Welcome to the Development Squads Coaching Guide

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The concept of Development Squads has been the subject of much debate since first introduced almost 7 years ago. While some counties have embraced the idea with enthusiasm others have questioned their worth and struggled to deliver meaningful programmes for their best underage players.

However a number of things are clear. Those counties who positively embraced the project have reaped the rewards not only at underage level but more importantly by the quality of player now available to their senior inter-county management.

When we look at other successful field sports it is interesting to note that they all have embraced the concept of underage academies, schools of excellence and regional development squads.

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