Monthly Report: January01-02-2019

 London GAA Coaching & Games Development Monthly Report   

Month: January

First Coaching Course Of 2019 Off And Running




The first part of London's Level One Gaelic Football Course, the second award on the coaching pathway of Gaelic Games, got under way in McGovern Park from January 18th to 20th with plenty of aspiring coaches in attendance.

The Course, facilitated by London GAA Community Development Administrator Lloyd Colfer and Lancashire CDA Andrew Kane, has been designed to consider the different playing capacities that exist between children (up to 12 years), youths (age 13–18) and Adults (age 19+) and the competencies that a coach is required to display when working with each group.

Focus was on the further development of the ‘How to Coach’ skills by placing the participant in situations that they will face as coaches – the organisation of games activities, activities to develop skill and activities to develop the various aspects of physical fitness. Among the other topics under discussion over the weekend were Communication, Psychological Focus, Technical Proficiency, Tactical Prowess and Playing Facts.

Coaches were also asked to think about how to build rapport, as well as observe, analyse, explain, provide demonstration and provide positive feedback to players. They were also asked to organise and manage players in effective practice sessions and were given feedback from the CDAs afterwards.

After a hugely informative and enjoyable weekend we'll be looking forward to welcoming back the coaches to two more sessions, on Friday, February 22nd and Sunday, February 24th, at McGovern Park, to complete the Course.


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Upcoming Foundation Coaching Courses 


We are running two Coaching Courses for the members of London GAA in the coming weeks.

Firstly, there will be a Foundation Level Gaelic Football and Hurling (Dual) Coaching Course on  Saturday, February 16th in Hazelwood, Sunbury-on-Thames (TW16 6QU).

There will also be a Foundation Level Gaelic Football and Hurling (Dual) Coaching Course on  Saturday, February 23rd in Hendon Rugby Club (NW4 1RL).

The Courses are limited to 25 people and in the interest of fairness, we will only accept 5 nominations from each Club.

The Courses will run from 9.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. with a half an hour Lunch Break at 1.00 p.m. - lunch is provided.

There will theory based work and practical work involved in the Course so coaches should bring appropriate training gear/footwear.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so please contact me ASAP if you are interested in attending.

Finally, I would urge as many of you as possible to please take up this opportunity to further your coaching education which can only benefit your Club and London GAA.



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Safeguarding Course for London GAA 

The Safeguarding Course, taking place at Hazelwood, Sunbury-on-Thames ahead of the new season is imperative in this education for any of our current or prospective mentors: 

                                   Friday, February 15th            7.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. 

This Course is important for people who work with children in Sport as all mentors have the responsibility to review their own practice in sporting situations to ensure it complies with advocated and recognised codes.  

Coaches also need to be able to identify children’s values and feelings and recognise how these may impact a child’s responses.   

Coaching is an emerging profession and people must be able to demonstrate at all levels a high degree of honesty, integrity and competence. The need for coaches to understand and act on these responsibilities is of critical importance, as is the need to protect the key concept of participation for fun and enjoyment in sport.  

The GAA is attempting to embed good practice and promote a professional image. In the GAA, a voluntary organisation, coaches respect and champion the rights of every individual to participate in sport. Coaches must also develop a relationship with young athletes based on trust, honesty and respect. It is important coaches demonstrate proper personal behaviour and conduct at all times. To maximise benefits and minimise the risks to athletes, coaches must attain a high level of competence by attaining qualifications and through a commitment to ongoing Courses that ensures safe and correct practice.  



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Primary And Secondary GAA Coaching Programmes 


London GAA have enthusiastically continued running Coaching Programmes for children in Primary and Secondary schools in an effort to keep promoting Gaelic Games amongst the next generation of players.  

Fully trained coaches have attended schools around London this month, taking children for an hour at a time, and introducing them to the skills of Gaelic football.  

These programmes run for six weeks at a time culminating with a Blitz run for the children in which all schools come together and participate in a day of matches.  

Our Gaelic Football Blitz dates for this year are as follows:


Year 5 - April 4th 

Year 4 - May 23rd 

All-Britain Competition - July 11th 


This is a great starting step to get children involved in Gaelic football and, hopefully, for them to find a club outside of their education establishments to develop core skills further. 

Please find the London GAA Club Directory on Page 7 with contact details of all our local Gaelic football/Hurling Clubs.  

Also, if any clubs/schools are interested in joining up in this educational initiative please contact at your earliest convenience. 

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Under 15/17 Gaelic Football Development Tournaments 

London GAA will be organising U-15 and U-17 Gaelic Football Development Tournaments in the new year, with the U-17 Tournament taking place in March/April and the U-15 Tournament taking place in September/October and operate under the following rules:-   

The Tournament will be played at 11-a-side. 

A panel will consist of 16 players for each match and the Team Sheet must be handed in 30 minutes before the start of each match - panels can be changed each week. There will be an unlimited use of substitutes throughout each match so players can come on/off. 

The matches will be played every Saturday evening in Greenford (UB6 0NZ). 

The matches will be 25 minutes a side and will start on the hour each week (4.00 

p.m., 5.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.). If the teams are late for the starting time then they will suffer a 5-point penalty and the match will be shortened. 

Every Club will have a match each week and will be guaranteed 6 matches in total. 

A Club will receive 3 points for a win, 2 points for a draw and 1 point for fielding. 

Clubs will be awarded a losing bonus point if they lose by 8 points or less. 

There will also be a bonus point awarded if a Club scores 15 points or more in the match. 

If a player receives a YELLOW card then they receive a 5-minute Sin Bin and the team are down to 10 men for 5 minutes. 

If a player receives a BLACK card then they cannot come back on for the rest of the match but can be replaced by a teammate. 

If a player receives a RED card then they cannot come back on for the rest of the match and they can't be replaced so the team are down to 10 men for the remainder of the match. The player is also suspended for the next match. 

There will be a zero-tolerance policy on dissent of any kind from players or management of any Club. 

Any Clubs interested please contact 

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London GAA Fixtures for 2019:  

Football League Division 4  

Derry v London, Sunday 3rd February 

London v Wexford, Sunday 10th February 

Antrim v London, Saturday 23rd February 

Leitrim v London, Sunday 3rd March 

London v Waterford, Saturday 16th March 

Wicklow v London, Sunday 24th March 

Hurling League Div 2A  

London v Mayo, Sunday 3rd February 

Meath v London, Sunday 17th February 

London v Kerry, Sunday 24th February 

Antrim v London, Sunday 3rd March 




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DULWICH HARPS (F) – St.Paul’s Academy, Finchale Road, Abbey Wood SE2 9PX Contact: Pat Winston – 07734250375 

FATHER MURPHYS (H)- Berkeley Avenue, Greenford Avenue, Middlesex UB6ONZ Contact: Martin Harrell – 07960503355 

GAEL LONDAIN (F)- Hazelwood, Hazelwood Drive, Sunbury-On-Thames TW16 6QU Contact: Richard Bartley – 07875958912 

KILBURN GAELS (H) – Gladstone Park, Anson Road, London NW2 6BH Contact: Thomas Kilkenny – 07754455715 

NORTH LONDON SHAMROCKS (F) – Tottenhall Sportsground, Tottenhall Rd N13 6LH Contact: Liam Shine 07921637607 

PARNELLS (F) – Northwick Park, Wembley HA0 3TQ 

Contact: Colin McGuinness 07779 340398  

ROUND TOWERS (F) – Mitcham and Carshalton RFC, Peterborough Rd, Sutton SM5 1EE  Contact: John McDonagh – 07759695617 

ST. ANTHONYS (F) – King’s Meadow Park, Reading RG1 8DF  Contact: Bart Ballantine 07592673458 

ST. CLARETS (F) – Hayes Rugby Club, Kinghill Ave. Hayes, Middlesex UB4 8BZ Contact: Tadgh Lee – 07534802951 

ST. JOSEPHS (F) - Boston Manor Playing Fields, Boston Gardens, Brentford TW8 9LR Contact: Derek Dunne - 07527711759 

ST. KIERNANS (F) – Hendon Rugby Club, Greenlands Lane, London NW4RL Contact: Declan Ryan – 07818023639 

TARA (F) – Sudbury Court, East Lane, Wembley HA0 3LE 

Contact: Brendan Gallagher – 07971650506 

THOMAS McCURTAINS (F & H) – Goodmayes, Medici Close, Ilford IG3 8FE

Contact: Martin McGovern - 07807830556 

TIR CHONAILL GAELS (F) – Berkeley Avenue, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 0NZ  Contact: Joel McInern – 07956103723 

Yours in sport,

London GAA Coaching and Games’ Development Office  


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