A summer full of Vhi Cúl Camps kicked off in the past week, and one of the first into action was that hosted by White’s Cross GAA. One hundred and thirty-five boys and girls, between the ages of five and thirteen years of age, attended the White’s Cross camp. As part of the Vhi sponsorship of the Cúl Camps, each participant received a jersey, shorts, socks and kit bag on the first day of the camp.
Each day the coaches and their assistants taught participants the skills of hurling and football, with an emphasis very much on fun! Participants later used mini-games to exhibit the learned skill from the earlier session. In the second half of the day participants then switched games and those that played football in the morning kitted out in their helmet and hurley and vice-versa.
Over the years a key highlight of the White’s Cross camps, which have been running now for the past eight summers, has been the visits of inter-county GAA stars. In past years inter-county hurlers including Tom Kenny, Cathal Naughton and Shane O Neill have called to the White’s Cross venue, while Graham Canty, Nicholas Murphy and Daniel Goulding are just some to have represented the Cork footballers. This year was no different and again it was a great place to be for the autograph hunters! Elaine Harte, goalkeeper of the Cork senior Ladies Football side was a member of the coaching staff, and on the Wednesday she brought along the National League Cup won by Cork earlier in the year. Corner-forward on the Cork hurling side Patrick Horgan also attended, while wing-back on the Cork football side Paudie Kissane was on-hand on the final afternoon to present the participants with their medals.
White’s Cross GAA is very grateful to the Upper Glanmire Community Association and Scoil Naomh Michéal N.S. for the use of their facilities for the week. The Club also thanks all who provided support of one form or another to make this Camp the success it was, and most of all the team of over twenty coaches and assistants, who worked diligently and enthusiastically the entire week.