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Coach Education Program – Foundation

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September 30, 2012


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Course Outline

Aimed at: The course is aimed at beginner coaches and will enable participants to assist a coach in the organisation of activities to develop Hurling or Gaelic football.

Qualification: Course Candidates will be 16 years or over. Candidates will be asked to abide by the GAA Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport.

Duration: 7.5Hrs – 10 Hrs

Requirements: Attendance of full course

Resources: Overheads/ PowerPoint Presentation, Course Manual – Tasks and Cards, Go Games Resources

Assessment: No formal Assessment


The Foundation Award is the introductory award for coaches of Gaelic games. It aims to INTRODUCE the participants to the coaching process and its practical application. The course will provide Coaches with the Information and the ability to introduce players’ to sport in safe and enjoyable environment.

The course is 7 1/2 hours in duration and covers 4 key modules, as well as Iutroductory and Conclusion modules. These 4 modules are:


  • Introduction to Games
  • Skill Development
  • Movement Skills
  • Coaching Children, Youths and Adults

The focus of the course is the development of  ‘How to Coach‘ skills by placing the participant in situations that they will face as coaches -the organisation of games, activities to develop skill and activities to develop the various movement skills.


By the end of this Course participants will be able to:

  • Assist a coach in organising a programme of Games and Skill Development activities appropriate to each Participants needs and abilities.
  • Identify the Skills of Hurling.
  • Assist a coach in organising progressive activities (drills and fun games) to develop 5 key skills.
  • Assist a coach in organising progressive activities to develop movement skills appropriate to Gaelic games.
  • Assist a coach in organising and managing Players for an effective practice session.
  • Build Rapport, Observe, Analyse, Explain, Provide Demonstration and Provide Positive Feedback to Players.

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Shane Ferguson

Shane Ferguson is 50% of Wicklow GAA Online, the official Website of Wicklow GAA. Shane is a passionette Wicklow GAA supporter who has worked in conjunction with the Wicklow County Board to develop Wicklow GAA Games Development.