Photographs: Bert Trowlen
St Joseph’s GAC has celebrated the end of another successful Glenavy Ogs training programme 2018. This year’s nursery group for under fours ran for 22weeks and was based in the Sports Hall in Ballymacrickett Primary School Glenavy. Almost 50 children enrolled on the programme that took place every Monday night 6.30-7.15pm. Organisers were delighted to secure sponsorship from Oaktree Nursery (Shane and Catherine Murphy) for the third year which enabled the nursery group to have their very own training top designed and made.
The Children took great pride in their tops and this gave them a sense of club identity. A clear structure was established for training which covered areas including agility, co-ordination, running, balance and jumping with around four weeks spent on each area. There were assessment nights every 4 weeks, which gave the children a focus on each area, the children received a sticker and a healthy snack on these nights and were told how important healthy eating was as well as training to become a great sports person.
On the final presentation night each child received their certificate and a medal. Terence Doran from the Chip Factory supplied complimentary pizza’s and Chips, which enabled the children to have a little celebration meal after their presentation.
All four coaches enjoyed working with the children, meeting the parents and forming friendships. There is a fantastic community feel around the hall each week. The club is currently looking more parents to get involved as volunteer coaches and has planned a great line up of training over the winter months. If anyone is interested please contact the Club directly (Glenavy GAC)
We as coaches love to see the children progress, watching them grow and develop new skills for the future.
Coaches: Aiveen Kavanagh, Theresa Mulholland, Damien McCabe Sean Dolan