Coach Education

Foundation Award

The Foundation Award is the introductory award for coaches of Gaelic Games. The course is aimed at beginner coaches and will enable participants to assist a coach in the organisation of activities to develop Gaelic Football.

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If you are interested in completing this course places are limited and must be booked in advance by contacting Lorraine on 043 3345 219 ASAP.

Award 1 Youth/Adult Courses

This is a hugely important course due to the fact that all adult club teams MUST have an Award 1 coach involved since the start of 2016 and by the start of 2018 all adult Club Head Coaches/Managers MUST be award 1 qualified

The topics to be covered include:

  1. Introduction, Communication & The Role of The Coach
  2. Technical Proficiency
  3. Tactical Prowess/Decision Making
  4. Team Play & Tactical Ploys
  5. Physical Fitness: Components & Principles Youth
  6. Physical Fitness: Components & Principles Adult
  7. Playing Facts & Psychological Focus
  8. Lifestyle, Planning & Conclusion

Code of Ethics Workshop

Longford GAA are running Safeguarding 1 – Code of Ethics Basic Awareness/Child Protection.

We have no plans to run any more of these workshops. If anyone is still interested in completing the course please contact Lorraine on 043 3345 219 ASAP and your name will be added to a list and if there is demand then we will run another course. The workshop costs €10.

This workshop is for the benefit of everyone involved in children’s sport (children, parents/guardians, sports leaders’, etc). It provides introductory information on codes of conduct, bullying, recruitment, etc. as well as child protection guidelines. By following the principles, policy and practical guidelines contained in the Code, sports leaders are playing their part in providing a safe and enjoyable environment in which children can learn and thrive.

If you are not aware any person interacting with children/teenagers within the context of the GAA must have completed this course. Therefore it is imperative that if some of your coaches or even parents who give other kids a lift to games etc does not have this course then, in order to protect both themselves and your club, they should be doing this.

Online Coaching Workshops

Leinster GAA in partnership with Sports Webinars have developed a number of online workshops which are now available to watch through their Youtube channel. Please see details of the Webinars below and the links to follow to access them.

  • Nicholas Walsh: Developing Play Through Games – Watch Here
  • Jason Ryan: Team Play in Gaelic Football – Watch Here
  • Paudie Butler: Building Open Structure for Child Centred Participation in Hurling – Watch Here
  • Ron McKeefery: Leadership & Motivation through Coaching – Watch Here

Coach Education

The GAA Strategic Vision and Action Plan 2009-2015 identified the immediate need to prioritise and support the development of players and coaches as key to the long-term success and health of Gaelic Games.

To create a coaching system which produces and supports the development of coaches and players, the GAA has developed a model of Coach Education has been reformatted to take account of the different playing capacities that exist between children (up to 12 years), youths (age 13 – 18) and adults (age 19+), and the competencies that a coach is required to display when working with each of the playing populations. These streams have been identified to cater for the diverse needs of children, of youths and of adults.

Quality Coaching – as part of an overall Games Development Plan – promotes fair play, builds social cohesion, self-esteem, and enhances health and well-being as well as supporting social and economic objectives.

Coaches should be committed to creating fun, safe playing environments for all of our players, regardless of age or ability level. To safeguard our players, coaches abide by the GAA Code of Conduct, have completed the GAA/ISC Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshop and are vetted by An Garda Síochána/ Access NI.

GAA Learning Portal

The GAA Learning Portal has been developed to provide better access to key resources for GAA members and those actively promoting Gaelic Games and is a fantastic resource for Coach Education activities. Register as a site member and access Education Programmes to support your role as Coach, Referee, Administrator or Player. Click here to access the Learning Portal website.

Coach Education Structure

The education programme includes 4 courses… Foundation, Award 1, Award 2 & Award 3, with the focus on continuing education, so that coaches can improve by means of a series of specifically designed courses, workshops and conferences incorporating internationally recognised principles of best practice.

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These opportunities will include a combination of theoretical and practical inputs and allow for the use of digital and e-learning techniques. A programme of Applied Lifelong Learning enables coaches to continually develop skills and progress at a rate suited to their own development.

Foundation Course

The Foundation Award is the introductory award for coaches of Gaelic Games. The course is aimed at beginner coaches and will enable participants to assist a coach in the organisation of activities to develop hurling or football.

The course is seven and a half hours in duration and covers four key modules, as well as introductory and conclusion modules. These four modules are:

  • Introduction to Games
  • Skill Development
  • Movement Skills
  • Coaching Children, Youths and Adults

Competencies to be developed

  • Assist a coach in organising a programme of games and skill development activities appropriate to each participant’s needs and abilities
  • Identify the skills of hurling
  • Assist a coach in organising progressive activities (drills and fun games) to develop five key skills
  • Assist a coach in organising progressive activities to develop movement skills appropriate to Gaelic Games
  • Assist a coach in organising and managing players for an effective practice session
  • Build Rapport, Observe, Analyse, Explain, Provide Demonstration and Provide Positive Feedback to Players

Course Philosophy

The GAA is committed to implementing an integrated Coach Education Programme with a view to maximising participation, optimising playing standards and ensuring that players’ needs are catered for in a balanced way.

The course is designed to promote the development of the How to Coach skills through modelling of best practice, as demonstrated by the tutor, experimental learning and through the guided reflection on previous experiences – as a coach, player, official or parent – facilitated by the tutor.

Attending a Course

The Foundation Award courses are organised locally within each County. To view upcoming courses in your County or to reserve a place on a course, visit the GAA Coach Education website.

Award 1 Course

The Award 1 course has been designed to take account of the different playing capacities that exist between children (up to 12 years), youths (age 13 – 18) and Adults (age 19+) and the competencies that a coach is required to display when working with each of the playing populations. Therefore, coaches can specialise in coaching the particular players that they are involved with.

Competencies to be developed

The course is ran over 8 nights (each session lasting 2.5 hours) and coaches wishing to attend must hold the Foundation Award for at least the last 12 months. The course covers a number of key modules including:

  • Technical Proficiency
  • Tactical Prowess
  • Team Play
  • Physical Fitness
  • Playing Facts
  • Psychological Focus
  • Communication

The focus of the course is the further development of the ‘How to Coach’ skills by placing the participant in situations that they will face as coaches – the organisation of games activities, activities to develop skill and activities to develop the various aspects of physical fitness. By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Organise a programme of games and skill development activities appropriate to each participant’s needs and abilities
  • Organise progressive activities (drills and fun games) to develop five key skills
  • Organise progressive activities to develop movement skills appropriate to Gaelic Games
  • Organise and manage players for an effective practice session
  • Build Rapport, Observe, Analyse, Explain, Provide Demonstration and Provide Positive Feedback to Players

Course Philosophy

The GAA is committed to implementing an integrated Coach Education Programme with a view to maximising participation, optimising playing standards and ensuring that players’ needs are catered for in a balanced way.

The course is designed to promote the development of the How to Coach skills through modelling of best practice, as demonstrated by the tutor, experiential learning and through the guided reflection on previous experiences – as a coach, player, official or parent – facilitated by the tutor.

Attending a Course:

The Award 1 courses are organised locally within each County. To view upcoming courses in your County or to reserve a place on a course, visit the GAA Coach Education website.

Award 2 Course

The Award 2 Coach Education course is the third award on the coaching pathway of Gaelic games. The course is aimed at coaches that have progressed through the Foundation Award and Award 1 programmes and have experience as a Coach.

The Award 2 course is aimed specifically for coaches who coach children (up to 12 years) Youth (13 – 18) and Adult (19 & above), and the competencies that a coach is required to display when working with the chosen age group.

Each course is 27  hours in duration and covers a number of key modules, as well as Introductory and Conclusion modules. These modules are:

  • The coaching process
  • Developing the whole child
  • Spot & Fix Advanced Technical skills
  • Coaching for Decision Making
  • Principles of Team Play
  • Advanced Movement Skills
  • Creating a learning environment
  • Psychological Focus
  • Planning & Keeping fit and healthy
  • Playing facts & Rules

The focus of this course is  on the “Why to do it” the further development of the coaching skills by placing the participant in situations that they will face as coaches – the organisation of games activities, activities to develop skill and activities to develop the various physical fitness skills.

Entry Requirements:

Applications will be considered from those who:

  • Hold both Foundation Award and Award 1 child qualifications, or equivalent.
  • Have substantial experience in a coaching and are currently coaching a child team.
  • Candidates must be 18 years or over.
  • Candidates must be Garda vetted and have complete the GAA Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport.

The Award 3 Coach Education course is the fourth award on the coaching pathway of Gaelic Games. The course is aimed at experienced coaches that have progressed through the Foundation, Award 1 and 2 programmes.

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