First Coaching Course Of 2019 Off And Running21-01-2019

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 Ruislip last weekend (January 18th-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 take into account 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 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.