Coach Education


Changes in the Coach Education Program

The Coach Education Program is undergoing major structural change. The old Foundation Coaching Course and Level 1 Coaching Course are now being replaced by the Foundation Award Coaching Course and Award 1 and Award 2 Coaching Courses.

Foundation Award Coaching Course

This is a 7.5hour course (or 9hour dual hurling and football course) that introduces coaching. It is aimed at people who are new to coaching and want to discover what is involved in coaching. People who complete this course will be able to assist in coaching children, youth and adults. The only pre-requisite for attending the Foundation Award Course is completion of the Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport Course. Foundation Award Certification is based on attendance at a Foundation Coaching Course.

The Foundation Award Course is an activity-based course with the following modules:

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

Award 1 Coaching Courses

The Award 1 Coaching Courses are 16hour courses giving coaches a practical and theoretical base in helping players and teams to improve their performances. It looks at all aspects of coaching through the OTú Coaching Model. Coaches who have completed the Foundation Award Course may attend an Award 1 Course. Coaches who show a n understanding of the requirements and a capacity to coach will be certified as Award 1 Coaches.

There are 3 separate courses in Award 1 – Child, Youth and Adult . Coaches select the course to attend depending on the age of the teams and players they will be coaching – Child  – Up to Under 12 grades, Youth – Under 14 to Minor grades, Adult – Under 21 and Senior Grades. Award 1 Course are activity-based with the following modules:

  • Introduction + OTú Model
  • Role of the Coach
  • Communication
  • Technical Proficiency
  • Tactical Awareness
  • Team Play
  • Physical Fitness
  • Performance Analysis
  • Psychological Focus
  • Rules + Lifestyle
  • Conclusion

Award 2 Coaching Courses


The Award 2 Coach Education course is the third award on the coaching pathway of Gaelic Games. The course is aimed at experienced coaches that have progressed through the Foundation and Award 1 programmes.

In the same manner as the Award 1 course, the Award 2 course has been developed 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. This allows coaches to further their knowledge, experience and capabilities when working with the various playing populations.

Award 3 Coaching Courses

The Award 3 Coach Education course is the fourth award on the coaching pathway of Gaelic Games. The course is aimed at experienced coaches that have progressed through the Foundation, Award 1 and 2 programmes.

The Award 3 course has just been rolled out in 2012.