Coach Education





Does your club want a course?

Does your club want to run a course? Have you members in the club who wish to take part in a course?.

These are the steps for clubs to book a course.
Courses can only be booked by email through the Club Secretary or Coaching Officer


Mandatory Coaching Standards

Árd Chomhairle has approved the following standards for Inter-County and Club teams from 2016:

Inter County Management Teams

  • By the 2016 season, all Inter-County Management teams will contain an Award 2 coach. This person would ideally be the head coach. Applications for a derogation can be made to the National Games Development Committee where deemed to be in the best developmental interests of the relevant team.
  • By the start of the 2018 season, all Inter-County Head Coaches will be Award 2 qualified.

Club Management Teams

  • By the 2016 season, all Club Management teams will contain an Award 1 coach. This person would ideally be the head coach.
  •  By the start of the 2018 season, all Club Head Coaches will be Award 1 qualified.

The following initiatives have been prioritised to support the roll out of these standards across the Association.

  1. The delivery mechanisms for the GAA Coach Education Programme to be expanded to include Online (, Communities of Practice and Mentoring.
  2. Recognition of relevant competencies gained through non-GAA programmes or internal programmes, currently not formally linked to the GAA Coach Education Programme, will be facilitated and quality assured.
  3. An assimilation programme will be established to recognise the competencies of managers and coaches who have gained experience and expertise without gaining GAA CEP qualifications to date.

If you or your club wish to avail of the Coaching courses being provided please read the information on the website first before contacting Coach Education Officer Shane Supple at

Coaching Pathway

If you wish to become a coach the following are the steps you need to take in your role as coach, each club will have their own basic guidelines for coaches as a “standard of best practice”, outside of those guidelines, the following are the basic steps required for you to start on the ladder to coaching as an adult. You must meet the criteria involved in each step as you go along, however if you do not hold a Foundation Certificate you can still help out in your local club, but you must have Garda vetting completed and you must complete the Child Welfare & Protection course in your club. It is recommended that you complete the Foundation Course to help give you a better understanding of coaching young players, again this is only a recommendation, but club Guidelines must be adhered to. If your not sure check with your club Coaching Officer.

The recommended steps to your coaching pathway.

  1. Garda Vetting.
  2. Child Welfare & Protection Course.
  3. Foundation Course.
  4. Attend Workshops
  5. Award 1 Course.
  6. Award 2 Course.
  7. Basic First Aid.

Useful Resources

Visit the GAA Learning & Development Community Portal at which has been developed to provide better access to key resources for GAA members and those actively promoting Gaelic Games. Register as a site member and access Education Programmes to support your role as Coach, Referee, Administrator or Player.

Folow us on Twitter for learning & development Updates and News at @GAAlearning

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel at

The GAA also provides a number of physical resources to support volunteers involved in the development of our games. Information on these resources is available below:

Send requests to;
Games Development Department,
Croke Park,
Dublin 3

Cheques can be made payable to the GAA

The Fun Do Learning Resource Pack

The Fun Do Learning Resource Pack contains a series of manuals, DVDs and DVD-ROMs that can be used by parents, coaches and teachers to organise fun filled coaching sessions for primary school aged children.

The pack is divided into separate hurling or football packs, and describes over 500 games and skill development activities that coaches can implement for players from 4 – 12 years.

The Fun Do Pack is available in either hurling or football specific versions through the GAA Games Development office in Croke Park at a cost of €20 per pack.


The OTú CD-ROM is a coach’s resource aimed at coaches of minor/adult players. Released in 2001, the CD is based around the integration of the OTú Coaching Model — the 3Ts (Technical Proficiency, Tactical Awareness and Team Play) and the 3Ps (Physical Fitness, Playing Facts and Psychological Focus).

Games and skill development activities are available across the range of sections of the OTú Model, with former Derry, Donegal, Mayo and current Leitrim coach Mickey Moran devising the advanced drills.

The CD-ROM is available in either hurling or football specific versions through the GAA Games Development office in Croke Park at a cost of €15 per CD.

Payment is by cheque or postal order, made payable to Cumann Lúthchleas Gael. Please note that cash payment will not be accepted.

GAA GamePlanner

The GAA GamePlanner resource is a DVD-ROM which allows coaches to create, save and distribute activities. The resource contains animation and video footage of activities for players aged 13 – 18 years.

The DVD-ROM is contains information on both hurling and football and is available through the GAA Games Development office in Croke Park at a cost of €15 per CD.

GAA Coach Education Manuals

To support the Coach Education programme, a range of manuals have been developed and are available to download.

  • Award 1 Child Coaches manual
  • Award 1 Youth Coaches manual
  • Award 1 Adult Coaches manual
  • Coach Education Game and Skill Cards

The Coach Education materials are available to download free of charge from the Resources and Publications section.


Foundation Course 2018

 All participants must be over 18 years of age

Venue/Club Course Code Course Dates Status
Carrigaline 180107CL Jan 7th & 14th Finished
Ballyhooley 180120BY Jan 20th Finished
Blarney 180110BL Jan 20th Finished
Cloughduv 180113CV Jan 13th & 20th Finished
Carrig na bhFearr 180125CNV Jan 25th & 27th Finished
Bishopstown 180126BN Jan 26th & 27th Finished
Shamrocks 180203SK Feb 3rd Finished
St Catherines 180211SC Feb 17th Finished
Castlelyons 180216CS Feb 16th & 17th Finished
Kildorrery 180211KY Feb 16th & 17th Finished
Canovee 180215CV Thur 1st & Thur 15th Feb Finished
Erins Own 180302EO March 2nd & 3rd Finished
Clann na nGael 180303CL March 3rd Finished
Castlehaven 180301CH March 3rd Finished
Carbery Rangers 180308CR March 8th & 13th Finished
Kilbrittain 180301KB Mar 9th & 10th Finished
Charleville 180309CL Mar 9th & 10th Finished
Kiltha Og 180309KO Mar 9th & 10th Finished
Milford 180309ML Mar 9th & 10th Finished
Ballygarvan 180309BL Mar 9th & 10th Finished
Midleton 180310MD Mar 10th Finished
Laochra Og 180322LO Mar 22nd & 24th Finished
Dromtarriffe 180326DT Mar 26th & 27th Finished
Kilmurry 180326KL Mar 26th & Apr 9th Finished
Blackrock 180327BK 27th March & 3rd April Finished
Killavullen 1800407KV 7th April Finished
Mon AG 180409MAG April 9th & 16th Finished
Croke Rovers 180410CR April 10th & 17th Finished
Glanworth 180413GL April 13th & 14th Finished
St Vincents 180413SV April 13th & 20th Finished
Kinsale 180420KL April 20th & 21st Finished
Eire Og 180420EO April 20th & 21st Finished
West Cork 180423WC April 23rd Finished
Ballincollig 180427BC April 27th & 28th Finished
Douglas 180511DGC May 18th & 25th Finished
St Itas 180203ST May 23rd & 31st Finished
Glanmire 180525GL May 25th & 26th Finished
Cloyne 180525CL May 25th & 26th Finished
East/City – Erins Own 180609EOC Sat 9th June Finished
North Cork – Ballyhea 180609EOC Sat 2nd June Finished


Award 1 Courses 2018

Venue/Club Course Code Course Dates Status
Newtownshandrum A1-180124NS Jan 24th,27th,31st & Feb 3rd Finished
Glenville A1-180129GL Jan 29th Feb 3rd,5th & 10th Finished
Blarney A1-180206BL Feb 7th,10th,14th,17th Finished
Cloughduv A1-180202CV Feb 2nd,3rd,9th &10th Finished
Banteer A1-180215BR Feb 15th,17th,22nd,24th Finished
Mayfield A1-180227MD Mar 9th,10th, 23rd & 24th Finished
Clonakilty A1-180305CY Mar 12th, 24th, 26th & 31st Finished


List of 2017 Courses

Foundation Course completed 2017

Venue/Club Course Code Course Dates Status
Carrigaline 170113CL Jan13 & 20 Finished
Newcestown 170121NT Jan 21st Finished
Blarney 170128BL Jan 28th Finished
Granard Gaels 170204GG Feb 4th Finished
Illen Rovers 170204IL Feb 4th Finished
Clonakilty 1702611CL Feb 6th & 13th Finished
Aghinagh 170219AG Feb 9th & 16th Finished
Glantane 170217GL Feb 17th & 18th Finished
Ballinora 170225BN Feb 25th Finished
Whites Cross 170225WC Feb 25th Finished
Midleton 170227ML Feb 28th & Mar 7th Finished
Valley Rovers 170303VR March 3rd & 4th Finished
Kildorrery 170304KL March 4th Finished
Argideen Rangers 170310AR March 10th & 11th Finished
St Finbarrs 170225SF March 4th Finished
Ballincollig 170325BL March 25th Finished
Buttevant 170323BT March 22nd & 29th Finished
Douglas 170301DG March 31st & April 1st Finished
Newmarket 170407NM April 7th & 8th Finished
Bride Rovers 170421BR April 21st & 24th Finished
Nemo Rangers 170427NR April 27th & 29th Finished
Erins Own 170328EO April 28th & 29th Finished
Cul Camps Mayfield 170701CC July 1st at 10am Finished
Fermoy 171104FY Nov 3rd & 4th Finished
Youghal 171117YL Nov 17th & 18th Finished
Fr O Neills 171106FR Nov 6th,13th,20th Finished
Cobh 171209CH Dec 9th Finished
Lisgoold 171110LD Dec 1st & 2nd Finished

Award 1 Courses 2017

Venue/Club Course Code Course Dates Status
Mitchelstown CBS A1-170109MT Jan 9th 14th 16th & 21st Finished
Kilara Og A1-170206KO Feb 7th 11th 14th & 18th Finished
Carrigtwohill A1-170130CT Feb 20th 23rd 27th & Mar 2nd Finished
Carrigaline A1-170210CL Feb 10th 11th 17th & 18th Finished
Clonakilty A1-170220 WC Feb 20th 27th Mar 6th & 11th Finished
Glantane A1-170313MC Feb 25th Mar 3rd & 4th Finished
Macroom A1-170227EC March 13th 20th 25th & 27th Finished
Teachers Course A1-170227EC Feb 27th 29th Mar 6th & 11th Finished
Valley Rovers A1-170306VR March 6th 13th 20th 27th Finished
Crosshaven A1-170421CH April 21st 22nd 28th 29th Finished
Nemo Rangers A1-171125NR Nov 9th 18th 23rd 25th Finished