Regional Development Squad Programme
process of selection and preparation for the performers who
participate in the Golden Cow Youth Games commences almost one
year ahead of the event. Between
April and September each year talented performers from across the
province are nominated by their schools and clubs to undergo
trials for selection onto the respective Regional Development
some sports, coaching and development sessions commence during the
summer holiday period while for others, the squads meet for the
first time during the regional Schools of Sport, which
take place in each of the 5 Education & Library Board
areas at Halloween.
the Schools of Sport the RDS programme continues over the winter
and spring months offering participants approximately 20 hours of
quality coaching and performance development sessions.
They conclude with the climax of the Golden Cow Youth Games
many as possible of the original Regional Development Squad
participants will be included within the Golden Cow Youth Games to
ensure that those who have trained hard throughout the year are
given the chance to display their talents and enjoy the finale of
the RDS Programme. Many
of the sports involved will play small-sided games to ensure
maximum participation for all the performers.
is hoped that the young people who have been involved in the
regional development squad programme will progress into a
provincial or national squad programme of their sport in the
following season, based on their talent and commitment to the
Regional Development Squad Programme is managed by 5 Area Sports
Partnership Groups (ELB based) and the governing bodies of sport.
The first 3 years of the programme 2000 – 2003 have been
funded by the Talented Junior Lottery Sports Fund.
Involved In the Regional Development Squad Programme 2002/03
(Boys & Girls)
(Boys & Girls)
further information contact [email protected]