Juvenile Fixtures for week commencing 13th May 2014
Monday- U18s Naomh Mairtin V Cooley Kickhams  in Pairc Naomh Mairtin  at 8.15pm
Tuesday -
Friday -
Sunday-19th May – U8 Blitz
Welcome to another season in Naomh Mairtin Gaelic Football Club which caters for over 300 children from ages 4 up to 18 years of age from all the Parish areas of Monasterboice and Tenure. We have 12 age groups catered for starting off with our Nursery Programme designed for 4 to 6 year olds right the way up to our Under 18 (Minor) Team. In some cases,particularly at younger age levels, we have sufficient numbers to have 2 Teams participating in their respective age ranges and the number 1 objective is to give opportunity to all to participate and enjoy the wonderful game of Gaelic Football. Our season starts off each year in March and along with the weekly coaching sessions we also participate in League Games and Blitzs from this time until September, playing matches every 2nd week as the season kicks into action.

If it is your first time to be with us you are especially welcome and we hope your child will enjoy the sport and make new friends. We are holding our  Annual Registration Night on Friday 8th March from 7.30-8.30 pm.The registration fee applicable per child is €30 for the 1st child participating, €20 for the 2nd child participating and 3rd and subsequent children are free.

The GAA have invested a lot in Juvenile sports over the last number of years and they have focused on the improvement of coaching skills and safety for all involved. We recommend that you take a few moments to check their website at or page/go_games.html, where you will find all the detail in relation to the Go Games and coaching for under age football. All routines are designed to be fun and appropriate to the child’s developmental and skill level. We are also further developing our Club / School link programme of coaching
support within the Parish schools and details of this can be viewed on Ogsport Lu portal site of the Louth GAA website.

On the Registration Night or alternatively at weekly coaching sessions / monthly committee meetings, you will also be able to talk to our Coaches/ Committee members not alone about the football season ahead but also about other aspects that are central to our approach to Juvenile Football within Naomh Mairtin C.P.G., such as:

• Club Replica jerseys, tracksuits and rain-jackets, etc.
• 1st Aid / Defibrillator training and availability
• Go Games Programme encompassing principles of 1st Touch, Smart
Touch and Quick Touch games and player development
• Ogsport Lu / Coiste Mionur schedule of Games for each age group
April-September 2010
• Coach and Referee Education programmes
• GAA Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport / Code of Behaviour for all
persons working with young people in Sport
• GAA A.S.A.P. programme (Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention
programme) –
• Naomh Mairtin GFC Club Membership / Lotto Scheme

In order for us to maintain a high standard of practice and safety for all involved, there are a number of matters, in particular, that we wish to bring to your attention:

• We want to ensure that your child will be free from bullying behaviour and will therefore not accept any bullying behaviour of any sort on the pitch.
• We want to ensure that your child continues to be courteous both on and off the pitch and will therefore not allow any fowl language or verbal abuse of another player or of any referee/official.
• In order that your child gets full enjoyment we encourage all parents/guardians to attend on time and for parents/guardians to stay for the full duration if at all possible. If you cannot stay we
ask that you are in good time to collect your child as we cannot be responsible for such large numbers at going home time.

As you will see from looking at the training sessions they are heavily dependent on adult participation. All coaches and mentors are volunteers and parents of the children in the various age groups. We also encourage and welcome anyone willing and interested in getting involved in the wider Club activities to make themselves known and we will endeavour to assist in getting you involved at the appropriate area of interest, whether that be coaching of Teams, 1st Aid, administration,
sponsorship, etc.

Indeed, we especially realise that some parents/guardians may have other skill sets and/or assistance that they may be willing to bring to the Club which would benefit the Club and Community as a whole. If you do have expertise in a certain non-coaching field then please contact us to discuss these matters further.

Also as you may be aware the issue of compulsory gum shields was passed by GAA congress in April 2011.This will make it compulsory for all football players up to and including minors to wear a gum shield in order to participate in GAA training or games. We as a club must comply with this requirement during the course of the season.

2013 Naomh Mairtins Juvenile Club Nursery Programme

This year the club will again welcome all children aged 4 to 6 years of age to join our Nursery. We see the Nursery as and essential component of the Juvenile structure, thus appropriate resources & procedures have now been developed to support the best possible Nursery complimented by the Fun Do  programme. Through structured activities and games, we hope to further develop your Child’s confidence, agility, balance and co-ordination, assist with making of new friendships within their age group with the objective that by season end they will enjoy participating and representing their club in small fun orientated games.