All-Inclusive the name of the game in Munster!

Last week Munster Ladies hosted their first ever Player Development Forum, aimed at addressing areas such as the key objectives of the programme and also the introduction of a planning phase for the programme.

The Munster counties have been among the leaders in the area of Player Development (Development Squads) in recent years and following the very successful forum this trend is likely to continue.  The term Player Development has evolved from the emphasis for this programme being on the development of the player regardless of ability and not on an elite squad.

Munster Ladies were honoured to welcome Sean Kilgannon and Porick Murray who were the 2011 Sligo Under 13 and Under 15 Development Squad coordinators. They delivered an inspirational case study on how Sligo Ladies implemented the Development Squad Programme in 2011. Their enthusiasm, professionalism and attention to detail certainly gave all in attendance some food for thought. The story of how Sligo achieved numbers in excess of 150 between their Under 13 and Under 15 programme and the subsequent benefits to the players and clubs in the county set a perfect platform for the remainder of the event last Thursday.

Over the course of the evening all counties in attendance worked together to develop the mission statement or objectives of the Munster Player Development Programme for the coming year. In addition a generic pre-programme planning document was agreed by all for use by the counties.

The principle theme reverberating from the whole event was the notion that this programme has to be all-inclusive; parents, players, clubs, coaches, county board and facilities in order for it to be a success and this inclusiveness was very evident from the case study presented by the Sligo representatives.

The Munster counties will now move forward with increased vigour to begin planning for under 13, under 15 and under 17 player development programmes in the later part of the year.

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