Cork GAA Coaching Update March 2017

(i) Benchmarking 2020 Vision Accreditation

The 2016 Benchmarking Accredited clubs were invited to a workshop in Nemo Rangers on the 11th February. The 150 plus, club coaches/coaching officers had presentations from Noel Furlong, winning manager of the Tony Forristal and Sonny Walsh U14 Hurling All Ireland Competitions in 2016 and former Coach to UCC Freshers & Seniors and current Manager of Fr O’Neills, who held a 40 min practical workshop in both hurling and football, which was greatly received by all in attendance.

This was followed by a presentation by former Cork senior football manager Brian Cuthbert who spoke in very practical terms about the role of the Coaching Officer in the the club and also the importance of a good club school link programme with local Primary Schools.

Cork GAA Chairman, Ger Lane spoke about the importance of the work that club coaching officers do within their clubs which in turn would benefit everyone in Cork GAA, he was delighted that this event was well attended and that everyone was striving to improve their knowledge base and skill set by attending this conference. He congratulated all the clubs on receiving their certification in either Gold Silver or Bronze and was delighted that all clubs in Cork were working towards a common goal in Cork GAA which would reap dividends at Minor, U21 and Senior Inter county level in both hurling and football going forward.

County Coaching Officer, Kevin O Donovan addressed the large attendance with an overview of the links between all units of the Association which the player is involved with and the challenges face by clubs and coaches in ensuring the player gets a regular and meaningful games and training programme without excessive workloads.

The event was wrapped up with the presentation of awards to the Accredited clubs.

Clubs also received the “Rebel Rising” Club Manual which is a comprehensive guide to to coach planning and games development structures in clubs. This manual is exclusively for Benchmarking Clubs.

The initiative is now open to clubs for 2017 once again and clubs should register before the 1st April on or follow this link here Benchmarking Registration

Note that GDA priority time will be given to the clubs who sign up for Benchmarking and who are already on the Benchmarking Programme.

(ii) Rebel Óg Coaching U7 – U11 Schedule

The Rebel Óg U7-U11 Schedule Promises bumber games programme

Its that time of the year again and we at Rebel Og Coaching are delighted to announce the schedule for the coming year of our Monster Blitz Programme, our U9, U10 and U11 hurling and football leagues. The fixtures, rules and regulations for each of our age groups are all online. If you have any questions or queries regarding your team please read through the rules and regulations before sending an email as many of the questions that often pop up are answered there.

Last season, the U10 Monster Blitzes stopped mid summer and these clubs moved into a League structure for the remainder of the year. Following consultation with clubs, this program seemed to be of greater benefit and enjoyment to the mentors, parents and participating children.

With this in mind, we have decided to make it a year long league for U9 (only boys born in 2008 are eligible for this league, U8’s are not allowed as they will have blitzes the same days) and U10 teams in 2017, the U8s and U7s will remain at the Monster Blitz stage.

If you have any queries about the leagues, we suggest you talk to the outgoing mentor from that age group last year in the club and he will fill you in on any information required before the regional meetings in March.

The season will kick off with a games extravaganza that is unequalled country wide with 175 games due to take place between U9 and U11 age groups on March 18th.

For more information on any of the above follow the link to each page Click here



(iii) Coach education season is in full swing in Cork

The past month in particular has seen a huge amount of activity with Foundation level courses in Glantane, Clonakilty, Ballinora & Whites Cross involving over 80 coaches from clubs in that area.

With the following Foundation Courses running through March & April

Valley Rovers
Argideen Rangers
St Finbarrs

Our Award 1 courses are also thriving. Courses are running or just completed in Carrigaline, Clonakilty, Kilara Óg, Carrigtwohill & Glantane involving over 90 coaches.

With the following Award 1 Courses running through March & April

Valley Rovers

The Coach Education Programme cut off date for Club bookings is April 15th. No courses can be booked after that date until next September 2017 when courses will once again start for the following 8 months.

Our suite of coach education initiatives have been bolstered further by workshops with Dr. Wesley O Brien in the area of youth physical conditioning in Clonakilty, North Mon AG and Mallow involving over 70 coaches.

On Saturday 25th February, over 100 coaches attended workshops aimed at nursery level coaches in Ballinacarriga and Mallow. These workshops were delivered by Kevin Murray, Stephen Behan and Dr. Wesley O Brien.

All the above activity will contribute to the improvement of club coaching standards and is just a caption of the amount of activity that is taking place across the county at present.

While formal courses are grabbing the headlines, our GDA’s are out in clubs every week delivering workshops and helping clubs put better coaching structures in place in line with our Benchmarking 2020 Vision Initiative.

Our Primary Schools are not being neglected either with 16 teachers attending a workshop in Banteer aimed at helping teachers improve physical literacy in their P.E. sessions. Further workshops are planned in the coming months in Cork City while Rebel Óg Coaching will run 2 Summer Courses for teachers in Clonakilty and Cork City.

For further details of our coach education programme please log on to

(iv) Regional Squad News

Inter Regional Squads Activity

While much of the planned activity has fallen victim to the weather, two competitions did take place.The fé 15 Inter Regional Football Competition was held in Carrigaline and Crosshaven on Sunday 19th February. Cork City East were beaten by the West Region in the first semi final while Cork North beat Cork Mid West in a tight encounter.A talented Cork North emerged victorious in the final while Cork Mid West beat Cork City East in the Plate Final. The standard of football on display was encouraging and the Cork squad will now be picked on the back of this competition.

Meanwhile, the four fé 16 Regional Squads travelled to Dublin on the 26th February to take part in an Inter Regional tournament with 2 Dublin squads. In windy conditions, the West Region emerged from their group to play a Dublin Region in the final. Having played a tough final group game VS Cork North, the boys started to tire and the Dublin side proved to be too strong on the day. It was an excellent workout for the four squads, and, even though none were at full strength, they put up good displays.

The February mid term break was used to provide games to fé 14 Regional players in both hurling and football in Carrigtwohill. Due to weather issues, the games were played on artificial grass and numbers reduced to 11 a side. The format proved very popular with the players who got a minimum of 3 x 15 minute games.

Skill levels were high and the games hotly contested. Credit is due here to the GDA’s and Regional mentors who have worked hard with these players over the past 8 months.Our next big event for the squads will be the naming of the County Squads in the coming weeks.

The fé 16 Munster Hurling Inter Divisional Competition is now being replaced by a fé 15 equivalent and this takes place on the 29th April (group phase) and the 1st May (finals).In a break from previous years, our fé 14 teams will remain at Regional level with panels of 30 players being selected in both hurling and football.

(v) Kellogs GAA Cúl Camps Website Launched

The Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camps are returning for 2017 and people can now book places online. Cork are again leading the way offering 114 camps and with an exciting range of gear for 2017 it is anticipated that demand will be near the 16,500 children who attended Cork camps in 2016. To register log on to

(vi) 6 Week Coaching Programme

Granard Gaels are currently hosting a 6 week coaching programme for players with specific needs in conjunction with Cork GDA Pat Spratt and Cork Sports Partnership on Saturday mornings.

Players play both football and hurling with a target of playing a game in the Mardyke arena on March 25th at the Cork Sports Partnership’s open day. We are the first county in Ireland to roll out a programme of this nature. The Programme is called “GAA For All” and provides for boys and girls who may not survive in the main stream competitive GAA programmes.

Attendance figures have been high and all are looking forward to the day in the Mardyke where they can showcase their newly acquired skills.


(vii) GDA News Roundup

It has been another busy month in February for our GDA’s. Here is a flavour of the work going on around the county in addition to all the above.

Pat Spratt has overseen a coaching programme at Primary School level involving Ballygiblin NS, Banteer NS, Lyre NS, Derrinagree NS, Knocknagree NS, Meelin NS and Freemount NS along with club visits to Mallow, Kanturk, Banteer and Fermoy.

James McCarthy has been busy in West Cork with u13 boys coming in for their first training at the mid term break in February and James is very active with u 14 sessions in Skibbereen, Bantry, Macroom, Clonakilty Post Primary Schools and more sessions in Ballyvourney, Ballingeary Post Primary Schools in March. Our County u 17 squads have also been very active and James is currently managing the football squad.

Sean Crowley is involved with the equivalent U17 hurling squad and has also been very active coaching in Carrignavar, Christians and Midleton CBS at Post Primary level. The Jack Lynch Post Primary Schools Project continues apace

Shane Supple has been busy in East Cork and overseeing our Coach Education program with courses and workshops exceeding last years targets as well as working in his local primary schools and Post Primary Schools with TY students. He has been meeting many clubs over the last number of weeks and will be contacting more over the next month.

Colm Crowley has been busy organising the U9, U10 & U11 leagues and running workshops for mentors of those teams in the different areas. He has also been meeting his clubs over the last few weeks and will be continuing to do so going forward as well as coaching in Kinsale Community School.

Paudie O Brien has overseen a coaching programme at Primary School level and is involved in the Fé 16 Hurling squads and Fé 17 Celtic Challenge East Squad. Paudie has been coaching weekly in CSN Bishopstown and doing a TY Course in Carrigaline CS and will be adding sessions in Deerpark and Douglas CS in March.

Noel Crowley has been involved in St Colemans Fermoy Harty Squad on a weekly basis over the past number of months, he has been busy organising the Post Primary Schools blitzs and the up coming Lord Mayors Cup over the last few weeks and currently is organising our Cul Camps for 2017

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