Castlecomer Discovery Park and Kilkenny GAA Announce Official Partnership to Elevate Underage Development Programs.
Castlecomer Discovery Park and Kilkenny GAA are thrilled to announce a brand-new partnership aimed at furthering the development of Kilkenny’s underage squads from u14 to u20. This collaboration signifies a shared commitment to nurturing the next generation of hurling talent within the county.
Ther partnership brings together the sporting expertise of Kilkenny GAA and the unique facilities and educational opportunities provided by Castlecomer Discovery Park. This alliance was composed to create an enriching environment for young athletes, enabling them to thrive not only on the field but also in their personal pursuits.
Key Highlights of the Partnership
- Tailored Packages to each squad: Each squad will have a program tailored to their age group and ability. Castlecomer Discovery Park has a wide range of activities for all ages, allowing Kilkenny GAA to bring multiple age groups to the facility with their coaches. These packages will have a mix of team building activities and theoretical sessions, enabling the park and Kilkenny GAA to work together in harmony.
- Building Confidence through Team Challenges: This partnership will allow the two entities to come together to create a safe space for younger squads to gain a deeper understanding of what it truly means to be part of a team. Through these programs each squad will work together to further their teamwork skills as well as encouraging and helping each other through different challenges. The importance of having a strong bond within a team is of utmost importance to Kilkenny GAA. Establishing such programs from a young age will help build a young athlete’s and team’s confidence when it comes to playing together on the field.
- Community Engagement: GAA Teams are deeply rooted in their communities. Both organisations are committed to engaging with local communities and fostering a sense of pride and enthusiasm for the Gaelic Games.
Commenting on the partnership, former Kilkenny Senior Hurler and Performance Lead for underage squads, Michael Fennelly said:
“Kilkenny GAA are delighted to partner up with Castlecomer Discovery Park on our team building needs for all our inter-county teams from U20 down. We are very fortunate to have an asset like CDP on our doorstep and will play an important role in preparation of our teams”
He also added the importance and benefits of “Team building, education, environment, building a team spirit” at an underage level.
Jo McCarthy, Operations Manager at Castlecomer Discovery Park added:
“We are thrilled to announce Castlecomer Discovery Park’s partnership with Kilkenny GAA. With shared values of excellence and dedication, this partnership signifies a commitment to nurturing talent, fostering skill development, and promoting a culture of success within Kilkenny GAA. It’s all about creating a supportive environment, sharing our love for the game, and helping these young players reach their full potential. Our collective enthusiasm and passion for the sport will undoubtedly contribute to the bright future of Kilkenny’s rising stars”.
This partnership marks a significant step forward for Kilkenny GAA and Castlecomer Discovery Park in their shared vision of creating a pathway for young athletes to their full potential. The collaboration is set to kick off this month.
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