The GAA Strategic Vision and Action Plan 2009-2015 identified the immediate need to prioritise and support the development of players and coaches as key to the long- term success and health of Gaelic games.
To create a coaching system which produces and supports the development of coaches and players, the GAA must implement a Coach Development strategy of the highest quality .
Coach Education Model
The GAA model of Coach Education has been reformatted to take account of 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 of the playing populations. These streams have been identified to cater for the diverse needs of players who Play to Learn (Children), those that Learn to Compete (Youths) and those who Compete to Win (Adults). The Coach Education Programme also includes the Code of Best Practice for Youth Sport programme, which is compulsory for all coaches of juvenile players.
Quality Coaching -as part of an overall Games Development plan -promotes fair play, builds social cohesion, seIf-esteem, and enhances health and well-being as well as supporting social and economic objectives.
Coaches should be committed to creating fun, safe playing environments for all of our players, regardless of age or ability level. We must ensure that Coaches abide by the GAA Code of Conduct, have completed the Code of Ethics for Youth Sport and are vetted by An Garda siochana/ Access NI.
Coaches guide improvement across each aspect of play of our games -Technically, Tactically and from a Team Play perspective -while also developing physical, psychological, incorporating playing facts skills. These 3T’s and 3 P’s form the basis for the OTu Coaching Model.
Through effective coaching inputs and appropriate communication, a greater sense of cohesion can be developed to ensure that involvement of ethnic minorities and other marginalised groups can be addressed in a concerted way at local, regional and national levels in line with the GAA Inclusion Strategy .
Quality coaching plays a significant part in:
- Creating a playing environment that maximises involvement and enjoyment
- Promoting Gaelic games as safe pursuits
- Creating resources appropriate to all levels and for all personnel
- Ensuring that players are guided by qualified personnel
- Promoting a structured approach to coaching and coach education
To complement the Coach Education programme, the Grassroots to National Programme (GNP) incorporates a system of Applied Lifelong Learning (ALL) whereby coaches can attend conferences, workshops, clinics and ancillary courses to continually develop their coaching skills.