The Annual Ulster GAA U16 Player Academy Camp takes place on July 3rd and 4th in the high-performance facilities of the University of Ulster, Jordanstown.
The Player Academy, sponsored by Subway, aims to bring together the best U16 footballers and hurlers from each of the nine counties.
Throughout the duration of the Academy programme, these players will be exposed to the full menu of interventions that are required at high performance level.
The players will be afforded the opportunity to improve their own knowledge in different areas which will ultimately enable them to improve their own game, such as:
- Player Welfare
- Fitness Testing
- Anti-Doping Awareness
- Recovery Strategies/Activate Warm-ups
- Performance Analysis
- Resilience Training
In addition, the players will be introduced to GPS Analysis with selected players being monitored on distance traveled, high intensity runs and areas of the field covered while playing small and full-sided games.
They will also be exposed to technical, tactical and team work interventions by Ulster GAA Coaching Staff through group work and field based games.
Each year Ulster GAA invite an appropriate role model who in the past have attended a Player Academy Camp and progressed to represent their county at senior level. Players such as Kieran Mc Geeney, Terence Mc Naughton, Sean Cavanagh, Peter Canavan, Neill McManus, Michael Murphy, Gerard O’Kane, Paddy McBrearty, Mattie Donnelly and Peter Donnelly have returned to impart their experience to the next batch of rising stars.
An indication of the impact that these camps have on our talented young players is provided by the large percentage that progress to represent their counties at U18, 21 and senior level.