GAA Foundation Course

The GAA Foundation Course is the first step in coaching at any age level. Foundation Courses are open to all Clubs, Schools, Individuals & Sporting organisations. With legislation now in place its advisable that all adult mentors and coaches of teams must have a minimum of Foundation Course completed before they can become a coach.

This also applies to Cul Camps, Easter Camps & Halloween Camps etc. (this does not apply to younger club members helping out at these camps – they can do the Emerging Coaches Course) . There must be a certified Coach in charge at all times for any club activity involving games, training or camp activities.

Since May 2018 the GAA have changed the registration for courses etc so in order to take part in a course in your local club you must register at the 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. You register as a site member and then can you gain access to our Coach Education Programmes which will help support your role as Coach, Referee, Administrator or Player.

The Foundation Course is also the first step in progressing to Award 1 and Award 2. Going forward clubs will have to have coaches qualified at Award 1 or Award 2 involved in their adult teams to comply with legislation. As a “Foundation Coach” you must be either coaching/assisting or actively involved with an underage team & you must attend a minimum of 2 workshops provided by Cork Coaching & Games throughout the year.

The Foundation Award course is aimed at beginner coaches and will enable participants to assist a coach in the organisation of activities to develop Hurling or Gaelic football. The course is 7 ½ hours in duration (or 9 hours for dual hurling and football course) and covers 4 key modules, as well as Introductory and Conclusion modules.

These 4 modules are:

• Introduction to Games

• Skill Development

• Movement Skills

• Coaching Children, Youths and Adults

The focus of the course is the 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 movement skills.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

• Assist a coach in organising a programme of Games and Skill Development activities appropriate to each participants needs and abilities

• Identify the Skills of Hurling and Gaelic Football

• Assist a coach in organising progressive activities (drills and fun games) to develop 5 key skills

• Assist a coach in organising progressive activities to develop movement skills appropriate to Gaelic games

• Assist a coach in organising and managing players for an effective practice session

• Demonstrate the How to Coach Skills – Build Rapport, Observe, Analyse, Explain, Provide Demonstration and Provide Positive Feedback to Players

Clubs/Schools/Groups

If your club wishes to run a Foundation Coaching Course in the 7 month period between October and April contact your club secretary first. Your club secretary will have to contact Coach Education Officer Shane Supple to check availability and book your course at shane.supple.gda.cork@gaa.ie.

A course can only be booked by the club secretary through Shane Supple. The course fees are €250 per course, payable before the course starts. If a school wishes to run a Foundation course pleases contact Shane Supple Coach Education Officer Shane Supple at shane.supple.gda.cork@gaa.ie

Guideline & Requirements for Foundation Course Certification

• Since May 2018 the GAA have changed the registration for courses etc so in order to take part in a course in your local club you must register at the 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. You register as a site member and then can you gain access to our Coach Education Programmes which will help support your role as Coach, Referee, Administrator or Player.

• Any person wishing to receive a Foundation Certificate must provide proof from the club Coaching Officer that they have assisted in a minimum of 8 coaching/training sessions 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
Download form here Foundation Course Coaching Officer verification form 2017

• Any Person wishing to receive a Foundation Certificate must attend at least 2 workshops run by Cork Coaching & Games during the year. Registration at Workshop on the night will suffice

• Any Person wishing to receive a Foundation 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.  Download form here Foundation Course Child Protection Awarness Workshop verification form 2017

• Any Person wishing to receive a Foundation 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

• Any Person wishing to receive a Foundation Certificate must complete all modules of the course.

• Any Person wishing to receive a Foundation Certificate must be over 18 years of age.

• Any Person wishing to receive a Foundation Certificate must supply to the course tutor the following information. Name,  Club, Email. (without this information your Cert cannot be processed)

• Complete payment for the course by the individual or club.

*It is up to the participant to complete and provide all of the above before you will receive your Foundation Certificate.

**If you are not a member of a club ie: teacher or person in 3rd level education you can still attend a course but please contact Shane Supple regarding your circumstances.

Guideline on registration to enrol for Foundation 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.

 

Foundation Courses for Clubs

Courses are run for 7 months of the year so if your club wishes to complete a Foundation Coaching Course during any the following months October, November, December, January, February, March & April the club secretary will have to book your course with Coach Education Officer Shane Supple at shane.supple.gda.cork@gaa.ie at least 4 weeks in advance of your course.

• Your club has to have a minimum of 12 participants to run a course

• Participants must be Over 18 years of age to complete a GAA run Foundation Course. Students can take part in courses run in Schools for TY.

• Participants who do not complete the full course will not receive certification

• The cost of a Foundation Course for a club is €250 for up to 20 participants.

• A Deposit & Administration Fee of €25 must be paid online before any course will be registered and tutors assigned.

• If your club will have more than 20 participants the cost will be €450 as two tutors are required

• All payments for courses are to be paid in advance of course beginning

• Please let Shane Supple know the number of participants you believe you club will have for your course when you are booking

• Bookings are to be made by email through your club secretary only.

• The Foundation Coaching Course is 9 hours for a Dual Course and 7.5 hours for a single code

• The course can be done in the following formats: 3 hrs on a Friday night and 6 hrs on the Saturday OR over 2 weeknights either in the same week or spread out over 2 or 3 weeks

• When you are booking please give details of which format you would like and what date you would like

• Dates will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so we cannot guarantee the date you are looking for

Please refer to Guideline & Requirements for Foundation Course Cerification which applies to anyone wishing to take a course

Facilities for a GAA Foundation Course

To run a GAA Foundation Course in your club you will need the following facilities

• Clubs need a hall minimum 2 badminton courts in size (preferably bigger)

• Clubs need a meeting room capable of holding the number of people who will be doing the course

• Access to a Pitch or Astro Turf area or Training pitch will be needed.

Individual Bookings

If your club does not have 12 participants to run your own course or you are not a member of your local GAA Club we can still accommodate you

• Individuals can email Coach Education Officer Shane Supple at shane.supple.gda.cork@gaa.ie with their names and include the following details – Name, Club, Mobile Number and Email Address and the course they wish to attend.

• Club secretaries can also email Coach Education Officer Shane Supple at shane.supple.gda.cork@gaa.ie with the Names, Club & Email Addresses of members of their club who wish to do a Foundation Course

• The cost for an individual is €20

• Payment by individuals is to be made at the course they attend or they can pay online before hand

• If payment is not secured participants cannot complete the course and will not receive certification

• Participants must be over 18 years of age to complete a GAA run Foundation Course. Students can take part in courses run in Schools for TY or the Emerging Coaches Course.

• Participants who do not complete the course will not receive certification

• After individuals names are submitted they will be contacted as to what club course they can attend

• We will endeavor to place individuals on club courses convenient to them

If there are no club courses suitable and if numbers suffice a course will be organised for these individuals at a convenient location. Please refer to Guideline & Requirements for Foundation Course Cerification which applies to anyone wishing to take a course

GAA Foundation Course for Schools

If a school wishes to run a Transition Year Students Foundation course or the Emerging Coaches Course pleases contact Shane Supple Coach Education Officer Shane Supple at shane.supple.gda.cork@gaa.ie or your local GDA.

 

Child Protection Awareness Workshop

As part of the basic GAA Approved Foundation/Award 1 course, each person must complete a “Child Protection Awareness Workshop” before they receive certification and its up to the club to provide this workshop for participants. If any club or individual’s are taking part in a GAA Foundation Course they must also complete a Child Protection Workshop before they can receive certification for Foundation Courses.

For more information please follow this link Child Protection Awareness

Foundation Courses will be added to this list as they become available.

 

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 Running
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
Whitechurch 181019WC Fri 19th Oct & Sat 20th Oct Running
Grenagh 181012GR Fri 16th & Sat 17th Nov Running
Aghabullogue 181115AB Thur 15th Nov & Sat 17th Nov Running

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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 in 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