Sun Sets on Summer Camp 2012

St Canice’s Summer Camp drew to a close under strong sunshine in O’Cahan Park today.  Over 270 kids between the ages of 4 and 12 took part this year in the biggest camp so far – all but one seemed to come through the week relatively unscathed…..poor Sean Kelly broke his wrist yesterday after a brave hand-block…..get well soon Sean.

The aim of the Summer Camp is to:

  1. Encourage our children and young people to participate in Gaelic Football.  For those who regularly attend our normal coaching sessions during the year our hope is that this week will help them develop their skills and become better players.  For those who aren’t already part of our underage teams we see this week as an opportunity to showcase what the GAA, and in particular St Canice’s, have to offer and to hopefully encourage them to get more involved in the future.
  2. To promote St Canice’s GAC as a central focal point within our community – St Canice’s, like the GAA in general, belongs to the people and the community – there are so many people around Dungiven who are doing so much at all levels within the club to make St Canice’s an open environment where all families can feel welcome.

Through the Summer Camp, and indeed through all activities throughout the year, we want the children to associate many of the positive experiences of their younger lives with St Canice’s and with the GAA.  Based on the number of kids who have attended this week, and the number of laughs heard, it would appear that our efforts are proving to be successful.

As the pitch falls silent now after a week packed with fun and laughter, all that remains are the obligatory thank yous:

First, and most importantly, thanks to all the kids who attended in such large numbers throughout the week – your willingness to participate fully in all the drills and matches helps make the Camp the success that it is.

Special thanks must go to:

  • St Canice’s GAC Committee for the use of O’Cahan Park and all the facilities, and for their complete support of our efforts with regards to running the Summer Camp every year.
  • Limavady Council for their consistent support and sponsorship of our Camp.
  • Derry County Board for the provision of such super coaches – Shauna McCallion, Richard Ferris, Ashleen McCaul & Anthony Begley.
  • St Canice’s Primary School (in particular Margaret Owens) for helping with the provision of equipment for the week.
  • The Underage Managers, who take holidays and give up so much of their time for the Summer Camp and right throughout the year – U6 (Paschal & Ronan), U8 (Bronagh & Tommy), U10 (Brian) & U14 (Francis).
  • All the younger members of our club who have given so much time this week – they embody what the GAA is all about – thanks to Sean Owens, Frank Dillon, Conan McReynolds, Ciaran Steele, Ciaran Mackle, Shea McKeever, Ruari McGonigle, James Higgins.  Even our U14 players are getting in on the act….too many to name – thanks lads.
  • Ladies Football Club – for bringing some proper organisation skills to this week –  thanks.
  • Parents – thanks to so many of you for staying and getting involved in all the activities this week.

If we have left anyone out we’re sorry.  See you all next year………..

Francis Dillon  & Tony Connolly

Youth Officers