Rising Stars:
An alarming new study conducted by researchers in DCU of 2000 children aged 5-12 found that 1 in 4 Irish children cannot run properly, half cannot kick a ball properly, and fewer than one in five can throw a ball, according to an alarming new study. Researchers found that a large proportion of the children had not mastered basic skills such as running, jumping, catching and kicking by the age of 10, at which point they made no further progress. Children should be able to master these skills – known as fundamental movement skills (FMS) – by the age of eight. They are the basic building blocks of more complex movements. If a child hasn’t acquired them by 10, they are at risk of becoming self-conscious when participating in physical activities or sports and, in turn, disengaged. It is for this reason we created the concept for Rising Stars, to help young kids develop their functional movement skills. Thankfully, we have had fantastic participation and the programme is going very well. We have 2 more Saturdays and all kids are welcome. It takes place in Croom Sports Complex from 10-11am.

Please note 2020 membership is now due. If you missed the registration day you can still register by contacting Breda O’Dwyer. Players under 12 €20 U14 to U18 €25. Family membership €70 (includes 2 adults and children U18) Players over 18 €50. Non players €30. Please note that any player who has NOT paid their membership before training starts back will not be covered under the Player Injury Scheme until payment is received in full.

Coach Education/Coaching Courses:
Anyone interested in getting involved with coaching teams or helping out with their children as they start playing GAA, why not do one of the GAA’s coach education courses? These are taking place all over the county in Jan, Feb, and March. Last year we held a very successful Foundation course in Croom and this year we are hoping to host a Level 1 course. If you wish to do a course please contact Stephen Lucey 0879858726 or PJ O’Mahony 0857161505.

Limerick U20 Football:
Congratulations to Tim Lyons who made the Limerick U20 Football panel. They open their Munster Championship campaign V Tipperary on Wed Feb 19th at 7pm in the Gaelic Grounds. Should Limerick win, they play Kerry on Wed Feb 26th also in the Gaelic Grounds.

2020 GAA National Club Draw:
Tickets ON SALE NOW from any committee member . Only €10 per ticket.
1st Prize is an All-New Renault Clio.
7 chances of winning 2020 All Ireland Hurling & Football Finals Packages.
20 prizes in total with tens of thousands worth of prizes to be won in total.
Maximum of 2,500 tickets per GAA Club. All money raised goes straight to our club. Croke Park covers all prizes. Opportunity for Croom GAA Club to raise up to €25,000 towards club development. This is a great way to raise funds for the club coming into the new season and we are asking all teams and clubs to get behind it and get involved. Main Club Contact – Richie O’Kelly 0858610223. Thank you for you support.
Lotto – Numbers drawn- 7,9,14,16. No jackpot winners. Lucky dips- Rachael O Shea , Joe Carroll Croom, A O Dwyer c/o Alan Sheerin, Denis Brosnan Croom, Freya and Holly Dundalk. Next draw is on in Hickeys with a jackpot of €5300. Thanks to all those who support our draw and other fundraising efforts.