Mount Leinster Rangers clubman and former Kilkenny camogie minor manager Seamus Kelly is looking forward to an exciting year of working with the Kilkenny U16 side.
Speaking to KCLR’s Sunday Scoreline, Kelly, who was ratified along with his backroom team earlier this week, says that everyone involved with the team is excited about the prospect of returning to the pitch.
“We’re all really looking forward to getting the girls back out on the pitch. Hopefully we can get a lot of these girls back playing camogie soon and we can begin training,” said Kelly.
While collective training cannot begin yet due to Covid-19 restrictions currently in place, Kelly did reveal that he will be in contact with the players quite soon.
He said: “I’ll have a zoom meeting with the players to get in touch with them and introduce our management. We want to get them used to being inter-county players as quickly as possible.”
With the surprise announcement that Kate Kelly will be a therapist for the team throughout the course of 2021, the Mount Leinster Rangers man highlighted the importance of Kelly’s role and sports psychology in general.
“I find sports psychology to be a massive benefit to try and play at a high level while also achieving at a high level in school for the girls,” he said.
Kelly feels that the significance of sports psychology cannot be understated and that its importance will only increase in the coming years.
“I think it will be more prominent in sports. The feedback I got from players and parents is that it really helps. If it doesn’t give them the edge on the pitch it will give them the edge in life.”
The new man at the helm also outlined a clear goal that everyone involved with the team will have for 2021.
He said: “Our goal is to make the players better people and then they’ll be better players. That will help us achieve success on the pitch.”
The full interview with Seamus can be found below.