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GAA Academy Programme Launched

The “Thurles Fresh Milk” Academy programme for 2014 was formally launched in the Dome Semple Stadium recently.

The “Thurles Fresh Milk” Academy programme for 2014 was formally launched in the Dome Semple Stadium recently.

Through the kind sponsorship of Thurles Fresh Milk, Tipperary Gaa is again putting in place a development programme for their County Underage Squads.

Players and their parents were invited to attend too hear details of the programme for 2014. In attendance were County Board Officers Sean Nugent and Tim Floyd.

In his opening remarks County Chairman Sean Nugent reaffirmed Tipperary’s commitment to developing the” up and coming” young players in the county. Putting a progressive and professional structure in place is central to this. He complimented and thanked both the players and their parents for turning out in such big numbers on the day. He also expressed his gratitude to the clubs and schools of the county for producing players of the highest calibre. He thanked management teams and coaches for giving their time and expertise to the academy. He expressed gratitude to Thurles Fresh Milk for their kind sponsorship, saying, without the support of Thurles Fresh Milk and sponsorship in general Tipperary County Board would find it very difficult to continue with some of the plans and projects currently engaged in. He encouraged all the players to avail wholeheartedly of the opportunity being afforded to them and wished them well in their future careers.

John Martin, representing Thurles Fresh Milk, spoke of the “perfect fit” that is Thurles Fresh Milk and Tipperary Gaa. Both organisations are in the community and from the community. Both are espousing a healthy and active lifestyle for children and adults alike. In amusing remarks he referred to the similarity of “All Ireland” winning counties and the sale and supply of milk in those counties. Such counties continued John, as Kerry, Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary are leading the honours list in the sale of milk just as they are in the winning of All Ireland’s. John wished all concerned with the programme the best of luck for 2014.

There were two keynote speakers on the day. Firstly Dr Liam Hennessy made a presentation on the importance of proper and professionally run fitness and conditioning programmes for young athletes.

Liam is director of Setanta College, the online forum for achieving qualification in the area of Physical Conditioning. Setanta also run a Ba Honours Course in LIT Tipperary Thurles Campus. In his presentation Liam allayed any fears parents might have had on the whole area of strength and conditioning. He outlined the activities to be undertaken and how the progression of these activities would occur.

Eamon o’ Shea Tipperary Senior Hurling Manager also addressed the audience. In an energy filled presentation he encouraged the boys to “follow their dream” and play for Tipperary. He encouraged them to do so with a “smile on their face and enjoyment in their hearts”. He also stressed the importance of a healthy and balance lifestyle.

The Thurles Fresh Milk Academy Programme will continue in The Dome, Semple Stadium on Saturday mornings commencing at 9.30 until 1pm. Interested club coaches or managers are invited to come along and observe activities.

The Tipperary Star wishes all those players in the development squads and their mentors all the best for the 2014 programme.

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