Gorma Óg Beanntraí – 2013 AGM (10 Jan 2014) – Chairperson Report

Welcome & Thank you very much for attending our AGM.

We have had a very busy year on & off the pitch as usual. Most of the activity ON the pitch has already been reported so I will quickly go through our long list of OFF the pitch activity.  Apologies for the length of the report but there are many activities that I want to highlight and to say thank you to people for their time and effort.

Before I start I would like to thank our Sponsors for their support again this year:

Underage: u6 -12 Murray Brothers Painters/Decorators

u13- minor:  Biggs / Supervalue

Adult football:        Maritime & Credit union

Hurling: Boston bar

Ladies: The Quays & Bantry Bath & Tile  

Without our sponsors we could not function as a club.

6th Feb                Meeting with James McCarthy to discuss our development plan 2013

        We’re grateful to James for the help he gave through-out the year:

        Club Coaching sessions:

21st Feb        Code of ethics course

9th May                Coaching for coaches – U16 & minors

23rd May        Coaching for coaches – U7 & U8s

Coaching in Primary schools

15th Mar        James & Ivan organised a blitz held for 2nd & 3rd classes from local primary schools

Coaching in Colaiste Phobhail Breanntrai:

26th Mar        Meeting with all teachers & representatives from local clubs

June                James organised 1st / 2nd blitz in the school

Sept-Dec        James was helping with coaching u19’s & sometimes u16’s

Hopefully James will continue to support our club coaching activity & also coaching in our primary & secondary schools.

11th Mar        Basketball training for u11 & u12

This training was organised by Ian McLoughlin & Cork’s sports partnership and it’s purpose was to develop players ball handling & skill level in basketball which would also improve player’s football skills. The plan was that this indoor activity would happen early in the year but unfortunately the sessions took some time to arrange with Ian & our outdoor season was getting under way so attendance at some sessions was poor.  Thank you to the u11 & u12 coaches for support this pilot scheme & hopefully we can do more in the future with basketball as there are definite benefits to playing basketball during the winter months.

22nd Mar        First News Letter sent out & it continued each month until July

The purpose of the newsletter was to let people know what was happening at underage level.  While emailing out a newsletter on a monthly basis was a step in the right direction to improve our communications, there are probably better ways to get info out there in a more timely manner, perhaps facebook or website.  On the subject of getting info out there, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Cathal Lavin for the great work he has done as PRO over the last few years, especially with weekly submissions to the Star.  Due to work commitments Cathal will be unable to take on the role of PRO & also will be unable to help out with the various hurling teams.  These are two large voids where we will have to encourage some new people to help out.

5th Apr                Medal presentation for 2012

Unfortunately our medal presentation event was very late in the year as it was difficult to get a suitable date with Graham & the hotel.  We did have another enjoyable evening with a great attendance. We are planning our 2013 event to take place at the end of Jan / start of Feb.        

School's coaching program

Well done & thank you to Ivan Kingston & Johnny O’Shea for coaching in the locals primary schools. It is vital that we continue this program and be making continuous improvements that link in to our coaching programs in the club.  For example, Ivan this season is concentrating on kicking with both legs and working with Mark O’Donovan on implementing U-Can awards which will encourage players to practise & improve their skills.

26th May        Fun day & sponsored cycle/walk

Thank you to everyone that helped out again with the Funday & sponsored walk/cycle.  It’s a pity that the numbers were down as the people organising it still put in the same amount of great effort getting ready for the day.  There will probably be discussions in the coming months on the event for this year.

U8 & U10 monster Football & Hurling blitzes - one of the successes of 2013

In May the first of the monster blitzes got underway & kept going each month up until October.  If you have not attended one of these events, make sure you attend in the coming year as it will just fill you with joy to see so many young players enjoying our games.  It’s a great system as each player get to play 3 matches with no hanging around & it’s all over just after 12 so that parents, players & coaches are home again by lunchtime so they can then head off to the beach for the afternoon.   Thank you to the people that helped with organising blitzes held here in Bantry with up to an unbelievable 170 players playing at the same time. The great news is that there’s going to be even more blitzes in 2014!

8th July        Cul Camp

Well done & thank you to Terry O’Neill & Eddie Wiseman and all their helpers & coaches for their time & effort in hosting a successful Cul Camp with 125 players.

Aug & Sept        Busy with league & championship matches at all age levels

11th Dec                Adult Club AGM

At the Adult Club AGM held in December, I took the opportunity to report on the positive highlights for 2013, areas for improvement & plans for 2014.  I have gone into more detail tonight through-out my report on our positive activities & I’ll latter briefly talk about 2014, but now I would like to take a moment to talk about areas for improvement.

Hopefully the older hurling players in the club can give back some time to the club so that we can keep our hurling tradition going before it starts to suffer big time.

I would like to wish our Club Chairperson Flor Murphy & all the committee members all the best for 2014 & thank them for their continued support of the Juvenile club.  Hopefully the plans for the astra turf complex will continue to make progress so that our players will be able to make use of a fine modern facility [plans of which are on the notice board].

16th Dec        Lee Flag submission sent to Cork GAA Games Development

This year the Lee Flag Programme was re-launched again, the aim of which is to promote best practice in coaching and games development at club level. There are 15 targets from having a coaching officer to training young referees. Your club can be in Gold, Silver or Bronze category depending on how many of the targets you can meet.  We are in the gold category, but did not fully implement all of the 15 targets.  The area which needs most improvement is on hosting an Easter or Halloween camp, so that something for 2014.  Another improvement planned for 2014 is Coaching for coaches: Denis Cotter has arranged for a number of well know GAA coaches to give coaching session for coaches.  This will help to ensure that all coaches are coaching all teams in a consistent way as players move up through the ranks.

Other general important information:

A summary of our on the pitch activity:

So well done to the players that played so well in all the matches and that showed great character & determination in the final to come from behind & win easy in the end.  Thank you & well done to Arthur, Gerard, tony, Tommy, Brian & anyone else that helped out with the team during the long year. While we always talk about producing players with good skill levels, it’s just as important that we have players with good attitude & discipline and that sometimes can be the difference for winning matches.  To get to the final last year & to win this year shows that we must be doing something right over the last 8 years since those u16 lads started off in the u7 & u8 ranks, so that is encouragement for all of us to keep helping out with our club activities in whatever way we can.

I will finish by saying my final thank you to everyone that helped me during the year with my role as Chairperson.  Thank you again this year to my wife Majella and Robyn & Dara for putting up with the time I spent doing my GAA job.  It was a busy year and hopefully overall the club is moving in the right direction to ensure that everyone can enjoy & be proud to be a member of Bantry Blues.  While I have only completed 2 years as chairperson I would like to break the 3 year tradition & not take on the role in 2014.  I am available & willing to be vice Chairperson so that I will be able to help a new Chairperson and other officers with the various activities of the club.

Thank you.

Discussion items for later in the meeting: