Cashel Community School and Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel, in partnership with the Tipperary GAA County Board are a launching a series of GAA coach education courses through the schools 2013 Adult Education programmes.
The first series will take place in February through an Award 1 Hurling and Football course.
The course is open to coaches who have completed the Foundation course.
To create a coaching system which produces and supports the development of coaches and players, the GAA has developed a model of Coach Education which has been reformatted to take account of the different playing capacities that exist between children (up to 12 years), youths (age 13 to 18) and adults (age 19+), as well as the competencies that a coach is required to display when working with each of these playing populations.
The three streams have been identified to cater for the diverse needs of children, youths and adults.
Quality Coaching – as part of an overall Games Development Plan - promotes fair play, builds social cohesion, self-esteem, and enhances health and well-being as well as supporting social and economic objectives.
Coaches should be committed to creating fun, safe and enjoyable playing environments for all of our players, regardless of age or ability level.
Sean Nugent Chairman of the Tipperary County Board welcomed this new initiative with the two schools.
He said “it is important that coaches in GAA clubs are properly qualified and the courses will help to increase the standard of coaching at all levels.”
At the launch of the course Eddie Morrissey, Principal of Cashel Community School, said: “We are looking forward to providing these courses to coaches who are interested in developing their coaching education in our national games.
“The Coach Education Programme focuses on continuing education, so that coaches can improve by means of a series of specifically designed courses, incorporating internationally recognised principles of best practice”.
Michael O’Loughlin, Principal of Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel, said: “We are delighted to be associated with the GAA in such an exciting project.
“The programme is in its infancy but we hope to develop it over the coming months.
“The programme of Applied Lifelong Learning makes provision for coaches to continually develop their skills and to progress at a rate suited to their own development.”
The courses, which are aimed at qualifying coaches to train players from 13 years of age up to and including minor players (18 years), will start in Cashel Community School on Tuesday, February 12, and in the Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel on Monday, February 4.
The course takes place over six weeks. Numbers are limited in each course to 24 places. Application forms and details are available from both schools.
Tipperary Coaching and Games also intend running a similar Award 1 course in Nenagh and a minimum of two foundation courses in each division during 2013.