Paudie Crowley is keeping West Cork's young players busy during lockdown

Paudie Crowley is keeping West Cork's young players busy during lockdown
O'Donovan Rossa footballer Paudie Crowley and Ballincollig's Patrick Kelly. Picture: Denis Boyle

CARBERY GAA Games Promotion Officer Paudie Crowley and his coaching colleagues have been coming up with novel ways of ensuring players are upskilling in both codes during these uncertain times.

Paudie, along with a host of well-known GAA players throughout the Carbery division, have been posting videos of themselves undertaking various football and hurling skills challenges which they want young players to replicate at home.

Paudie has been delighted with the response from players and clubs so far.

“The Carbery Board are very forward-thinking. We decided to set up the Carbery GAA Coaching and Games Twitter feed. We are putting out daily hurling and football videos.

“We’ve had a good response so far. Parents and clubs are delighted we are helping the players on a daily basis,” revealed the GAA coach.

It is vitally important that all young people get regular exercise to maintain fitness levels, while the challenges will enable them to enhance their skill levels revealed Paudie.

“We’d encourage all our young players to keep practising as much as possible because at some stage things will get better and we’ll be back out on the green fields again playing matches and training.

“This is a very good opportunity for all young players to keep training and get regular exercise.

“I would encourage all our young players to get out and improve on something that they might find difficult at present.

“They should keep aiming to become the best possible player they can.”

Carbery GAA coaches have been able to call upon the services of a number of club players and inter-county players such as Luke Meade and Damien Gore.

Paudie is grateful to all the players for their assistance.

“All the players were very quick to help. We are looking to encourage young children from Carbery clubs who would like to play one day for Cork.

“We are very fortunate to have so many role models from the Carbery division representing their county and clubs with such pride.

“It gives every young child the belief that someday it could be them.”

The O’Donovan Rossa footballer is also looking forward to playing sport once again in the near future. I’m missing my routine of heading out to my schools and interacting with the children from different areas.

“I continue to check in with the teachers regarding the promotion of the GAA 5-star within the primary schools.”

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