Sunday May 14th will saw the first of the new U8 Regional Blitz days take place. Four blitz venues around Wexford will host over seven hundred U8 children playing hurling.
Six of these style blitz days are scheduled for the coming months giving children the opportunity to play in three hurling and three football events provided by Wexford GAA.
In between these blitz days, clubs are encouraged to arrange other games to further develop the skills of the game.
This new format is part of a restructuring of fixtures for U8 – U11’s in Wexford GAA that links with our “Shed Blitz” and our “Play & Stay Days”.
Participation and skill development are at the corner stones of this new structure and are fundamental to these new plans. We see games opportunities as the key to ensuring these fundamentals are met.
All games will be played under the “Go Games” ethos which are outlined below.
Under this Go Games format;
- Every child gets a go.
- Activities are structured in a manner which optimises the level of fun, friendship, fair play and achievement derived by participants.
- Participants play in a safe, supportive and stimulating environment where they are encouraged to risk error, to learn and to derive maximum enjoyment from their involvement.
- Players master the basic skills of Hurling and Gaelic Football and experience the sense of accomplishment, which derives from acquiring playing proficiency on the left and right hand side of the body.
- Everybody involved in Go Games, whether as players, parents/guardians, spectators, mentors, teachers, officials etc., are exposed to the key underpinning principles and give expression to the GAA ‘Give Respect, Get Respect’ initiative.
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