Friday, June 26, 2020

Future GAA stars Ryan Swaby Roanmore, Ronan Dawson Ballygunner, Erin Swaby Butlerstown Camogie, Rian Hearne Ballyduff Lower and Adam Dawson Ballygunner at the Waterford launch of the 2019 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps. Photo: Noel Browne.

There was good news for kids and parents across Waterford his week with the news that the 2020 GAA Cúl Camps are set to go ahead from July 20 with a brand new TV programme on TG4 getting kids warmed up from June 29.

This first phase of camp activity will be broadcast Monday to Friday from 10.25 to 11.00am and repeated at 5.15pm from June 29th to July 17th on TG4. It will also be available on the TG4 player, making the return to camp activity, both live and on demand, available to everyone at home and abroad.
The GAA Cúl Camps series will be produced by Waterford based Nemeton TV, and presented by Gráinne Bleasdale.
The series will include skills, drills, games, nutrition, and wellness segments that will appeal to all the family from multiple All-Ireland winning Cork Camogie and Football star, Rena Buckley, Dublin hurler Liam Rushe and former Donegal footballer star Kevin Cassidy.
The Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps kit is a huge part of our camps with mass appeal among primary school children all around the country and beyond. Given current circumstances, camps schedules may be reduced in certain counties which has prompted the GAA to pursue the option of making kit available for sale for children who may not get the option to participate in the 2020 camp programme. Kit will be available for sale online at
For the over 4,000 people who had pre-registered for 2020 camps, they have been contacted with three options; 1) a full refund 2) a delivery of kit and a refund of the remaining amount or 3) priority for a place on one of our re-scheduled camps.
Since 2006, 1,389,539 children have participated in the Cúl camps programme including over 156,000 children and nearly 6,000 coaches in 2019.
Waterford Games Development Manager, Eoin Breathnach outlines how the 2020 camps will run in the Déise county. “It’s great news for everyone that the Cúl Camps will be running this year. They’ll be starting a few weeks later than usual (July 20) and will run to the end of August but we’ve been in touch with clubs all week getting the information out to them and trying to reschedule dates across the county. We were supposed to have 42 camps this summer and we think that it will be somewhere in the mid thirties instead as some clubs, for various different reasons, just won’t be in a position to hold a camp this year.
“The feel inside the field will hopefully be the same with lots of kids playing our games but it will be a bit different alright. Obviously we’ll have all the sanitisation stations and prior to attending the camp parents will have to fill in an online health questionnaire and hand it to us on the first morning of the camp and then the parents will need to liaise with us on a daily basis to make sure there’s no changes to that.”

“In Waterford we’re not going to be using any indoor facilities other than a medical room and of course toilets but we won’t be using dressing rooms or halls or anything like that. The camps in Waterford are going to be capped at a maximum of 100 kids per venue to make sure that we an have enough coaches and because it’s over a shorter period and there are more camps on each week we will need more coaches. The online booking is now live and we’ll be contacting clubs to let them know when that is happening but the advice is to book early. There won’t be any walk ups this year, all kids will have to be pre-booked online and also there’s a slight time change this year with camps running from 10am to 2pm each day. Other than that we will have a full programme of activities, we’ll have the kit, the bags and we hope that we can give the kids a great experience,” said Eoin.
A list of all venues and booking can be done now on the Cúl camp website
Prices are as follows:
First child €65, Second child €60, Third+ children €50.

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