FOLLOWING a lengthy break from activity on the pitch, Glasgow Gaels youth section have finally been able to return to action.
Underage training recommenced in mid-July after Covid-19 restrictions had brought a halt to proceedings back in March and the eagerness of the young players on their return demonstrated just how much football was missed over the past number of months—a sentiment that was felt by all members of the club.
While the ‘Return to Play’ roadmap from GAA, LGFA and Scottish Government was being devised, the youngest members of the club were not left idle. Weekly videos tasked them with skills challenges against their coaches and other adult Gaels players, allowing them to keep active and continue to develop their game. The collaboration between the adults and younger Gaels stars helped to strengthen ties between the two sections—an initiative that the club continues to focus on.
“These links allow for easy transition of players through the ranks, something that has borne fruit for us over the past couple of years with several youth players having established themselves as key members of the adult teams,” youth press officer, Shane O’Brien said.
Catering for ages six and up, the Gaels continue to strive for increased participation across all age groups. The youth coaches are always keen to see new faces out to join in the fun at one of the best training facilities in the country. With close ties already established with many schools in the community, the club are hoping to build on those relationships further, helping to bring Gaelic football to even more children in Glasgow.
“Just like the players, the coaches have returned with renewed vigour,” Shane added. “The addition of new coaches has paved the way for fresh ideas and allowed for small group sessions where the focus is on improvement of individual skills. Training sessions are planned with an emphasis on allowing players to learn and improve in a fun, friendly environment.”
Glasgow Gaels Youth training takes place every Wednesday from 6.30-7.30pm at Clydebank Community Sports Hub. Ages 6 – 17. As always, all newcomers are welcome