Cork GAA Coaching Update March 2018

Rebel Óg Coaching

2018 has gotten off to a great start with many different things happening in our clubs and county calendars. There has been a lot of hard work done by our Juvenile clubs, getting our young players ready for the season ahead with good progress being made to ensure our young players receive lots of good coaching, playing time, matches, four our up and coming Go Games leagues and Blitzes our Easter Camps, Summer Camps and Cul Camps, and with good support structures, Workshops, Coach Education etc in place for all the parents, mentors, coaches, volunteers and committee members involved it makes 2018 an exciting prospect.


(i) Benchmarking Awards

On Sat 24th Feb in Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Rebel Og Coaching held their 2017 Benchmarking Awards Conference. With over 105 clubs present on the day there was a large crowd of Coaching Officers and club coaches present. Jason Ryan ex manager of Wexford & Kildare was on hand to provide a practical demonstration involving the basic skills of football.  Dr Ed Coughlan from CIT gave a great presentation on skill acquisition for young players and ex Cork senior hurling manager, Kieran Kingston ran one of the U16 development squads through their paces covering the defensive skills of hurling.

On the day there was one special award which preceded everything else and this was for our surprised GPO Noel Crowley who was retiring after many years of fantastic service to Cork GAA and the young Cork teams in and around Cork, Noel who for the last number of years was in charge of our very successful Cul Camps, the Lord Mayors Cup, and involved with many schools and clubs in Cork was and continues to be a huge asset to Cork GAA and we thank him for his many years of service, advice and input working with the GDA’s

For more information on our Benchmarking Awards follow this link

(ii) Munster Council Club Forum Held in Pairc Ui Chaoimh

On Saturday Morning 20th Jan 2018, Cork’s Pairc Ui Chaoimh became the host venue for over 300 club members from Cork, Waterford, Kerry, Limerick, Clare and Tipperary at this years Munster Club Forum. Pat O Shea (Munster Coaching & Games Development) welcomed everyone on the day and gave a brief outline of what was happening he then called on Jerry O’Sullivan, Cathaoirleach Comhairle na Mumhan to give the opening address.

Guest speakers on the day Derek McGrath (Waterford Senior Hurling Manager), Fionn Fitzgerald (Kerry Senior Footballer), Michael Quirke (Former Kerry Senior Footballer), Kieran Leddy (Operations Manager with Munster GAA),  Paudie Butler (Former National Director of Hurling) . Kevin O’Donovan (Former Cork GDA and Cork County Coaching Officer), Stephen McDonnell (Cork Senior Hurling Captain 2017) and Liam Lenihan (Cathaoirleach Munster GDA). Garryspillane GAA Club in County Limerick  and Laune Rangers GAA club in County Kerry gave presentation on their respective clubs

A big well done must go to Pat O Shea and Joey Carton who were the main organisers of this Munster Club Forum and of course all the GDA’s from Munster who were there on the day to help make sure everything ran smoothly and efficiently. To the staff in Pairc Ui Chaoimh well done and thank you it was an ideal venue for such a great conference.

For more photos and information on the event click here

(iii) U7-U8 Go Games Monster Blitz Dates and Schedule for 2018 finalised. 

U7-U8 Go Games Dates and Schedule for 2018 finalised.

Venues at U7/U8 subject to change based on availability.

We are expecting to host over 9,000 games in 2018 between U7 and U8 and our other Under age Go Games Leagues.

 Click here for more information


(iv) Go Games U9, U10 & U11 Leagues.

For 2018, Rebel óg Coaching are to continue with developing the Go Games Structure to provide a suitable Games Program for all boys from U7 to U11. With this in mind, we have decided to make it a year long league for U9 (only boys born in 2009 are eligible for this league, U8s are not allowed as they will have blitzes the same days) and U10 teams in 2018. U8s and U7s will remain at the Monster Blitz stage.

Courses and referees training workshops have been run in the different areas over the last number of weeks to help our mentors at the U7 to U11 Go Games

Last thing to note, U8, U9 and U10 matches are going to be scheduled for Saturday mornings, Monster Blitz at 10.15, U9 at 11am and U10 at 12.15pm, so pitches will be available at different times for games.

For more information on any of our upcoming leagues please click the relevant link

U9 Leagues

U10 Leagues

U11 Leagues




(v) Development Squad News

2018 has started well with our regional squads involved in our Inter Regional Finals  at U14, U15 and U16 in both Football and Hurling.

With the new G4 pitch available in Pairc Ui Chaoimh this year we have been able to run off our Inter Regional games each week during Jan and Feb with no disruption to our timetable.

It was great to see so many young players availing of the fantastic facilities in Pairc ui Chaoimh with games running every weekend and during the Mid Term break there were games at all age groups daily. For more information on our squads please visit our website 


(vi) Coach Education

With a total of 24 foundations courses and 7 Award 1 courses held since the start of 2018, Coach Education in Cork is in a strong position going into the year ahead. With new legislation in place with Garda Vetting, Child Welfare etc clubs are making sure that their mentors are all fully certified and able to help coach our young teams in our clubs. The clubs who completed or have scheduled to complete Coaching courses before our season cut off date of May this year are as follows

Foundation Courses completed or scheduled for 2018

Carrig na bhFearr
St Itas
St Catherines
Erins Own
Clann na nGael
Carbery Rangers
Kiltha Og
Laochra Og
Croke Rovers

Award 1 Courses 2018


More information can be found on our website just follow the link below


(viii) News Roundup

GDA Progress
Progress in the last 10 years has been vast without ever getting much acclaim as people look at counties such as Dublin, who have a huge number of full-time staff, as do many other counties, when compared to Cork. In 2007, Cork had two games promotion officers in place,Tom Nott, and Noel Crowley, who has since retired.

In 2007 a new games development administrator position was created and Kevin O’Callaghan filled this role before going on to be appointed games manager in 2009.  We now have six GDA’s Sean Crowley, Pauide O’Brien, Colm Crowley, James McCarthy, Pat Spratt & Shane Supple working on the ground in Cork, along with our GPO and our two third—level officers, John Grainger in UCC and Keith Ricken in CIT.

Go Games Matches & Blitzes.
Our new schedule of games has been announced with many clubs taking part in this years Monster Blitzes, and Go Games Leagues at U9, U10 & U11.

Cul Camps
Our Cul Camp numbers for the year 2017 were again quite high with almost every club in the County running a Cul Camp.We had 116 Cul Camps 19,500 Children took part with over 1,400 Coaches aided by 3,200 Assistant coaches. These figures are larger every year and Cul Camps are a great way for clubs to help the young players take part have fun during the summer months. This year we expect the numbers to remain high and Cul Camp Coordinator Paudie O Brien will be contacting clubs to inform them of the new changes taking place for administrators in clubs.

Primary School Coaching by clubs
265 Primary Schools receive schools coaching under the Benchmark 2020 Vision Accredited Program. Clubs are doing great work in this area considering new legislation that has come into effect re Garda Vetting, Child Welfare courses and Certified Coaching courses.

Club Coaching Officers
As a relatively new role in our Juvenile Clubs The Coaching Officer is the main point of contact for our GDA’s and we have increased to over 90 Coaching Officers in our clubs with more clubs electing a coaching officer at their Annual General Meeting.

Our Benchmarking 2020 Vision Initiative challenges clubs to develop their coaching structures and provides a pathway for them to develop through the bronze, silver and gold categories. To date, we have 28 clubs accredited in the gold category up 10 from last year, and it is hoped that by 2020 there will be over 80 clubs at gold standard.

When one looks at participation figures, there are some interesting changes. While the statistics show serious progress, the real impact of investment in full—time coaches is seen through workshops with club coaches and the coaching of best-practice that help volunteers improve the effectiveness of their own sessions and produce better players.

For More information on all our activities, courses, workshops conferences etc for 2018 please visit our website


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