2014 Girls and Boys are in the RED Group
2015 Girls and Boys are in the GREEN Group
2016 Girls and Boys are in the YELLOW Group

Each year has a WhatsApp group to keep everyone in the loop. If you've got a child who'd like to join in the fun, just email and we'll get you added. As a general rule, the Academy is on Saturday mornings at Ballymastone ~11h00.


All leads can be contacted via the club PRO (Orlaith Read)

For those in the Yellows, we focus the time on fun and enjoyment.  We mainly do target games and races, throwing and running.

For the Greens, we step up a little bit out of the fun and games, moving into the basic skills of Gaelic Football, namely catching, bouncing the ball, and hand passing.

The Reds are practicing hand passing, kicking, steps, soloing and other skills as they progress.  They play Juvenile Blitzes and enjoy togging out for the Club.

All our coaches are Garda Vetted.

The club’s Games Promotion Officer is Naoise Waldron who is in attendance each week.  His role here is to oversee activities being carried out and to help develop both coaches and the children.

It’s very important that kids enjoy themselves - both girls and boys.  We take in children no matter how advanced and even beginners, the doors at St Pats are always open.

We're always looking for more parents to get involved so please don't be shy!  You don't need to have an in-depth knowledge of the game, just an eagerness to get stuck in. From experience, coaching is more enjoyable than standing on the side-lines.

All coaches are given a free foundation training courses and as the children progress, the coaches are given additional training.

The most important section of our club is the juvenile section and it is vital that we as coaches ensure there is an accepted coaching policy in all codes. This is the grass roots of the club and the future of the club. We at St Pats juvenile academy are laying the foundations for St Pats to become more successful at all other levels. This coaching methodology provides the guidelines to help coaches make progress with their teams and is kept to the forefront of all training sessions.


All  mentors  are  qualified  at  foundation  level  and  are  committed  to implementing the 'Code of Best Practice for Youth  Sport'  guidelines  for their team. Particular attention must be paid to ingraining the highest levels of discipline in players, mentors and parents/supporters alike. Any abuse of players, mentors or officials will not be tolerated and will be promptly dealt with by the club disciplinary committee. Mentors attend workshops and coaching courses provided by the G.P.O. and to implement any new coaching methods to their training. Most will then progress to a Level 1.

Ball time

If children are to improve their football/hurling game, they need as much practice on the ball as is possible.  The more ball/sliotar contacts they get in training, the more improvement there will be in their handling and overall skills. It is recommended that for each player to improve their skill level, with as many ball contacts per session as possible. To achieve this figure, you need a minimum of one ball per two children.

Structure of a session

Children love playing games. They will not continue to improve if they come to training and the ball is just thrown in for a match. It is beneficial to allow the children a few minutes of each session for creative practice, where they are encouraged to practice a particular skill. Modified games, such as scoring or possession games, are the best way of improving a players’ performance.

The basic structures of a session are:

  • Warm-up Skill drills
  • Modified/conditioned games
  • Fun games

The importance of children having fun at training cannot be overstated. Children get bored very quickly if not having fun and they will be far more likely to come back to training if they are having fun. All training sessions are and should be fun and one of the easiest ways to have fun is with the warm-up game. Fun games are a perfect way to start a  training  session  and  should  involve  as  much  running  and  jumping  with  change  of direction and pace as possible.

Fun games such as tag-ball, Monkey tails, stuck in the mud, are also beneficial. They are all about fun so the children love them, plus the movements involved in these games mimic exactly the movements involved in match situations.  There is no fitness training  for juveniles.

We are always actively looking to increase the number of juvenile members involved in our club. We encourage children of all ages to come along, with the prospects of making new friends, being part of a club and learning the skills of a new game. Obviously a lot of these  children  won’t  have  the  basic  skills  and  it  is  our  responsibility  as  coaches  to encourage these children and work to help them to develop these skills.

We reset our targets and goals for sessions/season. For example, it is our goal to ensure that all of our players can kick a ball accurately over 10 metres with both feet. Our aim must and always be realistic, there is no point in expecting the children to be able to kick with both feet first time. Both left and right side are developed in every session. Every young player is constantly encouraged to use their left and right hand/foot in football and be able to strike off their left side as much as their right side and vice versa.

For further information why not talk to the Leads involved or email