Award 1 Course

The Award 1 Coach Education course is the second award on the coaching pathway of Gaelic Games.

The course is aimed at coaches that have progressed through the Foundation Award and have experience as a coach.

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.

The course is 16 hours in duration for a football or hurling course and covers a number of key modules including:

  • M1 Intro
  • M2 Technical Proficiency
  • M3 Tactical Prowess
  • M4 Team Play
  • M5 Physical Fitness
  • M6 Playing Facts
  • M7 Psychological Focus
  • M8 Communication
  • M9 Role of the Coach
  • M10 Conclusion

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.

Course Timetable

A typical Outline of a single code course over 4 sessions  (eg: 2 Tuesday nights and 2 Saturdays)

  • The single Award 1 Course, (hurling or football) is 16 hrs plus added time for breaks

Example of a Single Award 1 Course timetable (16hrs – days & times are only guides)

Session 1 Content Duration Facilities
Tuesday Module 1 Intro 60 mins (1hr) Large Function/Meeting Room
7pm -10pm Module 8 Communication 30 mins (½ hr) For projector, screen/blank wall and seating
Module 9 Role of the Coach 60 mins (1hr) (Not a dressing room)
Session 2 Content Time Facilities
Saturday Module 4 Team Play 150 mins (2½ hrs) Large Hall approx 2 basketball courts in size
9am-2pm Module 5 Physical Fitness 150 mins (2½ hrs) or suitable outdoor area – astro turf or pitch
& access to meeting room / seating etc
Session 3 Content Time Facilities
Tuesday Module 6 Playing Facts 90 mins (1½ hrs) Large Function/Meeting Room
7pm -10pm Module 7 Psychological Focus 90 mins (1½ hrs) For projector, screen/blank wall and seating
(Not a dressing room)
Session 4 Content Time Facilities
Saturday Module 2 Technical Proficiency 150 mins (2½ hrs) Large Hall approx 2 basketball courts in size
9am-3pm Module 3 Tactical Prowess 150 mins (2½ hrs) or suitable outdoor area – astro turf or pitch
Module 10 Conclusion 30 mins (½ hr) & access to meeting room / seating etc

If a club does not have the proper facilities then they should look at holding the course in the local school or suitable venue. Tutors will not be asked to hold a course in a venue thats not suitable.

Coaching Competencies to be developed

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
  • Understand the 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.

Booking a Cork Award 1 Course

  • Award 1 Coaching Courses will be run on a regional basis in 2018/2019
  • The costs for a club running an Award 1 course is €625.  For individuals it is €50 per head.
  • A Deposit & Administration Fee of €25 must be paid online before any course will be registered and tutors assigned.
  • If a club wants to run their own course it must have a venue that is suitable and available to run an Award 1 Course (size 2 – 3 badminton course, access to playing pitch/astro turf and a suitable meeting room with space for 20 people plus – not a dressing room or storage room) There is no guarantee that we will be able to run the course if dates facilities etc dont suit.
  • Award 1 Courses can be done over 2 weeknights and two Saturdays
  • All applicants must have completed a Certified Foundation Course first.
  • If there are free places on a course they may be filled by outside coaches if required.
  • If a club wants to host an Award 1 course and has around 15 participants and all facilities required, the Club Secretary/Club Coaching Officer must contact Coach Education Officer Shane Supple at shane.supple.gda.cork@gaa.ie .
  • A course must be booked at least 4 weeks prior to a start date.
  • If an individual wants to take part in an Award 1 course being run outside their own club then they must contact the secretary of the club running the course and enquire if they have places available and book through them.

Guideline & Requirements for Award 1 Course Certification

  1. Any person wishing to receive an Award 1 Certificate must be registered through Elearning.ie first
  2. Any person wishing to receive an Award 1 Certificate must provide proof from the club Coaching Officer that they have assisted in a minimum of 15 coaching/training sessions as a certified Foundation coach with their club. (A letter on headed paper signed by the Coaching Officer stating the location, dates and times these sessions took place will be required) This does not stop anyone from doing the course, this is to receive your Certificate afterwards
  3. Any Person wishing to receive Award 1 Certificate must attend at least 2 workshops run by Cork Coaching & Games during the year. Registration at Workshop on the night will suffice
  4. Any Person wishing to receive Award 1 Certificate must provide proof from the club Coaching Officer that they have completed the “Child Protection Awareness Workshop”.(A letter on headed paper signed by the Coaching Officer stating the location, date and time this workshop took place will be required) This does not stop anyone from doing the course, this is to receive your Certificate afterwards
  5. Any Person wishing to receive Award 1 Certificate must provide proof of Garda Vetting. Notification from club secretary or Coaching Officers stating you have done Garda Vetting will suffice This does not stop anyone from doing the course, this is to receive your Certificate afterwards
  6. Any Person wishing to receive Award 1 Certificate must complete all modules of the course.
  7. Any Person wishing to receive Award 1 Certificate must be over 18 years of age.
  8. Any Person wishing to receive Award 1 Certificate must supply to the course tutor the following information. Name, Club, Email. (without this information your Cert cannot be processed)
  9. All applicants must have completed a Certified Foundation Course first.
  10. Complete payment for the course by the individual or club.

Guideline on registration to enrol for course on Learning .ie

The following is a list of instructions on how to register and enrol on a course on www.learning.gaa.ie:

  1. Go to the learning.gaa.ie
  2. Open an account on GAA E-Learning Portal by clicking on ‘Register’ in the top right hand corner:
  3. Fill in details, i.e. Name, email address and a Password of your choice. Note the email address must a legitimate email address and unique to you. The password must have at least 8 characters, at least 1 digit(s), at least 1 lower case letter(s), at least 1 upper case letter(s).
  4. A confirmation email will be sent to your email address. You will need to follow the instructions of this email to complete registration. (NB Some confirmation emails are arriving in Spam/Junk mailboxes).
  5. When you are redirected back into the site, the user will be asked to accept a Site Policy Agreement – it is important you read this policy and agree to the statements if you wish to continue using the site and gain course certification.
  6. If you agree you will be directed to your personal ‘Profile’ where you will be asked to input some personal details such as address, date of birth and Club.

To Access your Course (you must be registered and logged in to proceed)

  1. You can access your course in 1 or 2 ways.
    • Either you have been provided with a link to the course which will bring you directly to it
    • Or your tutor will provide you with a code similar to GAA0UD0011 which you type into the search box in the elearning section of the website. (Click the Black Elearning Button on the Top Right hand side to access this part of the site.)

Click to Enrol when prompted.

Award 1 Course 2019

Venue/Club Course Code Course Dates Status
Killavullen (Hurling) A1-190118KV Jan 18th,19th 25th & 26th To be Confirmed
St Marks A1-190118SM Jan 18th,19th 25th & 26th To be Confirmed
Blarney (Hurling) A1-190201BL Feb 1st,2nd, 8th & 9th To be Confirmed

Note: Dates & Times may change so please check with club holding course for confirmation.
Fee: €50 per person to be paid on or before registration

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If you wish to take part in any of these courses please contact the secretary of the club where you wish to do the course and book through them or to pay for a course and reserve your place and book in please go to our Award 1 Course Payment page Click Here

Note: If we do not have sufficient numbers to run a course we may have to move a course. If you have pre-booked and paid in advance you will get preference on the choice of the nearest and next available course. 

If a club wants to book an Award 1 course please get the Coaching Officer or Club Secretary to email Shane Supple first. If your club are not running an Award 1 course and you wish to take part in a course outside your club, please send an email to shane.supple.gda.cork@gaa.ie  including the following information, the course you wish to attend, with your name, club & your email.

Completed 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

Completed 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