Rebels’ Bounty opening draws tonight

Message from the organisers

A Chara,

Firstly, a sincere thank you to all Rebels’ Bounty members who kindly purchased tickets over the last few months and we hope that both Club and County now will reap the benefits of your generosity.

Tonight, we host the first of our draws for 2021, in association with our media partners, the Irish Examiner.

The event will be livestreamed from Páirc Uí Chaoimh at 7.30pm (sales close at 5pm).

90 cash prizes will be drawn for the months of January, February and March, with more than  €100,000 to be won on the night.

All Rebels’ Bounty prizes are listed here:

Please access the livestream using the following links to view.

You can watch the event on Cork GAA website here => Cork GAA 

You can watch the event on youtube here => Youtube link 

You can watch the event on facebook here => Facebook Link 

Important information for the Go Games Programme for 2021

    1. Please complete the attached form before Friday, April 2, with proposed entries for the upcoming season. It is to be completed by Juvenile secretary or alternative and we are looking for the number of teams each club wishes to enter, at each age group from U7-U11. We will also be looking for contact email and phone of the lead mentor for each group.
  1. Please note that U7, U9 and U11 are the new primary age grades per National Guidance. We will, as always, provide Games for all age groups but smaller clubs should try to align to U7,9 and 11, which will ensure smooth transition to U13 age grade, if they do not have sufficient numbers for all age groups. Teams and age groups for 2021 are as follows:
    1. U7 is 5 a side
    2. U8/U9 is 7 a side
    3. U10/U11 is 9 a side.
  2. Please take this into consideration when speaking to mentors. I would urge mentors to add in an extra team, rather than go less if numbers are around the middle e.g. if you have 11 players at U8, i would recommend putting in for 2 teams, as teams can play 5 and 6 a side on a given day, if needed, as opposed to having lots of subs.
  3. Start Date: We will not be starting the campaign until given the green light by the GAA Covid Advisory group and the Government. We are not planning any Games Program to start before June 5th, at the earliest. But we will have alternative plans in place for a July and August start also. We will update closer to the time.
  4. Games will be fixed for Saturday mornings at the following times:
    1. U7-10am
    2. U8/9-11am
    3. U10/11-12.15pm
  5. We will update with info to clubs and mentors as soon as we get definitive dates from the Covid Advisory group.
  6. In the meantime, we have a weekly email newsletter going out to mentors from the Nursery to U8 groups with tips and suggestions on coaching and playing. We currently have 251 mentors signed up for regular correspondence, so if any other mentors want to sign up, they can do so here:
  7. Once we get the email addresses of all other mentors, we will put together weekly updates for them also.
If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me by response.
Is mise le meas,
Colm Crowley
Games Development Officer
Rebel Óg Coaching
086 3687799

Return to play guidelines issued by Rebel Óg Coaching

Rebel Óg Coaching are helping club coaches and youth players (13-17) prepare for the commencement of GAA activities with an exciting offering of skills in hurling and football along with activities to help with athletic development backed by Setanta College and the National Games Development Department.
Over the next five weeks, our GDA’s will be releasing a skill each week for boys to practice at home to help them hone their technical proficiency ahead of the new season.
Cork GAA Games Manager, Kevin O Callaghan, thanked our team of GDA’s for their excellent work in producing this content and acknowledged that coaches can use this content by distributing it their own club players to give them a chance to knock off their rustiness while helping their physical and mental wellbeing.
Coaches can sign up to receive the skills content each week via direct email by completing the form here
(The content will not be sent to secretaries for week 2 and beyond)
The skills for week 1 are linked here:



“Reducing Injury Risk” Webinar, Tuesday, March 16, at 7pm,
Join at run by our National Games Development Department.

 Registration for the ‘Be Ready to Play’ Athletic Development programmes is and remains open and coaches and players can be continuously encouraged to register through the GAA eLearning site  Players and coaches can start to engage at any time. The programmes are tailored separately to the Youth, Adult and the Advanced Adult player (male and female) and coach.

More information on ‘Be Ready to Play’ is available at

Rebel Og Coaching are especially encouraging all club u15 coaches to sign up for these initiatives as our GDA’s will be providing supports for this group for the whole season.

Goalkeeping workshop

See the below workshop being organised by the Football Development Goalkeeping Work Group.
Please pass this on to all your youth and adult club goalkeepers and coaches.
We would like to invite coaches and players from around Cork who are interested in learning more about developing high quality goalkeepers at your clubs.
We plan to run two interactive one hour webinars which will be followed by a number of practical pitch sessions across the county once Covid restrictions are relaxed.
This event is designed for coaches and players of all levels of ability and experience.

 Webinar 1 (March 15, 8pm) will focus on:

Evolution of the Goalkeeper position as one of the most vital positions in any team today

How we select goalkeepers from a young age & what talents & qualities we should be looking at

Taking a longer term view of the development pathway for young Goalkeepers from age 11 to 18

Webinar 2 (March 31)  will focus on:

Kick Out techniques, skills & strategies

Shot-stopping & footwork skills

Handling & football skills

Communication & mental skills

 The facilitators for these sessions will include the following people:

Billy Morgan – Nemo Rangers

Conor Counihan – Aghada

Ray O’Mahony – Eire Og

Brian Morgan – Nemo Rangers

Kevin Murphy – Boherbue

Pat Prendergast – Bandon

Billy O’Connor – Cullen

Alan Quirke – Valley Rovers

 Please register for the first workshop on March 15 using the following link.

Webinar about nurturing emotional wellbeing and personal growth

Courcey Rovers GAA, in conjunction with Kinsale Community School and Kinsale Youth Support Services are hosting a webinar about nurturing emotional wellbeing and personal growth online on Thursday, March 11 at 7.30pm.

A spokesperson for Courcey Rovers said: “We feel that this is very pertinent in these times and we would like to invite people of all ages from and communities throughout Cork to join us, (minimum age is transition year and above).

This is a webinar of honest and open discussion around nurturing emotional wellbeing and personal growth.

This event has several guests involved on the night such as Conor Cusack who is well known for his exploits as a talented player but also more recently as an Emotional Health advocate.

We will also be in conversation with a range of community members such as Cork camogie captain Linda Collins; Ger Rice of Kinsale Youth Support Services as well as representation from Croke Parks National Health Clubs Project Team.”

Access to this webinar can be found on the night by visiting

Child Welfare and Safeguarding Webinar

Please find below information from the Child Welfare and Safeguarding Webinar recently presented by Child Welfare and Safeguarding Committee Croke Park.

Just a few updates before you read below

  1. Compliance with all Child Welfare and Safeguarding is a mandatory legal requirement. This means that all clubs must have a Children’s Officer by law and all adults who are involved with players under eighteen years of age must be in compliance with Child Welfare and Safeguarding regulations. This is the law of the land.
  2. Garda Vetting Policy has now changed to three years. All those previously vetted in 2016 to 2018 must now submit a new vetting application as well as all new mentors etc.
  3. The 3-year condition, within which a person was permitted to renew their Child Safeguarding Training, by either attending another face to face workshop or undertake the online safeguarding refresher has been temporarily extended to five years. This three to five-year extension is until the end of June 2021.
  4. Every Club Executive Committee must carry out a Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment and then publish a revised Child Safeguarding statement by 31 May 2021.

A template Risk Assessment document will be issued in April along with a Child Safeguarding Statement. The templates may be used to commence the process. A special webinar will also take place in April.

The Club Executive Committee must agree their Risk Assessment outcomes and Child Safeguarding Statement date/time to be recorded.

  1. The updated Garda Vetting List and Safeguarding 1 list is due very shortly from Croke Park. If you follow the Webinar you will note that the Ulster Counties had been completed by February 20th. Connacht is next to be sent out followed by the Munster Counties. I will send out the list to all clubs once I receive them.
  2. I cannot overstress the importance of having a good record of all matters relating to players under eighteen years of age in the matter of Child Welfare and Safeguarding. You will need it in the event of any engagement with outside statutory body on Child Welfare issues. Ensure that all matters are approved and minuted by the club adult executive committee. This includes the approval of everybody involved in whatever capacity with these players.
  3. These are very uncertain times for all of us. Many young people are finding it particularly difficult. I would urge all clubs to check in on these players and on other vulnerable teenagers in our communities and ensure that they know that support is available.

This is the link to the recording of the Webinar.

The slides to go with the Webinar may be found in the Child Safeguarding Information 4MB attached file. You will also find the 50 answers to the Q & A session at the webinar in the Child Safeguarding Information 225KB attached file.

Below are details on a Study called ADAPT being carried out by NUI Galway on the effects of Covid19 on the lives of our teenagers. More details are available on this study in the first part of the webinar – both in the oral presentation and in the slides.

Le gach dea ghuí,

Eoghan O’Connor, Cork GAA Children’s Officer


ADAPT STUDY: how Adolescents Deal with and Adjust to Pandemic restrictions
About the study:
A team of psychologists at NUI, Galway and Trinity College Dublin are keen to understand
how the COVID-19 pandemic and the various restrictions that are in place, are impacting on
the lives of teenagers and how they have impacted on the wellbeing of teenagers.
What is involved?
Teenagers are invited to take part in 3 short surveys over the next 12 months. You need to
either be in attendance at secondary school or between the ages of 12-18 years.
If you would like to take part, please discuss this with your parent/guardian. Your parent or
guardian needs to complete a consent form.
Where can I find the Parent/Guardian Consent form:
Information for parents/guardians is available here. This website also contains a link to the
parent consent form:
How do I complete the survey?
Parents/guardians provide an email address for you, as part of their consent form. Then we
ask you to keep an eye on your email, as we will send you a link to our survey by email. You
will also need to fill out a form which tells us whether you want to take part or not.
For further information see our website:
Information for teenagers can be found here:

Dr. Caroline Heary, from the National University of Ireland is the study lead if you wish to
contact her (caroline.heary@nuigalway).