INTERVIEW WITH CORK CITY/NORTH SIDE GDA SEAN CROWLEY
In last months issue we focused on Kevin O Callaghan, Cork Games Manager. We now
turn our attention to the GDA’s. Sean Crowley is the GDA for Cork City North Side. We caught up with Sean to get an inisght in to his role as a GDA as well as being Coach Education
“Games Development Administrator – where I support all the clubs in the region. On a day to day basis I help out clubs that have primary school coaching programmes, offer assistance to new club school link coaches that are coaching in primary schools for the first time and help to get new club school link coaches active in the primary schools with workshops and practical on sight help in the initial stages”
Sean has also set up Post Primary School Coaching iniatives in East Cork which are detailed below. At club level Sean has overseen the Monster Blitz Programme for East Cork since March which involves providing games to all clubs in hurling and football at u8, u9, & u10 levels. “I act as Coach Education Coordinator for Cork. I essentially set out our workshops and accredited courses ( foundation & award one) calendar for the year and handle all the administration that goes with that”
Achievements to date?
In the past 2 years there has being a lot of progress in getting support into a number of Post Primary schools in the region to take pressure off the teachers. Midleton Community college and Midleton CBS benefitted from Niall McCarthy coaching in the schools last year. For the season coming, Noel O Brien is assisting the Midleton Community college, and Gavin Webb, is helping out in the Glanmire Schools, Ciaran O Brien is helping out in Youghal with the Harty team, and Martin Barry is helping out in the Midelton CBS with the 1st years.
There are over 70 1st years this year in the CBS and without Martins help it would not be possible for all the boys to play hurling this year for the school. I would be happy that most GAA clubs in the region are actively involved in the local schools with coaching and blitz days. Last year all but 2 clubs provided coaching to the local school for a number of weeks.
Challenges facing you as East Cork GDA?
“Maintaining the high standard of primary school coaching and keeping a foothold in the Post Primary schools are what Sean feels as the main tasks”. However as with all GDA’s maintaining strong links with the clubs through the network of Coaching officers will be crucial also.