Benchmarking 2020

Rebel Óg Coaching Benchmarks 2020 were successfully launched in early 2015 and provide a template for best practice in coaching, promoting maximum participation and optimal playing standards in juvenile clubs throughout Cork city and county. The programme includes minimum requirements for entry, with subsequent progression to Bronze, Silver or Gold targets, which clubs would strive to achieve with the assistance of their local GDA. Bronze criteria are based on establishing a primary school coaching and games programme in schools within a club’s catchment area. Silver criteria are based on an appropriate programme of club coaching and games for 5-12 year olds, while Gold criteria are based on appropriate coaching and games for 13-18 year olds. The programme in each club will be overseen by the local GDA and organised countywide by County Coaching Officer Kevin O’Donovan and Games Manager Kevin O’Callaghan.

Click here to download copy of 2016 Targets2016 Targets Rebel Óg Coaching Benchmarks 2020

Benchmarking 2020 2016 Results are at the bottom of this page.


A club’s designated GDA will be their first point of contact for all elements of the scheme. The Rebel Óg Coaching team is as follows:

Role Name Ph. Email
Coaching Officer Kevin O’Donovan 086-7753567
Games Manager Kevin O’Callaghan 086-8532375
Post Primary GDO Noel Crowley 086-8375061
Southside City GDA Paudie O’Brien 086-7725411
Northside City GDA Sean Crowley 086-0548533
West Cork GDA James McCarthy 087-7799531
Mid-West Cork GDA Colm Crowley 086-3687799
East Cork GDA Shane Supple 087-4327261
North Cork GDA Pat Spratt 086-8922800


Targets must be retained on an annual basis and clubs can progress along the spectrum of targets from year to year. Thus a progressive coaching pathway for clubs is incorporated, with optional elements also listed for clubs who wish to strive for even higher standards. Clubs who do not wish to enter the programme will retain access to all individual elements of the programme, such as Monster blitzes or coaching courses, however, GDA priority will be given to clubs who are implementing an integrated club coaching plan under the programme. The minimum requirements for entry include some essential club structures for the implementation of any coaching plan. Also, a requirement for all clubs to host a Kellogg’s Cúl Camp is included.  The Cúl Camp must be organised according to the nationally approved guidelines outlined by Croke Park. ‘Urban’ exceptions may be necessary in terms of schools, which do not fall within any club catchment area. In such cases external resources may be devoted to fill any gaps.

Benchmarking Clubs – Whats in it for our club?

Clubs who enter the  Benchmarking 2020 and are successful in reaching Bronze, Silver or Gold status will be eligible for the following benefits in 2018
  • Priority access to Pairc Ui Chaoimh Initiatives e.g. Monster Blitzes,Go Games Blitzes
  • Eligibility to apply for U12 Croke Park Day
  • Additional Cul Camp Gear
  • Access to Munster Studium days
  • Application for Half Time games of County & Club games in Cork
  • Entry to the Hurling and Football Go Games Summer leagues for 2018
  • Entry to Munster U15 Super 10’s Competition
  • Access to the Rebel Og Coaching and Munster Coaching Conferences in Pairc Ui Chaoimh
  • Primary school Coaching and Games supports
  • Club Support via Workshops and other initiatives run by Rebel Og Coaching
  • Club bookings for Coach Education Courses (Foundation & Award 1)

For your club to avail of these opportunities they will need to be in the Benchmarking process.


Bronze Targets

‘Primary School Coaching & Games Programme’

  • All schools in club catchment area
  • Schools coaching plan including Heads of Agreement
  • Minimum coaching requirement
    • Junior Infants to 2nd class must be covered (boys & girls)
    • ‘A standard’ 8 hurling & 8 football coaching sessions
    • ‘B standard’ 6 hurling & 6 football coaching sessions
    • ‘C standard’ 4 hurling & 4 football coaching sessions
    • Boys & girls must be coached in mixed schools
  • Minimum games requirement
    • 2 Club-School blitzes annually (1 at the end of each coaching block)
    • hosted at Club grounds – all schools in club catchment area invited


Silver Targets

‘Child Player Coaching & Games Programme’ – 5-12 year olds

  • Child player coaching plan for 5 to 12 year olds
  • Minimum games requirement
    • 16 x U12 matches; 12 x Official Monster U10 blitzes; 12 x Official Monster U8 blitzes
  • Young Referees
    • Clubs to bring at least one ‘Young Whistler’ to each of the above Monster blitzes
  • Mid-term Camp
    • Mini-Easter or Halloween Camp (minimum two days) for Child Players
  • Coach Education
    • organise three workshops for Child player coaches annually
    • this may include Foundation and Code of Ethics courses


Gold Targets

‘Youth Player Coaching & Games Programme’

  • Youth Player Coaching Plan
  • Minimum games requirement
    • 20 x U14 matches; 20 x U16 matches; 20 x U18 matches
  • Coach Education
    • organise three workshops for Youth player coaches annually
    • this may include Award 1 or Award 2 courses
  • Physical development programme
    • 6 week Academy programme for youth players – content provided by GDAs, devised by Mardyke Arena & Dr. Wesley O’Brien
  • Active Post Primary schools liaison officer
    • Serve on local post primary schools committee
  • Academies
    • Submission of names for U13 Academy registration and participation by players on Regional and County squads, if selected


A Chairde, Many thanks to coaches and officers at all levels, as well as our own GDAs, for organising and supporting the numerous activities organised under the Rebel Óg Coaching banner in 2016. A particular word of thanks to all club coaching officers who work so hard to improve coaching standards and structures in their clubs throughout the county.

Following a review by the GDAs and games manager, the results for 2016 are attached.
  • 79 submissions from a total of 117 entries at the start of the 2016 
  • An increase of 6 gold clubs in 2015 to 18 in 2016 demonstrating the huge strides clubs are making.
  • 40 clubs are accredited at Silver and 21 clubs at Bronze.
  • 79 clubs received accreditation from the 79 submissions made.
  • The remaining 38 clubs failed to make an end of year submission this year.
The accredited clubs will be invited to a workshop in February 2017 to receive their awards and get a chance to share ideas with other clubs and coaches. This will be exclusively for Benchmarking Clubs and details of same will be furnished in Shortly.
 It is planned to make the Gold status a realistic target for all clubs by 2020, so there is plenty of time for all clubs to progress. Details on the 2017 programme will be circulated in Feb. Details of the 2016 programme are attached for reference purposes. click here –
Kevin O Callaghan
Cork Games Development Manager

Benchmarking 2020 Vision Accreditation 2016

Gold 2016
Ballincolllig Blackrock Fermoy Nemo Rangers
Ballinora Carrigaline Fr O’Neills Whitechurch
Bandon Carrigtwohill Killeagh Youghal
Bantry Clonakilty Kinsale
Bishopstown Cobh Midleton


Silver 2016
Adrigole Charleville Inniscarra Milford
Aghinagh Clondrohid Kanturk Newcestown
Ballygarvan Clyda Rovers Kilbrittain Newmarket
Ballyhea Courcey Rovers Killavullen Sam Maguires
Barryroe Croke Rovers Kilmeen/Kilbree Shandrum
Blarney Donoughmore Kiltha og Sliabh rua
Brian Dillons Eire Og Kilara Og St Catherines
Carbery Rangers Erins Own Lisgoold Tracton
Castlehaven Gleann na Laoi Macroom Valley Rovers
Castletowneroche Granard Gaels Mallow Watergrasshill


Bronze 2016
Aghada Dripsey Naomh Aban St James
Argideen Rangers Ilen Rovers Oliver Plunkets Tadgh Mac Carthaighs
Buttevant Iveleary Passage Whites Cross
Castlelyons Kildorrery Shanballymore
Cillna Martra Laochra og St Colums
Crosshaven Mhuintir Bhaire St Marks
Non Compliant Clubs 2016