Decorated ex-Kilkenny selector Martin Fogarty
has been appointed National Hurling Development manager by the GAA.
The new role, which
was recommended by the Hurling 2020 Committee, includes a specific responsibility for the
development of hurling
Among the other aims
of the committee will be a review of county games programmes for club players,
devising other activities and initiatives with the aim of maximising
participation across all levels of the games, and consideration of the
restoration of a mentoring programme in designated counties.
Fogarty, who was a
selector with Kilkenny from 2005-2013 when the Cats won six All-Ireland
titles, said: “Hurling has always been my life and I’m delighted and honoured
to have appointed as National Hurling Development manager.
“There is tremendous
work taking place in the development and promotion of hurling around the
country – not all of it being recognised and not all of it yielding trophies.
“But I want to shine a
light on the work that is being done to grow the game and to support it and
also work to ensure that hurling has a great future.”
Fogarty, who also led
Kilkenny’s Under-21s to successive All-Ireland titles in 2003 and 2004, will
take up the role at the end of August.
In recent years Sligo
has become a force in underage hurling both in club and at county development
Martin will be meeting
the club coaches and volunteers from 7-8pm on Wednesday March 1st where he will do a workshop on how
to maximize the resources each club have and for the last part, Martin will be
taking the Sligo u17 hurlers on a field session from 8-9:30pm.
This evening is an
evening not to be missed. All club coaches and any one that is interested in
sport should come and listen to hear what martin has to say.