Cork GAA Coaching Update Feb 2017

(i) Benchmarking 2020 Vision Accreditation

The winners of accreditation for 2016 were announced in December with a total of 79 clubs gaining the prestigious quality mark. This five year programme was launched in the spring of 2015 and provides a template for best practice in coaching, promoting maximum participation and optimal playing standards in juvenile clubs throughout Cork city and county. The programme includes minimum requirements for entry, with subsequent progression to Bronze, Silver or Gold targets, which clubs would strive to achieve with the assistance of their local GDA. Following a review by the GDAs and Games Manager, the results for 2016 can be found here 

* 79 submissions from a total of 122 entries at the start of the 2016

* An increase of 6 gold clubs in 2015 to 18 in 2016 demonstrating the huge strides clubs are making.

* 40 clubs are accredited at Silver and 21 clubs at Bronze.

* 79 clubs received accreditation from the submissions made.

The remaining 43 clubs failed to make an end of year submission. The accredited clubs will be recognised at a conference on the 11th February in Nemo Rangers where they will have 3 workshops followed by presentation of certificates for 2016 accreditation. 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 the 2017 programme can be found here

(ii) National Coaching Conference Review

Our coaching staff were in Croke Park on the 6th/7th January for the National Coaching Conference. A big line up of speakers addressed over 700 delegates from around the country. For club coaches in Cork we have summarised some of the key messages that coaches should keep in mind when dealing with players.

  • Sessions have to be varied and challenge players.
  • Coaches should design sessions with the players enjoyment and needs in mind.
  • Coaches are asked to remember, they are coaching people not robots and the coaches who get the most out of their players build relationships with individuals.
  • Players develop better games sense when coaches do less drills and more games in training. Examples were given of coaches playing 6v5 or 4v3 games to challenge players.
  • Observation of youth coaches training sessions found that most players are standing around inactive far too long and are always being told what to do rather than being asked questions about how to resolve game scenarios.

Another notable event at the Conference was the launch of the Play Us App by Bantry Club member Mark O’Donovan (pictured above). This App helps clubs to arrange challenge matches with minimum effort.

(iii) Super Games Centre in Castlehaven 2016 

This new concept from National Coaching & Games aims to promote recreational games for all boys at a designated centre. The Cork pilot project was based in Castlehaven and attracted First Year boys from Skibbereen CC, Mount St Michael, Roscarbery, Schull CS, MICC Dunmanway & Bantry.

Players got 5 nights of non-stop games and the reaction from players, parents, teachers, schools and clubs has been outstanding and very positive. Organising GDA, James McCarthy notes “I received calls and texts from parents thanking me for what there son got out of it, and the main one was he got to play every minute of every game, something some of these players are not getting with their club/school in competitions”

With over 500 players attending over the five nights, this was a big success for this area. A big thanks to Cork footballer Ruairi Deane who was our main Coach on the nights and to the Teachers, TY students, Schools, Parents and Castlehaven Club for all their help”.

(iv) Coach Education Programme

Below are list of dates and venues that these clubs are running Award 1 & Foundation Courses, please bear in mind that these courses are being run by the clubs listed and if there are places available you may take part, but please contact the club secretary first.

Award 1 Courses

Kilara Og – Feb 7th 11th 14th & 18th
Carrigtwohill – Feb 20th 23rd 27th & Mar 2nd
Carrigaline – Feb 10th 11th 17th & 18th
Clonakilty – Feb 20th 27th Mar 6th & 11th
Glantane – Feb 24th 25th Mar 3rd & 4th
Macroom March 13th 20th 25th & 27th
Teachers Course Midleton – Feb 27th 29th Mar 6th & 11th
Valley Rovers – March 6th 13th 20th 27th

Foundation Courses

Clonakilty Feb 6th & 13th
Aghinagh Feb 9th & 16th
Glantan Feb 17th & 18th
Ballinora Feb 25th
Whites Cross Feb 25th
Midleton Feb 28th & Mar 7th
Valley Rovers March 3rd & 4th
Kildorrery March 4th
Argideen Rangers March 10th & 11th

For booking a place on an Award 1 Course or on a Foundation please bear in mind that these courses are being run by the clubs listed and if there are places available you may take opart but please contact the club secretary first, for more information on booking courses please log on to our website here

(v) Regional Squad News  

Our Regional U15 & U16 hurling and football squads have been working hard over the winter with an 8 week physical conditioning injury prevention programme that started in November and ended in mid January.

The 380 boys were led by a team of students from UCC Sports Studies course under the direction of Dr Wesley O’Brien. The basic premise was to educate the players on correct technique for body weight exercises that will help develop flexibility and functional strength to compliment their sports specific skills. Once the county squads are formed, it is hoped to have a student or suitably qualified volunteer/mentor involved with each squad to continue with this work.

The Inter Regional Squads Competitions are due to be played on the 12th February in football and the 26th February with venues be confirmed. The county panels will be announced in March. Meanwhile, at U17 level, the Mid West squad won the Inter Divisional Football Competition held in Mallow on January 6th.
Pictured below:Sean Desmond receives the cup from James McCarthy GDA and County u 17 manager

(vi) GDA Activity Roundup 

While January might be perceived as a quiet month for GAA, our full time staff have been busy planning out activities for the year ahead and also working with Regional squads and our Primary and Post Primary schools.

In the sphere of Post Primary Schools, Noel Crowley and Sean Crowley had roles with St Colemans and Midleton CBS senior hurling squads respectively who contested the Harty Cup semi final recently. In Coach Education Shane Supple has been busy organising a full list of Foundation Courses and Award 1 Courses over the coming weeks Visit our website here for more information

Shane has also been busy rolling out a Transition Year Coaching Course in Midleton CBS while this has been mirrored by Paudie O Brien in Carrigaline C.S., Sean Crowley in Blarney and Colm Crowley in Hamilton High School.

Post Primary Schools coaching has been a big feature of January with sessions being done in Midleton CBS, St Colemans Fermoy , Skibbereen C.C., St Brogans, Colaiste An Spioraid Naomh Bishopstown, Christians, Clonakilty, MICC Dunmanway, Kinsale C.S. and De La Salle Macroom, Boherbue C.S., Colaiste Treasa Kanturk, Scoil Mhuire Kanturk and Patrician Academy Mallow by our GDA’s.

At Primary Schools Level the Jack Lynch project continues in Cork City while Pat Spratt delivered a coaching programme to all Duhallow schools. Noel Crowley has also put plans in place for First Year blitz days and the U17.5 Lord Mayors Cup Competitions in both hurling and football which will take place in May and James McCarthy has plans to grow the Herlihy Cup Competition in March 2017 also which provides for First Year School teams.

As reported above, our Regional Squads have been in action each weekend since the 13th January and all GDA’s have been active in this area while Regional and Individual Club Coaching Officers meetings have been held and continue to be rolled out throughout the county. Looking forward in 2017, our GDA’s have been given targets to prioritise four clubs in their area with other clubs being served by Regional workshops for club coaches.

The priority clubs will receive a minimum of 7 visits throughout the year with the aim of preparing these clubs to reach Gold Benchmarking Accreditation by 2020. It is envisaged that by 2020 ninety six clubs will have received this full year attention from a GDA and be hitting the Gold standard, which would have Cork clubs in a very healthy state.

(vii) Dates for your Diary

  • 11th Feb Benchmarking Clubs Conference in Nemo Rangers
  • 12th Feb Football Inter Regional Competitions
  • 13th Feb Physical Conditioning Workshop with Dr Wesley O’Brien in Clonakilty
  • 15th Feb Physical Conditioning Workshop with Dr Wesley O’Brien in Mon AG
  • 19th Feb Hurling Regional Squads
  • 20th Feb U13 Mid Term Camps county wide
  • 21st Feb County Squads
  • 21st Feb Physical Conditioning Workshop with Dr Wesley O’Brien in Mallow
  • 22nd Feb U13 Mid Term Camps county wide
  • 23rd Feb County Squads
  • 24th Feb U14 A Inter Regional Hurling Finals
  • 25th Feb Child & Mentor Friendly Nursery Workshop Randal Óg: 11am-2pm
  • 25th Feb Child & Mentor Friendly Nursery Workshop Mallow GAA: 2pm-5pm
  • 26th Feb Inter Regional Hurling Tournaments

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