Cork GAA Coaching Update Feb 18th 2016

Open Session U13 Cork GAA (20) Cork GAA Coaching(i) Open Sessions for U13 players (Born 2003)

Many thanks to all clubs that submitted contact details for players for tomorrow’s initial open U13 sessions across the county. Almost 800 names were supplied by almost ninety clubs. Sessions will run under the guidance of the GDAs throughout the county over the next two days. Click here to see this week’s correspondence to clubs:


(ii) Coaching Benchmarks 2020

The 2016 targets for Rebel Óg Coaching Benchmarks 2020 will be launched on march 1st and registration for this year’s entrants will run throughout the month of March before the April 1st deadline for entry. A few minor changes have been made to this year’s programme including the introduction of a logbook to make recording as simple as possible for coaching officers. For further details click here:


(iii) 2016 Monster Blitzes Update

This year’s Monster Blitz dates are now confirmed.  Please go to the following link for details:

Dates are similar to previous years, with one significant change to the programme. In mid-summer, the main age groups will change from U8 & U10 to U7 & U9. In previous years we have found that the U10s outgrew the blitzes as the season progressed, so this year they will be diverted towards mini Go Games leagues organised locally. With regard to venues for the coming year, we hope to continue to use the outstanding central venues that served us well over the past few seasons. However, if other clubs would like to host a blitz on a given date, please go to the following link before the end of the month and fill out the relevant details:


Finally, U9 blitzes are scheduled thoughout the year for clubs with large playing numbers that cannot be catered for on their U10 panels. Colm Crowley is coordinating a series of blitzes for these teams on the dates listed. To enter this programme for the year go to the following link Colm will be hosting a meeting for these clubs on Thursday, March 3rd and will notify them accordingly once they register.

(iv) Upcoming Coaching Courses

Current list here:

(v) Upcoming Coaching Workshops

With huge numbers attending Dr. Wesley O’Brien’s recent series of workshops on physical development and Martin Fogarty’s hurling workshop in Mallow, recently, further workshops are scheduled for the coming weeks. Click here for further details:

  • Football Workshop with Sean Dempsey in Mallow on TONIGHT, Friday, February 19th

A former manager of the Laois Senior Football team, Sean coached the Laois Minors to an All Ireland title in 2003 and managed the Laois U21s to successive Leinster titles in 2006 and 2007. He will guide coaches through a session on how to develop individual & team attacking prowess through games based training.

Date; Friday, February 19th

Time; 7.30pm

Venue; Mallow GAA Complex

Fee: €10
To register: to reserve places or book online

  • Nursery Workshops with Wesley O’Brien

Creative Ideas and Modified Games GAA Nursery Workshops through Fundamental Movement & Skills with Dr. Wesley O’Brien of UCC will be taking place in both Mallow and Clonakilty over the coming month.

Date; Saturday, February 27th

Time; 4 – 5:30pm

Venue; Mallow GAA Complex

Fee; €10
To register: to reserve places or book online

Date; Wednesday, March 9th

Time; 7.30-9pm

Venue; Clonakilty

Fee; €10
To register: to reserve places or book online

  • Warm-up Drills Workshops for Club Coaches…

                 with Liam O’Reilly, Willie Frawley and Dr. Declan Bowler, March 7th, 14th & 21st

Much research has been undertaken in recent years with regard to the effectiveness of warm ups. In Cork this particular warm up has been researched and designed to prove that the exercises will reduce occurrence of injuries in players once implemented over a period of time. This warm-up will be presented by Liam O’Reilly and Willie Frawley at a series of workshops across the county in March.

Monday March 7th in Mallow

Monday March 14th in Cork City Venue

Monday, March 21st in Clonakilty

Time; 7pm – 9pm, nightly

Fee: €10
Registration to follow


(vi) Rebel Og Academy Development Squads

During the past week extended county panels assembled in both football and hurling from U14 to U16.

In football a Cork East U14 selection played Cork West in a trial game with players picked from the four different regions. This was followed by two games versus Waterford with further players involved. Across the three games over 100 players got the chance to impress the selectors.

At U15 level a panel of 60 players were in the Mardyke Arena on Wednesday for initial testing for the first time and went home with a beginner programme to work on. Meanwhile the U16 were in Kinsale on Monday morning where 25 players trained, while a further 40 players played in a trial game. On Wednesday the squad was in the Mardyke, where skills raining was held on the astro followed by testing after lunch where players were given differentiated programmes based on their result.

In hurling, U15 and U16 players also assembled for testing during the week on a similar basis to the footballers while the inter-regional finals at U14 and U15 fell foul of the weather. Regional sessions at various age levels took place.

Le meas,

Caoimhín Ó Donnabháin, Oifigeach Oiliúna

Kevin O’Donovan, County Coaching Officer.

Ph. 086-7753567.