Rebel Óg Coaching Cork GAA Coaching Update Dec 2018

Rebel Óg Coaching is the body responsible for coaching and games development in Cork. The group is headed by County Coaching Officer Ronan Dwane along with Full Time Staff led by Kevin O Callaghan as Games Manager and 6 Games Development Administrators. This group help to support the volunteers around the county at Primary School, Post Primary and Club level through hands on coaching sessions, organising games programmes and education of coaches. The GDA’s also have a hand’s on role in the Regional Development Squad programme.With the 2018 season at an end, there has been a huge amount of activity over the past 12 months. Monster Blitzes, Mini Leagues, Development Squads and Cúl Camps Coach Education, Coaching in our schools, Workshops, Courses were all in full flow. Our Cúl Camps have hit record numbers and our football & hurling development squads have had success in Tournaments during the year and lets not lose focus on the Benchmarking 2020 Vision initiative criteria which is being assessed for 2018 its been a busy year and we are looking forward to 2019. Below, we report on some of the highlights from 2018
(i) Benchmarking 2020 Vision

The year started on a high note for clubs with the Benchmarking 2020 Vision Coaching Conference held in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Guest presenters on the day included Dr Ed Coughlan, Jason Ryan and Kieran Kingston. Our Benchmarking Programme runs each year and rewards clubs for coaching and games development best practice. Clubs are accredited at Gold, Silver or Bronze level and 2018 saw a record 80 clubs being recognised at various levels for their work.

Rebel Óg Coaching coordinate a games program from U7 to U11 in Hurling and Football. At U8 level , we run the Monster Blitz program. We had 215 teams in Hurling and 247 in Football, playing 7,000 games over 18 game weeks. From U9-U11 level, we had a total of 698 teams who played a total of 3,540 games in the Go Games program and in our Summer League program we played a total of 360 additional games.

(ii) Go Games Program 2018 

We have been very fortunate to get the use of the fantastic 4G pitch in Pairc ui Chaoimh and have used it for some of our U7 and U8 Blitzes, with 10 match days in Pairc ui Chaoimh facilitating over 3,800 different children getting a chance to play in the stadium.

In our Go Games program, we want to ensure that every child, in the whole county to get an equal opportunity to play a minimum of 10 Hurling and 10 Football games each year. All games are scheduled for Saturday mornings starting at 10am for U7/8s, 11am for U9/10s and 12.15pm for U11s.

This year, we did a county wide push to ensure every club had young referees trained up and over 3 weeks last February, 412 referees were trained up from all over the county. All these referees have an opportunity to progress their knowledge by moving onto Level 2 of our Referee Education ladder in 2019.

On any given Saturday morning in 2018, club pitches around the county could have facilitated 500+ Go Games, so fantastic credit needs to go to the clubs, mentors and parents for facilitating such a fantastic opportunity for the young children of Cork. The standards and quality on display weekly is improving each year and the future of Cork GAA is in very good hands. Rebel Óg Coaching are fortunate to have an excellent Coordinator here in Colm Crowley GDA.

(iii) Kelloggs Cúl Camps 2018

Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games.

In Cork we have 120 clubs that run a Cúl Camp during July and August under the guidance of Cork Coaching and Games staff headed up by our Cúl Camp Coordinators Paudie O Brien and Shane Supple. Each year the numbers of children attending these camps is growing and each year the children come away with new gear, tops, bags etc which can be seen at underage games, school activities, days out all year round.

This year in Cork we had over 18,700 children take part in Cul Camps across the county. Add in the large numbers of coaches, mentors and parents involved and this figure increases to a huge army of people involved in Cul Camps in what is our biggest annual project in Cork.

Photo above Kelloggs Cúl Camps Launch

L-R – Shane Supple GDA, Seamie Harnedy, Patrick Collins, David Griffin, Conor Lehane (Cork Senior Hurlers) & Paudie O’Brien GDA with Daniel Garde, James Forrest, Jack Walsh & Rian Savage, players from Lisgoold & Midleton clubs at the launch of Cork Kelloggs Cúl Camps 2018 in Pairc Ui Chaoimh

(iv) Development Squads 2018  

A huge spotlight always shines on Corks development squads in Cork.

2018 was a good year for teams in both codes. Cork now has a very enthusiastic group of mentors in both codes who have long term development as a priority. As always, Cork development squads will not progress without the work that goes on in our clubs and schools on a daily basis, helping the boys develop their skills. Cork is lucky to have so many people willing to give of their time and the quality of player being produced is now reflected in our development squads.

On the pitch our hurling squads had a good year with our U 14 squads winning the Sonny Walsh and Tony Forristal Competitions in Waterford. Our U 15 B squad won their tournament in Tipperary while our U 16 group had a good year in blitzes and challenge games before getting to the final of the Eugene Carey Tournament at the end of the year, losing to a very impressive Galway side, 8 of whom had togged out a week earlier in capturing the Minor Hurling All Ireland title.

In addition to this, honorable mention should also go to the East U 15 Regional Squad who captured the Munster Regional Hurling competition in May. Our 4 Celtic Challenge teams all acquitted themselves with distinction with the West squad winning out the competition

In football, the U 14 season was productive with 4 Regional teams in place throughout the year giving the opportunity to 100 boys to play at a higher level and improve their skills.   At u 15 level, Cork split East and West, each with a panel of 24 players. Both squads put in excellent performances throughout the year which gives grounds for optimism going forward. The West squad were unbeaten in their Tournament games to win both the Humphrey Kelleher Tournament in Millstreet and the National u 15 Tournament in Offaly in August.

At U 16 level Cork again went with 2 panels of 24 players but moved to an A and B structure.  Rebel Óg Coaching organised an inter county league for this age group which provided games against Roscommon, Dublin, Galway. Cork won this league and picked up the Munster U 16 Football Tournament in July. This group showed real promise throughout the year and we can look forward with optimism to the 2019 minor season.

On Sunday the 25th November a large crowd of players, mentors, parents and family members gathered in the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs Conference Centre for the 2018 Rebel Og Cork Squads and Regional Squads Medal Presentations. where the young players from the different squads both regional and county were being presented with their medals from different competitions during 2018.

(v) Celtic Challenge 2018. 

The Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge was established in 2016 and is the only competition in hurling that has teams from all 32 counties participating. For 2018, a total of 41 teams with over 1,200 players will play in 135 games  including 5 Finals  as part of the Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge.

Well done to two of our Cork teams who made it to the Finals. Its great to see West Cork and East Cork both representing Cork so well in the Celtic Challenge competitions on Saturday June 30th  2018 in Bord na Móna O’Connor Park, Tullamore

Corn Michael Hogan (Div.1) Final Sat 30 June 2018  Bord Na Mona O’Connor Park Galway McDonagh 2-23 v 0-19 East Cork

Corn John Scott (Div.2) Final Sat 30 June 2018 Bord Na Mona O’Connor Park
West Cork 2-17 v 1-19 South Tipperary

Click here for updates on the Celtic Challenge

(vi) Cork Schools Skills Competition Hurling & Football

On  Wed 16th May 2018, Rebel Óg Coaching and Games held their annual Primary School Skills competition in Pairc Ui Chaimh. With amazing weather and a lot of schools ready for the competitions it was a great day.  At 10am we started our football skills competition in which we had ten primary schools take part. We followed this after the break with over fifteen primary schools taking part in the Hurling Skills Competition. This is an exciting initiative which gives schools of all sizes a chance to demonstrate their skills. The skills were measured on a team basis with 3 players per team and each player doing the skills involved 

Winners of the Hurling
1st Place Scoil Bhride NS, Rathcormac
2nd Place Conna NS
3rd Place Newtownshandrum NS 

Winners of the Football
1st Place Ballintotas NS ,Midleton
2nd Place were Bishop Murphy NS
3rd Place were Gael Scoil Ui Riordain

(vii) Lord Mayors Cup Hurling & Football Finals

On Tuesday 1st May the finals took place of the Lord Mayors Cup Hurling competition with 6 teams waiting to see who would hold the cup after each final today. On the day Cllr Terry Shannon on behalf of the Lord Mayor presented the cups to the winning teams. A big thank you to UCC for hosting our finals at the Mardyke and to all the staff for making sure the games ran smoothly on the day despite the weather. This competition is proving more popular each year with many schools taking part in both hurling and football. The following week saw the football Finals take place in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Well done to all schools who took part in 2018 

(viii) 2018 Coach Education 

2018 was another busy year for Coach Education in Cork with 45 foundation courses completed by clubs, 9 Award 1 Courses completed by clubs, 1 Award 2 Course for our squad mentors and county team coaches and the coaching workshops ran around the county by the GDA’s and outside coaches proves it was a busy year for clubs.  Any club wishing to run a Foundation course or an Award 1 course can have the club secretary contact Coach Education Administrator Shane Supple GDA to organise their courses. All information regarding requirements and booking courses can be found online.

More information can be found on our website just follow the link below

(ix) 2018 Hurling & Football Blitzes in Pairc Ui Chaoimh 

During the year we made great use of the Astro pitch in Pairc Ui Chaoimh by running other projects. In March we ran 4 weeks of a Super Games Centre in Pairc Ui Chaoimh 4g Astro Turf pitch for players born in 2005 only. Every Wednesday 7th, 14th, 21st  & 28th March . This was a great opportunity for players to experience the new facilities in Pairc Ui Chaoimh and play on the fabulous 4g pitch.Club mentors did not need to be present at sessions. The GDAs were leading and looking after things and picked random teams, mixing players up and not have players only playing with club mates.There was 2 weeks of Hurling and 2 weeks of football. 

During the months of April and May we ran a seris of Primary School Hurling and Football Blitzes in the 4G pitch in Pairch Ui Chaoimh aimed at 3rd class pupils, it was great to see so many schools taking part with the basic premise that every child gets a game. Participation for all in a non competitive environment. The games were ran on 4 different dates 12th & 19th April, 3rd & 10th May 

During the months of Oct and Nov we had a unique program making the use of the 4G pitch, a social GAA program of games in Cork for males over the age of 30 to play hurling or football each week. This program was headed up by GDA Colm Crowley and proved to be very successful over the 5 weeks it was run averaging 60 participants each night, it has proven to be a fantastic opportunity for these players over 30 to get back on the pitch.

(x) GDA Contact Information

Ronan Dwane: Cork County Coaching Officer
Kevin O Callaghan: Games Manager 086-8532375
Sean Crowley: GDA Cork City North Side & Hurling Development Squads 086-0548533
Colm Crowley: GDA Mid Cork & Child Initiatives Co ordinator 086-3687799
Paudie O’Brien: GDA Cork City Southside & Cul Camps 086-7725411
James McCarthy: GDA West Region & Football Development Squads 087-7799531
Pat Spratt: GDA North Region & Youth Initiatives 086-8922800,
Shane Supple: GDA East & Coach Education Administrator087-4327261

For More information on all our activities, courses, workshops conferences etc for 2019 please visit our website