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17 May 2022

Young Derry stars take part in Rookie camp

The event is run annually by the GPA.

Young Derry stars take part in Rookie camp

Drumsurn's Tiarnan McHugh was among those who attended. Pic by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile.

Three Derry players were among over 300 young inter-county players who took part in a recent Gaelic Players' Association (GPA) Rookie Camp.

The event, which was run online, is the first impact series event of BEO360 and one of the most exciting in the GPA calendar.  It is designed to welcome new members to their players association and support their transition as senior inter-county players.

Rachel McAllister, Cathair McGilligan and Tiarnan McHugh from Derry were all logged on.

Over the course of this half-day session players heard from a wide range of speakers such as Dr. Ciara Losty who provided practical tips and tools to protect psychological wellbeing; Jennifer Rogers, GPA Player Development Manager who spoke about the GPA’s BEO360 Programme; and Enda King from The Sports Surgery Clinic who gave an insight and practical advice on the fundamentals of physical wellbeing as a Rookie athlete.

Player speakers on the day included Donegal footballer Michael Murphy, Kilkenny camóg Katie Power, Mayo Footballer Lee Keegan, Donegal All-Ireland Winning Ladies Caption Aoife McDonnell, Tyrone’s 2021 All-Ireland Football Winner Conn Kilpatrick, former Donegal player Luke Keaney as well as members from the internal GPA staff led by CEO Tom Parsons.

Speaking about the event Tom Parsons said; “The GPA Rookie Camp is an important milestone for new members to inter-county panels as it equips them with information which will be fundamental to their journey for, hopefully, the years ahead.

“I would like to thank everyone who took part and also the former players and contributors who shared their experience in the hope that of helping their fellow GPA members.

“The most important thing now is that those young players take action to put what they learned into practice.” 

Players who could not attend or wish to watch back any of the content from the GPA Rookie Camp can do so via the Udemy platform.  Contact tommy.doyle@gaelicplayers.com to request access.

The event could not have taken place without the sponsorship of the GPA Rookie Camp 2022 partners Revive Active, Brian Walsh Hurleys & Sport and Narcissips.

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