She’s Ace Ladies GAA Handball conference in Loughmacrory to boost Girls Handball…

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As the GAA Handball One Wall Schools initiative continues to advance in terms of growth and popularity, Ulster GAA have taken the added step of a major promotion of the scheme through female participation.

One Wall handball has seen incredible growth in the past 8 years in Ireland. Since the launch of the biggest Tournament in Europe, the One Wall Nationals, at a single venue in 2009, 1000s have converged each year to the Breaffy Sports Arena in July. The spin-off has been immense too with events now growing all over Ireland and Europe with the venue for this latest event, in Loughmacrory, staging one of the biggest in the Lough Wallball Showdown every Summer.

As the pursuit of Olympic status for the sport also gathers pace, a consistent high level of growth in the game and in new facilities continues. Over 30 countries around the world now compete with a Professional circuit in Europe and the USA reaching an all-time high.

Yet Players from Ireland continue to be amongst the very best on the international stage!

A major Development and Promotional conference for ladies handballers in schools throughout the province will go ahead on Friday 24th March. An event packed with tips, information and practical sessions from top experts in the sport, this intriguing look at GAA Handball will be staged at Loughmacrory’s impressive Wallball Arena and Clubrooms, in County Tyrone.

Three time World Ladies Senior champion, Antrim’s Fiona Shannon, along with current Irish National Open Ladies One Wall champion, Lorraine Havern, will be just two of the influential people who will be delivering a wealth of knowledge and experience to students on the day.

All schools in the province have been invited to bring students along to this event, which is Free for all to attend.

All players interested in getting involved or advancing their game are advised to request their schools to contact Ulster GAA. It is a terrific opportunity not to be missed!!!!

The She’s Ace Ladies GAA Handball conference will take place from 10am to 2.30pm on Friday 24th March and all participants will receive a unique GAA Handball gear pack (Free) with lunch provided for all on the day.

Pictured at the launch of the 2017 She’s Ace Ladies GAA Handball Conference are Paula Clarke (Ulster GAA Handball She’s Ace Officer), Armagh’s Megan McCann (Ladies All Ireland Minor Handball Champion), Tyrone’s Eilise McCrory (Ladies All Ireland Junior Handball Champion) and Michael Hasson (Ulster GAA President).

A fantastic way to expand knowledge and skills associated with this rapidly growing international GAA Sport – make sure your School Registers now. Check out the contact details below on how to register. There will also be Lunch provided for everyone in attendance. Proceedings will get underway from 10am on Friday 24th March and will conclude by 2.30pm.

This event is organised by Ulster GAA Handball in conjunction with Ulster GAA and funded by the Department for Communities.

Agenda for the Day…
9.30 Registration and Tea/Coffee
10.00 Welcome: Ulster GAA Vice President, Oliver Galligan
10.15 Keynote: Handball in Ulster: Chris Curran
10.30 Workshops:
Workshop 1: Analysis / Practical : Kevin McGuigan / Lorraine Havern / Darragh Daly/ Fiona Shannon
Workshop 2: Planning to Play and Perform: Ryan Mellon
Workshop 3: Nutrition and Hydration: Garreth Thornton
11.15 Repeat workshops
12.00 Repeat workshops

12.45 Lunch

1.15 Keynote 2: Club to School links: Darragh Daly, National Development Officer
1.30 Keynote 3: Technology and Sport: Kevin McGuigan, Ulster GAA
1.45 Keynote 4: Empowering the Female Athlete: Fiona Shannon, 3 time World Ladies Senior champion
2.10 Conclusion: Chris Curran – what next!
2.15 Distribution of Handball Resource and Departure

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