Launch of underage Competitions Sponsor

Coiste na nÓg Chontae Shligigh with the support of our sponsors Expert Electrical Sligo are delighted to launch the 2016 Sligo Club underage hurling and football fixture programme.  The fixture programme was designed having consulted with all of the Clubs in the County through an online questionnaire and a club forum.  The fixture programme commenced on Sunday 13th March. Between league and championship there will be in excess of 700 games, at under 12,13,14,16, and 18 levels, catering for over 1500 players.  There will be 55 finals which will provide plenty of opportunity for silverware.  We also plan to run a number of blitz events throughout the year to further compliment the fixture programme.  This is separate from the excellent programme administered at u.8 and u.10 level by our full time coaches and overseen by Liam Óg Gormley as well as the Summer Cúl Camp events.  The GAA programme of activities in Sligo for 2016 will provide a wonderful sporting outlet for our youth.

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Coiste na nÓg to sincerely thank Expert Electrical for their continued financial support which is vital in order to help with the cost of running our underage Programme.  I would also like to thank the sponsors of our underage county teams as follows


Minor Team – Devenish Nutrition

U17 Team – Radisson Hotel and Spa, Sligo

U16 Team – O’Dowd Storage and Warehousing

Sligo County Development Squads – EJ Menswear

I wish in particular to acknowledge the very significant role played by our referees, without whom the delivery of the fixture programme would be impossible.  It has been well documented of late that there is a significant shortage of referees.  It is encouraging to see that a number of clubs have been proactive in referee recruitment and that a number of new recruits have recently completed a training programme.  We in Coiste na nÓg wish our new recruits and all our other referees well for the new season. I ask that players, mentors, club officials and supporters show respect to our referees.  We would remind Clubs that they have a significant role to play in fostering respect for our referees.

 I wish to thank the Markievicz Park Committee in advance for their continued support by making available our county grounds for underage finals. Every young player wants to play in Markievicz Park and in the current year it is proposed to play most of the Finals at that venue. Finals which cannot be accommodated in Markievicz Park will be played at our Centre of Excellence in Scarden.

I wish to thank the Club Secretaries for their continued cooperation in the delivery of the fixture programme in line with the fixture calendar and to acknowledge the vital role they play in this area.  I would also like to thank team managements, mentors and parents for their respective efforts in facilitating our underage games in the county.

I wish to acknowledge the support of Sligo County Board, and it's Administration and coaching staff.  In particular, I wish to thank the other members of Coiste Na nÓg -Joe Murphy (Chairperson), Bill O'Kelly Lynch, John Niland, and Padraig Clancy who have been tasked with delivering the 2016 fixture programme.

Finally, I would like to wish all Clubs well for 2016, and hope that all will have a very enjoyable season.



Is mise le meas,

Sean McAlbanach,
Coiste na Nog Contae Shligigh.

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