Coaching and Games News

Leitrim GAA Coaching & Games Development

Now that the on field activities have all concluded our focus turns to coach education programmes for the next few months. We will be asking all clubs to ensure that all coaches appointed at their AGM’s have a minimum of foundation level qualification, complete the child welfare & protection course and be Garda vetted before they start coaching. These are the minimum standards that all clubs should be insisting on and to help clubs and coaches comply, we will be running the following courses.

Foundation award
January 2012 ‘ Allen Gaels GAA centre on Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th
January 2012 ‘ Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada on Friday 20th & Saturday 21st
February 2012 ‘ Drumkeerin on Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th

Child Welfare & Protection course
January 2012 ‘ Allen Gaels GAA centre on Wednesday 18th
February 2012 ‘ Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada on Thursday 02nd
February 2012 ‘ Drumkeerin on Wednesday 15th

For those coaches who have completed the foundation award and wish to progress up the coaching ladder we will be conducting an Award 1 course for all three strands, Child, Youth and Adult in March 2012. For the practical modules of the award 1 course we will visit the coaches and conduct the sessions with the coach while he/she is coaching their club team. Details will be confirmed when courses commence.

Award 1 Coaching course
March 2012 ‘ Bush hotel on Wednesday 7th, 14th & 21st theory modules

Garda Vetting
Club officers should ensure that all coaches coaching in their club have completed Garda vetting and have a copy on file of the coaches approval letter from Croke Park. Application forms for Garda vetting will be made available at all upcoming foundation award and award 1 courses. For existing qualified coaches who have yet to complete the vetting application, contact your club coaching officer, County coaching officer or download from

National Coaching Conference
The GAA National coaching conference will take place in Croke Park on Saturday January 14th 2012. Application forms are now available on line and we would encourage as many coaches as possible to attend. All club coaching officers should attend if available. The cost of registeration is €50 per person which includes conference pack. Please note that only a limited number of places are still available for this conference.

Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and best wishes for a happy and healty new year.

For further details on any of the above contact.
Padraig McGourty 086-8106431 or
Thomas Keenan 087-6591049 or



20-Dec-11 by Colette Fox – PRO