About Club na nÓg

Club na nOg is open to all boys aged 5 to 11 years old. The main priority is fun, whilst teaching the basic skills of both hurling and gaelic football in safe and friendly environment.

Everyone & all abilities welcome as there are no basic skills required to join. It’s a great way for kids to meet their friends outside of school, and make more friends for life from across the community.

Training sessions take place from early March to November in the club grounds every Saturday morning from 11:30am.

All coaches are Garda vetted and have completed Child Welfare courses. Coaching courses have also been completed by all to ensure we give your child the best opportunity to learn fundamental movements and skills while having fun.

Please contact Club na nOg Chairman Michael O’Mahony on (086) 3969224 for further information.
Membership is €70 per child.

Club Na nÓg The Skills Of Hurling
UNDERAGE(5-6 years old) Skills of Hurling

Why do children take part in sport?

There are many reasons that children take part in sport,
but research has shown that children primarily participate to:

Children in Sport

For too long the practice in sport has been to identify and cultivate the talented players and elite teams at younger and younger ages. There is the tendency to nurture the perceived best and neglect the rest. This has contributed to adult training regimes and playing conditions being imposed onto young players. Training and competition is geared to outcome and winning, and not for the process of development.

For coaches of kids, there must be a balance between the need to win games and trophies versus the need to develop players and recognise the importance of fair play – provide full participation within an environment where players are encouraged to achieve their full potential. If you consider the reasons that children participate in sport, and the reasons that we as adults want them to participate in sport, you can see that there is a lot of common ground for coaches to work in

Why should children take part in sport?

It may be obvious that children play to enjoy themselves and have fun, but there are many more reasons why you as a parent or coach should encourage children to participate:

  • Increased confidence – playing sport will provide each participant with confidence, and allow them to develop a real sense of achievement

  • Becoming part of a team -€“ children like to feel as though they are part of a team or group. It also challenges them to work as part of a group and to think of others

  • Improved skills – participating in sport helps children develop a range of skills including balance, coordination and agility

  • Children that participate in sports are less likely to be overweight and suffer health problems

When children do not experience these feelings, they drop out from sport. Some will drop out in favour of other activities where they feel that these needs are being met, while others will simply drop out of sporting activities altogether. It is the role of the coach to create the environment for children to experience these.

How are children different from adults? 

Children are physically developing from early childhood to late adolescence. This means they have different capabilities for exercise and exercise affects them in different ways. For this reason training programs for children should not be just scaled down versions of adult training programs. There are many ways in which children differ from adults:

  • Technical

    Children have limited co-ordination, agility and balance

  • Tactical

    Children have poor positional awareness (we have all seen children playing where all players follow the ball – ‘beehive play’)

  • Team Play

    Children play for themselves 
Children have limited communication skills

  • Physical

    Children have limited strength
Endurance – children have lots of energy but need frequent breaks
Speed – their speed tends to be reactive. There is a window of opportunity to develop speed among children. 
Children have a poor response to heat and cold

  • Psychological

    – Children can lack confidence
    – Children can be emotionally immature – moody/lose self control
    – Children can be very choosy about friends and who they play with
    – Children tend to lose concentration quickly or be easily led by others
    – Children’s decision making ability is poor and slow
    – Children may not know how to react to the different personalities they might face in a group

  • Playing Facts 

    Children need numbers to learn, to benchmark their level against others

All children are individuals

Emphasis should be put on the child’s own progress, and not on comparing their achievements with those of others. This means that where possible individual instruction and challenges should be provided and a broad range of activities should be planned and presented.

Activities should develop to be of an increasingly complex nature and be challenging but ‘doable’. Where possible children of approximately the same skill levels should be grouped together for coaching. Also take care to note which children work well together, as disruptive children can make organising a coaching session very difficult.