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GAA: Camogie's small step

By John Campbell

Camogie is about to enjoy another boost in Omagh.

And other sports, too, are about to embrace new recruits, it would seem.

The Ulster Camogie Council in conjunction with Omagh Council has just hosted a successful under-age coaching forum under the 'One Small Step' banner.

It was in Omagh Leisure Complex that some 30 children between the ages of 8-11 availed professional coaching expertise.

Rugby, hockey and gaelic football were also on the menu and the fact that camogie is now being given equal status with other sports is viewed as extremely encouraging.

Ulster development officer Kevin Kelly is at the centre of the drive to promote camogie and has organised a series of coaching sessions and tournaments designed to bring the game forward.

Some, indeed, have been completed and have provided the catalyst for further progress.

The Omagh initiative marks another milestone in the ongoing campaign to bring camogie to a wider section of the schools population.

"We have a Blitz next month in the third level sector and it's very encouraging to see the enthusiasm the young players and older students are showing," said Kevin.

"Obviously the facilities for camogie now are better than they were and I would have to say that the Ulster Camogie Council is prepared to push the boat out in terms of giving everyone their chance to make headway in the sport."

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