Hurling Mentoring Programme
The aim of establishing a nationwide group of Hurling Mentors, as originally advanced in proposals by the Hurling Development Committee in November 2010, is to provide Coaching and Support expertise to Counties seeking assistance. These Mentors will be part of an Elite Performance Support Team that will collaborate with County Boards and provide guidance to Team Managers and Coaches involved with underage and adult County Teams as part of an overall mentoring programme with a view to maximising participation, optimising performance, harmonising processes and capitalising on potential.
The Mentors will chair a County Hurling Support Group composed of the following personnel/individuals:
County Games Development Manager;
• County full/part time Hurling personnel;
• Provincial support personnel;
• Volunteers i.e. players, coaches.
The Mentors will be active in the following areas of responsibility:
• Development of Player Pathways and Capabilities;
• Development of Coach Competency;
• Hurling Development and Promotion at County Level.
Development of Player Pathways and Capabilities
The Hurling Mentors will be tasked with promoting best coaching practice at Child, Youth and Adult level through advocating a games-based, player-centred approach to training – the Coach10 model.
In co-operation with the County Hurling Support Group, the Mentors will develop Hurling specific Player Pathways within a County. This requires the County Hurling Support Group to provide players with a pre-planned programme of meaningful games appropriate to their varying biological, chronological, competitive needs and differing levels of development. In conjunction with this club and school-based Coaching Programmes must be provided. The County Hurling Support Group must approach player development with a firm understanding of the needs of the players based upon their County’s status as a Tier 1, 2, 3 or 4 County.
Development of Coach Competency
The Mentor must share knowledge and experience with County coaches in relation to developing an appropriate programme of games, training methods, motivational techniques, communication skills etc. In this regard the Mentor can provide practical assistance and guidance such as assisting in planning a Calendar of Training Activities for Inter-County Hurling teams etc.
The Mentor will also be responsible for strengthening Coach Education for Hurling coaches within a County – the emphasis in this regard will be on the delivery of practical Hurling Workshops, which will complement pre-existing, formalised Coach Education courses.
The Mentor and County Hurling Support Group’s objective in this regard is to enable the coaches to optimise performance standards – through improvements in coaching knowledge, skills and competencies – and to encourage experiential and reflective learning amongst coaches.
Hurling Development and Promotion
The Hurling Mentors will collaborate with the County Hurling Support Group to identify potential Hurling development and promotional opportunities. Once these opportunities have been identified the Mentors must develop specific objectives/activities and timelines in order to maximise upon the potential of these e.g. promoting hurling at Club and School level through the introduction of Go Games Blitzes, U-Can Skill Awards, Cúl Camps as well as Talent Academies (U.14 – U.17) . In fulfilling these objectives and in completing these activities the Mentors will be responsible for cultivating a positive, energetic and receptive environment through utilising publicity, advertising and marketing methods.
Hurling Mentors to Support Wicklow GAA
Michael Kinsella – Wexford GAA
Rory Kinsella – Wexford GAA