30 panelists received their own trophy to mark their involvement with Kickhams U/8 2011.
U12B Shield Winners
Camp Kickham took place in Kickham Park Dundrum from Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th August.
 2011 Camp kids & helpers
U8`s continue training Saturday mornings at 11.00 2euro .
U14 `s Hurling training on Wednesday and Friday 6.30 all to bring E2 on Fridays.
U16`s are on a break as exams are taking place, best of luck to all studing hard.
U14 Football West Champions
Final Kickhams 3.04Sean Treacy's 2.03
U12B Football Shield final Kickhams 2.02 Solohead 0.02
Congratulations to Kickhams U12 B team on winning the West Shield Final against Solohead. Great display by all showing skill and courage under pressure.
Our U14 team won the West Semi-Final on Monday evening against Cappawhite 2-06 to 2-02 and went on to win the West Championship Final on Wednesday evening against a strong Sean Treacys team on a score line of 3 - 04 to 2 - 03. What a fantastic match to watch. They now take on the winners of the South on Saturday 4th. Best of luck boys 
U14 Football league Final 
Kickhams 1.02 Lattin 1.04 

Our U/8s, U/10s/ and  U/12s all  train on Saturday mornings in field at 11.00am.
The U/14  and U/16 panels  train  in the field on Friday evenings @ 6.30pm .All juveniles to bring 2 euro please.

U/10 Football
Our U/10s were away in Killenaule on Saturday morning last for blitz.

U/12 Football.
In last weeks series of games Our U12 A team  lost narrowly to Eire Og,our B's lost to Sologhead. Our C team  had a good win over
The A's play Clonoulty Rossmore on Wed the 13th in Dundrum. The B's have a bye this week .Check West Bord Na N’óg
fixtures list for  further info.

U/14 Football
The U14s were  beaten last week  by a strong Arravale Rovers team in Peil na  nOg.

U/16 Football.
Our  U/16s have two wins under their belt beating Emly/Treacys 2-9 to 1-3 and Rockwell 3-11 to 1-6, they have a bye this week.

Changes to U-12 Competitions

'Under-12 and Younger Age Groups
Games in Under 12 and Younger Age Groups shall be organized on the “Go Games” model with teams being a maximum of 11-a-side and structured to ensure that all participants get to play in the full game.

At Under-12 level, Competitions may also be organized on a mini-league format on the basis that the teams are a maximum of 11-a-side and that provision is made for all members of the team panel to participate in the game.'

Essentially the motion means games for all age groups up to and including under-11 must be organised exclusively on the Go Games model.

The Go Games Model is defined by the following criteria:

  • There is full participation for all players
  • Games are organised in a non competitive way i.e. results are not recorded
  • Games are small-sided
  • Playing rules are modified to suit the developmental stages of the children
  • Playing area is modified
  • Playing equipment is modified

NB: Modifications and playing rules are at the discretion of each county.

At Under-12 level Mini-League Competitions are organised to provide and support a gradual exposure to the challenges of competitively organised games programmes.

These mini-league competitions can be introduced in parallel to Go Games. The mini-league system is a competitive games programme built on the philosophy of Go Games, that is, a) it is small-sided, and b) provision must be made for all players to get meaningful playing time.

The policy will become rule in 2011 whereby all Under 12 games must follow this format.

What is the philosophy of Go Games?

The underlying philosophy where Go Games are concerned is one of full participation and fair play where each player gets to play the entire game (no subs where practical) and plays in a number of different playing positions during the course of each game. The games are small sided and the emphasis is on participation rather than the result. Go Games are not only about Fair Play in the sense that all participants should get the opportunity to participate fully in the games. They also revolve around the core values enshrined in the GAA Respect Initiative.

What are the advantages of Go Games?

There are a numerous advantages to this approach but the most obvious are:

  • Games are small-sided and all participants get to play for the entire game
  • Games are played in a fun environment with emphasis on improving skills
  • Children are not subject to the win at all costs approach

Is there any research to support this approach?

Research conducted at DCU, under the guidance of Prof Niall Moyna and Dublin football coach Mickey Whelan was crucial in the development of the Go Games. By tracking the same 7 players in a 15 a-side and 7-a-side game (each of 30 minute duration) the data indicated the following benefits of the small sided game;

  • Players worked harder therefore increasing fitness levels
  • Players had more contact with the ball leading to increased opportunities to score, make decisions, develop skills
  • The children also reported a greater level of enjoyment and had higher levels of perceived competence (self esteem)

Go Games are also in line with the Primary School PE curriculum and have recently been endorsed by Cumann na mBunscol at their national AGM. The approach is further endorsed by outgoing INTO president, Máire ní Chuinneagáin; “I fully indorse the sport for all approach adopted by the GAA and Cumann na mBunscol. The maximum participation of all children in sporting activities is at the heart of the primary school curriculum. Participation must never be sacrificed for competition, the success of the few must not be promoted over the opportunity for all children to take part, enjoy and develop to the best of their ability.”

How will existing competitions at Under 12 be affected by this rule ?

Many counties have already adopted a successful child centred approach but some counties may need to re-format competitions slightly. Mini leagues will be organised which act as an introduction to competition. These leagues would be small sided and would ensure that there is provision for participation for all players. Where possible clubs would field multiple teams to facilitate all players playing to avoid children sitting on sidelines. It is important for clubs to be aware that all competitions or tournaments must be sanctioned by county board for insurance purposes.

What is the aim of this policy?

The ultimate aim is to ensure a quality introduction to Gaelic games for all children and to build a mass of players to progress and continue to play with their club. The provision of formal competition for children is a relatively recent development. However, with the passage of time, these competitions have in some cases become more serious and naturally when this occurs a culture of ‘keep the best and neglect the rest’ develops. While those in charge may be well intentioned, there is no justification for placing adult-type demands on young children e.g. where winning is the over-riding concern, where they play in 15-a-side games, on over sized pitches, and have minimal involvement in the game.

This has led to a situation where many players who - for a variety of reasons – mature at a slower rate finish up dropping out of Gaelic games due to a lack of confidence in their own ability, a lack of playing time, a lack of fun and the absence of any real sense of achievement.

In recent years, there has been a greater appreciation and increased recognition of the need to ensure that a child-centred approach is adopted where the promotion and development of Gaelic games is concerned. In other words, it should be a case of children first, winning second. This in no way rules out competition, but contextualises it, firstly through Go Games as the intrinsic motivation inherent to sport and secondly through mini-league competitions within a framework which ensures that all children get a fair opportunity to participate and provides greater opportunity for skill development and enjoyment.

2010 U-14B Football winners