On Sat 24th Feb in Pairc Ui Chaoimh Rebel Og Coaching held their 2017 Benchmarking Awards Conference. With over 105 clubs present on the day there was a large crowd of Coaching Officers and club coaches present. At shortly after 10am Jason Ryan ex manager of Wexford & Kildare was on hand to provide a practical demonstration involving the basic skills of football. Helping him out for this session was a young U14 football team from Mayfield, who were on the field and ready for action. With a wireless headset Jason while putting the lads through their paces was able to explain different techniques and drills to the large crowd of coaches in the stand overlooking the 4G pitch.
After approx 45 minutes Jason finished his practical demonstration and the rather grateful crowd were able to escape the cold breeze from the stands to the relative warmth of one of the main conference suites in the main stand where Dr Ed Coughlan from CIT gave a great presentation on skill acquisition for young players. This engaging presentation had everyone ready to head home and put his teaching to the test, but thankfully every one stayed on to watch ex Cork senior hurling manager, Kieran Kingston run one of the U16 development squads through their paces covering the defensive skills of hurling.
Again it was great for the coaches to see and hear Kieran (who was using a wireless headset microphone) as he ran the squads through various drills and exercises on the 4G pitch. It was great to be able to hear what he was trying to teach the young players on the filed.
Noel Crowley, Kieran Kingston & Brendan HealyOnce this was finished everyone headed back up to the conference suite where the presentation of the Awards was taking place. On the day there was one special award which preceded everything else and this was for our surprised GPO Noel Crowley who was retiring after many years of fantastic service to Cork GAA and the young Cork teams in and around Cork, Noel who for the last number of years was in charge of our very successful Cul Camps, the Lord Mayors Cup, and involved with many schools and clubs in Cork was and continues to be a huge asset to Cork GAA and we thank him for his many years of service, advice and input working with the GDA’s
Once Noel Crowley received his presentation it was then the turn of the clubs coaching officers to pick up their awards starting with the Bronze section then the Silver and finishing with the Gold winners. Each club received their Benchmarking Certificate, a log book for next year’s Benchmarking and the Rebel Og Club Manual from Coaching Officer Ronan Dwane and Kevin O’Callaghan Games Manager Once the awards had been received it was then time for some refreshments with tea, coffee and sandwiches on offer before everyone headed home.
This year we had a huge increase in award winners across all three sections with Bronze Awards going to 32 clubs, Silver Awards to 25 clubs and Gold Awards to 28 clubs. Well done to all. A special word of thanks to all the staff in Pairc Ui Chaoimh who were helpful as always and to our three guests Jason Ryan, Dr Ed Coughlan and Kieran Kingston.
Photos from the 2017 Benchmarking Conference and Awards