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Football Development Squads

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County Boards announced trials for U-15 & U-16 Development Squads last night through social media, not via an email to club secretaries or even an article on the County Website. Seemingly they are not accepting nominations from Clubs this year, you can only trial if you were on the previous years panel.ie 2013 Down U-15 panel and South & East Down U-14 panels.

So the county seems to be so high achieving that it can now close the door to potential inter-county players at the age of 14. This seems like a serious error of judgement, anyone in the county board ever heard of players developing at different ages?

downredhand (Tyrone) - Posts: 560 - 08/04/2014 17:27:31    1572518

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Doesn't surprise me one bit!! Typical

offtheground1 (Down) - Posts: 128 - 08/04/2014 19:10:06    1572586

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Could the reason for this be! clubs are not putting their players forward for county tryouts.
Meaning they have a better chance at league and championship games. This way our boys
can make tryouts them selfs without their clubs making that decision.if a player wants to play
at county level they will know when tryouts our. Word does travel fast between players.
Do you not agree?

Gaahead890 (Down) - Posts: 23 - 09/04/2014 13:37:44    1572887

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You miss the point GAAHEAD, Down have effectively closed down access to development squads at the age of 14, as only players on the previous year's panel are invited to try out for this years U-15 & U-16 Panels.
So no opportunity for the lad who couldn't try last year because of injury or the lad wh has improved between the ages of 14-15 or 15-16.
There method of communicating the date for the trial may well suit players better but it smacks of trying to keep a bizarre change in policy low key as they haven't communicated directly with clubs

downredhand (Tyrone) - Posts: 560 - 09/04/2014 13:53:11    1572901

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If that's what their new policy is it stinks.All Gaelic player should be in the running at all age levels
How can we have the best county team without giving all the young fellas a chance? Surely this has
To be a mistake made by the down board I would look into it.

Gaahead890 (Down) - Posts: 23 - 09/04/2014 18:26:39    1573094

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Yeah as a club coach of kids around this age I'm trying to get this looked at again

downredhand (Tyrone) - Posts: 560 - 10/04/2014 09:19:57    1573229

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Welcome to Down CB, take the easiest option every time.

bricktop (Down) - Posts: 2491 - 10/04/2014 09:47:45    1573239

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Development squads minor football even under 21 football needs a major over hall in Co Down its a perfect example of this great Down way which has turned out like the empires new cloths.No joined up thinking 3 or 4 people making decisions and then railroading them trough last years under 21/20 competition was a joke and can anyone tell me the last county minor manager who had worked with development squads or are they all jobs for the boys

getagumshield (Down) - Posts: 5 - 10/04/2014 21:51:43    1573616

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The development squads from 15 upwards fall under the remit of Conor O'Toole (Development Manager) but obviously he doesn't take all of the squads himself.

downredhand (Tyrone) - Posts: 560 - 11/04/2014 09:19:49    1573635

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Have to agree the U20 competition was a joke last year, hopefully it was just a 1 year experiment and they will change it back to U21 like everyone else in Ulster.

elk (Down) - Posts: 80 - 11/04/2014 10:04:05    1573655

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Yes this is a terrible way to run development squads. A kick in the teeth to the clubs who often have to work hard to get their young players to the sessions.

Bigsheep (Down) - Posts: 290 - 12/04/2014 18:34:16    1574280

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Just reading your message 'getagumshield', agree with some of your comments regarding the development squads, clubs do not always send their best players to these squads for different reasons, and the last minor managers to manage development squads were the 2005 all ireland winning management team !

Notyouagain (Down) - Posts: 1 - 30/04/2014 19:30:15    1582666

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Your right Notyouagain Mark Turley Desie Kennedy John Morgan and Martin Mc Garry last minor managers who worked with development squads were there for 3 years from under 15 moving on a year until they delivered a minor all Ireland on your other point about clubs not sending their best players its a flawed system club managers either send nobody or half a team because they don't want to offend anyone in there own club leaving trials slow and tiresome as it takes weeks to give all of them a fair chance before getting to the finished squad development coaches should be watching club games and inviting players to attend trials if at under 15 county coaches don't know the best players in Down then they haven't attended many underage games and so shouldn't be there forget the Down way and do it the best way

getagumshield (Down) - Posts: 5 - 10/05/2014 20:28:25    1586207

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