The Naomh Mearnóg Academy runs on Saturday mornings from September to June (excluding bank holidays) for boys and girls aged 4 to 7 years old and it is the perfect induction for all those budding future stars of Dublin GAA!!
The academy for girls & boys finishes on Dec 9th and resumes Jan 13th 2018.
The Academy Membership Fees is only €70 for one child and €80 for 2 or more children and online registration is available.
Juvenile players who were born during 2010 and who will be moving from the Academy to Under 8 Level on 1 January 2018 are covered until 31 December 2018 by their Nursery membership for the period from 1 September 2017.
The ethos of the Academy
The Academy is, first and foremost, about fun and enjoyment for the children and provides them with an opportunity to make friends and get used to playing and sharing with other children. They will learn the basic motor skills of Gaelic games and will participate in small sided matches.
The Academy is managed by David Sweeney, our Club Coach who is a familiar face to those who attend the local schools as he coaches in all of the local primary schools during the week. Paddy is ably assisted by a team of parents who volunteer and help to run and co-ordinate the drills and the matches!
There is also a coffee shop which runs in the clubhouse on Saturday mornings where children and parents get to unwind and relax and meet other families after their activities!! It is the place to be for a family on a Saturday morning in Portmarnock!
Aims of the Academy
Approximate age: 4-6 years
Should be about fun and participation with key emphasis on physical literacy and core movement skills with the ball. Learning to use the ball well.
- Children of this age are self centred and co-operation is largely absent.
- At this age many think the ball is there own ‘toy, so they will try run with the ball and score rather than pass.
- They will respond to partner work and skills practice for a short time. This helps introduce them to team work and co operation .
-These children will only watch the ball.They cannot and will not look for space to run into.
- They usually enjoy being asked questions and this should give the coach opportunities to check for understanding.
- When there team is not in possession they find it difficult to defend there goal. To them they are merely chasing a ball.
- They respond best to target games and races. (Hitting, Throwing & Running).
Correct Hurley Size
- Ready ,Lock,Lift Positions.
- Pick up ( Catching Hand,one hand)
SENDING & RECEIVING
- One hand dribble
- Two hand dribble
- Ground Strike Tyre / Ball
- Ground Stop
- Run and strike stationery ground ball.
- Two hand bounce and catch
- One handed bounce
- Body catch
- Pick up stationery and moving
- Ground kick
- Punt Kick(two hands )
- Knee tap solo
ABC & RJTs
For example: Chasing games, Dodging,Shadow Running
For example:Animal Walking,
Hop I and out of hoops.
Co-Ordination Skipping , Bean bag toss,Pass through the ladder
For Example:Marching ,
For example : Takeoff & landing, Jump Jacks
For example : Target roll
The simplest form of a game which challenges players to use the techniques previously learnt is to aim into or at a target. Players have lots of
Time to perform the task without any distraction from other players. There is a low level of decision making.
For example: Skittles, Through the gate, Tower ball.
Court games require players top pass the ball over an obstacle like a net or zone to a receiver. The Level of decision making has increased but is
For example: Over the river, hurling tennis
Part – Invasion
These players require a player to complete a task with limited or direct opposition.
For example: Getting through the traffic, 4V4 ( 2 zones) no
goalie,Up north down south
Approximate age: Age 7-9 years.
Major skills learning phase where all the basic skills in football and Hurling are learned.