2017 Benchmarking Awards Conference 24/02/18

Jason Ryan Coaching at Cork Rebel Og Coaching Benchmarking Conference in Pairc Ui ChaoimhOn 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. Our first workshop of the day for our club Coaches  started at 10am with Jason Ryan ex manager of Wexford & Kildare who was on hand to provide a practical demonstration involving the basic skills of football.

Helping him out for this session was a young U14 football team from Mayfield, who were on the field and ready for action. With a wireless headset Jason, while putting the lads through their paces was able to explain different techniques and drills to the large crowd of coaches in the stand overlooking the 4G pitch.

Dr Ed Coughlan CIT at Cork Rebel Og Coaching Benchmarking Conference in Pairc Ui ChaoimhAfter approx 45 minutes Jason finished his practical demonstration and the rather grateful crowd were able to escape the cold breeze from the stands to the relative warmth of one of the main conference suites in the main stand where our second practical workshop took place. Dr Ed Coughlan from Cork Institute Technology gave a great presentation on skill acquisition for young players. This led to a great question and answer session whre club coaches were able to discuss and learn from each other some of the techniques and skills Dr Ed was talking about. This engaging presentation had everyone ready to head home and put his teaching to the test, but thankfully every one stayed on to watch ex Cork senior hurling manager, Kieran Kingston giving the third practical workshop on the G4 pitch.

Kieran Kingston coaching the Cork regional U16 players at the 2017 Benchmarking Conference in Pairc Ui Chaoimh CorkKieran was assisted on the day by one of our U16 development squads and he put them through their paces covering the defensive skills of hurling. Again it was great for the coaches to see and hear Kieran (who was using a wireless headset microphone) as he ran the young players through various drills and exercises on the 4G pitch. It was great to be able to hear what he was trying to teach the young players on the field and then watch the drills being carried out from the great vantage point in the stands. His method of coaching was very simple in that he called the players in close explained what he wanted them to do and then he ran that drill, all the time the club coaches could hear what was being said to the players and then they could watch the drill unfold and follow the process of coaching from one of our top coaches in Cork

Once this was finished everyone headed back up to the conference suite where the presentation of the Awards was taking place. 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 in Cork.

Noel Crowley, Kieran Kingston & Brendan Healy

Once Noel Crowley received his presentation it was then the turn of the clubs coaching officers to pick up their awards starting with the Bronze section then the Silver and finishing with the Gold winners. Each club received their Benchmarking Certificate, a log book for next year’s Benchmarking and the Rebel Og Club Manual from Coaching Officer Ronan Dwane and Kevin O’Callaghan Games Manager Once the awards had been received it was then time for some refreshments with tea, coffee and sandwiches on offer before everyone headed home.

This year we had a huge increase in award winners across all three sections with Bronze Awards going to 32 clubs, Silver Awards to 25 clubs and Gold Awards to 28 clubs. Well done to all.  A special word of thanks to all the staff in Pairc Ui Chaoimh who were helpful as always and to our three guests Jason Ryan, Dr Ed Coughlan and Kieran Kingston.

Photos from the 2017 Benchmarking Conference and Awards


Bronze Targets

‘Primary School Coaching & Games Programme’

  • All schools in club catchment area
  • Schools coaching plan including Heads of Agreement
  • Minimum coaching requirement
    • Junior Infants to 2nd class must be covered (boys & girls)
    • ‘A standard’ 8 hurling & 8 football coaching sessions
    • ‘B standard’ 6 hurling & 6 football coaching sessions
    • ‘C standard’ 4 hurling & 4 football coaching sessions
    • Boys & girls must be coached in mixed schools
  • Minimum games requirement
    • 2 Club-School blitzes annually (1 at the end of each coaching block)
    • hosted at Club grounds – all schools in club catchment area invited


Silver Targets

‘Child Player Coaching & Games Programme’ – 5-12 year olds

  • Child player coaching plan for 5 to 12 year olds
  • Minimum games requirement
    • 16 x U12 matches; 12 x Official Monster U10 blitzes; 12 x Official Monster U8 blitzes
  • Young Referees
    • Clubs to bring at least one ‘Young Whistler’ to each of the above Monster blitzes
  • Mid-term Camp
    • Mini-Easter or Halloween Camp (minimum two days) for Child Players
  • Coach Education
    • organise three workshops for Child player coaches annually
    • this may include Foundation and Code of Ethics courses


Gold Targets

‘Youth Player Coaching & Games Programme’

  • Youth Player Coaching Plan
  • Minimum games requirement
    • 20 x U14 matches; 20 x U16 matches; 20 x U18 matches
  • Coach Education
    • organise three workshops for Youth player coaches annually
    • this may include Award 1 or Award 2 courses
  • Physical development programme
    • 6 week Academy programme for youth players – content provided by GDAs, devised by Mardyke Arena & Dr. Wesley O’Brien
  • Active Post Primary schools liaison officer
    • Serve on local post primary schools committee
  • Academies
    • Submission of names for U13 Academy registration and participation by players on Regional and County squads, if selected


Benchmarking Clubs – Whats in it for our club?

Clubs who entered Benchmarking 2020 in 2017, will be eligible for the following benefits in 2018.

  • Priority access to Pairc Ui Chaoimh Initiatives e.g. Monster Blitzes,Go Games Blitzes
  • Eligibility to apply for U12 Croke Park Day
  • Additional Cul Camp Gear
  • Access to Munster Stadium days
  • Application for Half Time games of County & Club games in Cork
  • Entry to the Hurling and Football Go Games Summer leagues for 2018
  • Entry to Munster U15 Super 10’s Competition
  • Access to the Rebel Og Coaching and Munster Coaching Conferences in Pairc Ui Chaoimh
  • Primary school Coaching and Games supports
  • Club Support via Workshops and other initiatives run by Rebel Og Coaching
  • Club bookings for Coach Education Courses (Foundation & Award 1)

For your club to avail of these opportunities they will need to be in the Benchmarking process.

Benchmarking 2020 Vision Accreditation 2017

Benchmarking Awards 2017 – Gold





Nemo Rangers






Sam Maguires





Fr O’Neills







Sliabh Rua






Valley Rovers



Bantry Blues










Benchmarking Awards 2017 – Silver




Ilen Rovers




Aghinagh Football Club













Clyda Rovers






Eire Og


Passage West




Gleann Na Laoi

Kiltha Og

St Catherines 

Benchmarking Awards 2017 – Bronze


Argideen Rangers



St James 





Mitchelstown- Ballygiblin

St. Michaels 



Banteer – Lyre


Muintir Bhaire Og 

St Oliver Plunketts 



Brian Dillons


Na Piarsaigh 

St. Vincents




Gabriel Og

Naomh Colm 

St. Finbarr’s 





O’Donovan Rossa 

Whites Cross



Cill na Martra


Shanballymore Juvenile




Clann na nGael

Laochra Óg

St Colmans

Clubs who applied for Benchmarking in 2017 but didn’t meet the minimum requirements








Erins Own


Tadhg Maccarthaighs






Uibh Laoire



Cil Mhicil












Courcey Rovers


Sliabh Luachra Gaels


Many thanks to coaches and officers at all levels, as well as our own GDAs, for organising and supporting the numerous activities organised under the Rebel Óg Coaching banner in 2017. A particular word of thanks to all club coaching officers who work so hard to improve coaching standards and structures in their clubs throughout the county. It is planned to make the Gold status a realistic target for all clubs by 2020, so there is plenty of time for all clubs to progress. Details on our Benchmarking can be found here