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.
- The delivery mechanisms for the GAA Coach Education Programme to be expanded to include Online (learning.gaa.ie), Communities of Practice and Mentoring.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Foundation Courses click here
- Award 1 Course click here
- Award 2 Course click here
- Workshops Click here
- Coaching Tips Click here
- Tutors Resources click here
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.
- Garda Vetting.
- Child Welfare & Protection Course.
- Foundation Course.
- Attend Workshops
- Award 1 Course.
- Award 2 Course.
- Basic First Aid.
Visit the GAA Learning & Development Community Portal at learning.gaa.ie 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 https://www.youtube.com/user/LearningGAA
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,
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
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.
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.
List of 2017 Courses
Please go to the relevant page to book a course or to learn more about those courses
Foundation Course 2017
|Venue/Club||Course Code||Course Dates||Status|
|Carrigaline||170113CL||Jan13 & 20||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|
|Whites Cross||170225WC||Feb 25th||Finished|
|Midleton||170227ML||Feb 28th & Mar 7th||Finished|
|Valley Rovers||170303VR||March 3rd & 4th||Finished|
|Argideen Rangers||170310AR||March 10th & 11th||Finished|
|St Finbarrs||170225SF||March 4th||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|
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|