One of the largest consultation processes in the history of the GAA has found many good practices in place, but also a number of challenges to the development of our players.

At a time when sport is being challenged and influenced by elitism, globalisation, commercialisation and professionalism, the GAA is committed to its values of Amateur ethos, Community Identity and Inclusion.

At the beginning of his term GAA President John Horan established the Talent Academy & Player Development Review Committee emphasising: “The proper development of young players is an investment in the future well-being of our Games.”

Having overseen the adoption of the report by Central Council as of June, the Uachtarán described the recommendations of the report “as essential to re-establishing the values of the organisation, to ensure that Clubs are at the centre of all our development processes, supporting the retention of players in a sustainable way in line with our culture. “

Chaired by Michael Dempsey, the Committee members brought a depth of expertise and experience in coaching and player development and included Brian Cuthbert and incoming Director of Coaching and Games Development Shane Flanagan. The committee surveyed over 1000 stakeholders across all 32 Counties as part of the process.

The main focus of the committee was identified as establishing a policy for youth development which aligns club, school, third level and inter-county games programmes to address the current concerns with county talent academy squads and inter-county teams.

One of the first tasks of the Committee was the establishment of a Vision, Mission and Commitment for player development in Gaelic games, focussing on building a system for the 99% of players who participate across the pathway without ever reaching Inter-County Senior representation.

The Committee Report, launched in Croke Park today, adopts as policy a new Player Pathway Framework for Gaelic games. This framework is supported by enhanced Education Opportunities for all stakeholders, Improved Governance of youth development programmes and Synergised Games Programming across Club, School, Third Level and Inter-County.

Key recommendations include:

Player Pathway Framework

·        Repositioning the Club at the centre of all developmental processes and policies through a new Player Pathway Framework

·        Underpinning the framework with a best practice programme

·        Embedding synergised player development practices within the Club, School and Talent Academy environments


·        Aligning education opportunities to the Pathway

·        Providing specific opportunities for all stakeholders – personnel, officers, coaches, and parents to deliver and support the programme

·        Through Coach Education instilling in all our stakeholders a developmental philosophy for player development


·        Building the management capacity at all levels to support the framework

·        Enhanced Longer term County Planning

·        Realigning funding to the new vision for player development

Games Programme

·        A Coordinated and coherent games programme aligned to the pathway framework, inclusive of meaningful and appropriate development-based competitions for our underage players

·        Aligning the Games Programme at Club, School and Inter-County to the Pathway

·        Ensuring the Games Programme up to U-17 is developmentally focussed

·        Coordinated windows for related games programmes within a coherent fixtures calendar

Talent Academy & Player Development Work Group Members

Michael Dempsey (Chair. Former Kilkenny senior hurling coach and Laois footballer)

Jenny Duffy (Secretary. Former Cork camogie player and Head of Gaelic Games at Maynooth University)

Jeffrey Lynskey (Galway minor hurling manager)

Jason Sherlock (Dublin senior football coach and county minor manager in 2018)

Shane Flanagan (incoming GAA Director of Games Development, former Kildare underage footballer)

Dr. Eugene Young (Director of Coaching and Games Development Ulster GAA)

Ray O’Brien (Former Chairman of GAA Higher Education Council)

Garrett Coyle (Former Coaching Officer for Monaghan GAA)

Brian Cuthbert (Former Cork senior football manager)

Fergal O’Donnell (Former Roscommon senior football player and manager)

Jamesie O’Connor (Former Clare senior hurler and schools coach)

The full text of the report can be accessed here TAPD Report

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Unfortunately due to floodlight failure, Friday Night Lights, which was due to take place on Friday night, 28th November, has had to be postponed. It will be rearranged for a later date. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The highly successful Friday Night Lights series is set run through the month of November at the McGovern Centre of Excellence. The series will run on three consecutive Friday nights as follows:

Friday November 15th   Boys born in 2006 and 2007 (Under 12 and 13)

Friday November 22nd  Boys born in 2004 and 2005 (Under 14 and 15)

Friday November 29th Boys born in 2004 and 2005 (Under 14 and 15)

Online registration opens Wednesday 30th October.

Registration Form may be accessed here

For more information contact

A promotional video is attached here

Leitrim GAA is seeking expressions of interest from interested parties and nominations from clubs for the respective positions of Leitrim Under 17 and Under 20 Team Managers.

Essential Criteria: Garda Vetted, Safeguarding 1 and Award 1 Coaching Qualification

Desirable Criteria: Award 2 Coaching Qualification.

Expressions of Interest and Nominations to be sent to by October 27th.

Nominations by clubs must have secured the permission of the nominee.






If you are considering sending your child to a Kelloggs Cúl Camp in Leitrim this summer, then you are advised, that if you wish for the gear that is associated with the camps to be delivered to you in advance of the camp start date, then the closing date for registration is Wednesday next, May 22nd. the link to the booking page is located here

National Hurling Development
Provincial Coaching Workshops 2018
October 13th
. Connacht Centre of Excellence, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo
Registration: 10.30 a.m. Workshop: 11.00 – 01.20 p.m. Lunch 01.30 p.m.

Format: Practical station based workshop with participants rotating to each station.
Target audience – Youth – Adult Coaches. Open to all coaches – Hurling & Camogie
Workshop Theme – Building the Essentials into Every Training Session:
To include –

 Goalkeeping essentials
 Catching & Striking
 Hooking & Blocking
 Rising & Hand passing
 Defending & Attacking

Coaches: Lead coaches for the day will be 3-5 coaches from the following list of well-known players /
coaches depending on availability. Confirmation closer to the date:

Jamesie O’ Connor, Seanie Mc Mahon, Christy O’ Connor – Clare
D.J. Carey, – Kilkenny
Ollie Canning – Galway
Eamon O’ Shea -Tipperary
Derek McGrath – Waterford
Martin Fogarty: – National Hurling Development Manager
Special Guest: – Kate Kelly – Wexford
Early booking advisable as places are limited
Enquiries: All enquiries to Martin Fogarty.
Registration: €20 (includes lunch)

Provincial Workshops Flyer 2018 Connacht

Leitrim GAA wishes to announce the appointment of two Games Development Administrators to assist with the work that is ongoing in Coaching and Games Development. The successful candidates are Stephen McGurran from the Melvin Gaels Club and Mayo man John Gallagher. We wish the two men the very best of luck in their new roles. This brings the total number of GDA’s in the county to three which is a very positive step forward towards the development of coaching in the county.

Leitrim GAA County Board in conjunction with Connacht GAA wishes to recruit a Games Development Administrator.

Role Profile

The post holder will have responsibility for overseeing the implementation of agreed GAA games development policies and programmes within County Leitrim. The post holder will join the games development team, which currently comprises the County Games Development Manager, two full-time GDA’s and a number of voluntary personnel, and will work to deliver the goals and objectives of the County Games Development Plan.

Based in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon and reporting to the County Games Development Manager, the post holder will be required to work 39 hours per week, which will include weekends and evenings, and the hours may vary depending on workload and seasonal changes.

Please access the complete advertised position at the link below.


Registration for Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps 2018 is currently underway online via the website,

Please note: The online booking facility will close at noon on the Wednesday preceding the week of the camps. Please be aware that Registrations will NOT be accepted on the first morning of camp. The only method of registration will be via the online system.

This year an additional option to have your kit delivered to your home is available at registration at a cost of €7.50 per delivery. Leitrim GAA will again this year, deliver kits to the Primary schools for bookings made by Thursday, May 31st.

Date Camp
July 2nd – 6th Ballinamore
July 2nd – 6th Ck – on – Shannon
July 2nd – 6th Manorhamilton
July 2nd – 6th Mohill
July 9th – 13th Drumshanbo
July 9th – 13th Kinlough
July 9th – 13th Annaduff
July 16th – 20th Aughavas
July 16th – 20th Dromahair
July 16th – 20th Gortletteragh
July 23rd – 27th Drumkeerin
July 23rd – 27th Fenagh
July 23rd – 27th Leitrim
July 23rd – 27th Cloone
August 7th – 11th Aughnasheelin (New)
August 13th – 17th Bornacoola

Leitrim GAA Coaching and Games Development Committee will operate 16 Kellogg’s GAA Cul camps throughout the County during the months of July & August. We now wish to recruit suitably qualified personnel to coach on these camps.

Those interested must be over 18 and preferably attending third level college, have attained as a minimum Foundation award coaching qualification, have completed the Code of best practice in youth sport/ safeguarding 1 course and be Garda vetted prior to the commencement of camps.

Please forward CV complete with a copy of all certs, by email to or by post to Thomas Keenan, Leitrim GAA Games Manager, Pairc Sean MacDiarmada, Dublin Rd., Ck-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Closing date for applications is Friday, April 20th, 2018 at 3pm. 

The Under 14 Leitrim GAA Academy is an important first step towards excellence and the coaching provided will serve to introduce players to a higher standard of skill development whilst operating among peers of a similar standard. Experienced coaches will be on hand to guide the young players through this important stage of their development.

Trials for the 2018 U14 football academy will take place on Sunday, April 15th commencing at 2pm in the Leitrim GAA Centre of Excellence in Annaduff. Only players born in 2004 are eligible to participate in this academy. For the trials, this year registration is mandatory and must be completed by next, April 11th.

Players will not be allowed take part in the trials if they have not filled out the registration form. The registration is to be completed online and the link has been sent to each Club Secretary and Coaching Officer. You are asked to contact either of these people within your club in order to access the link.


Leitrim Coaching and Games Committee is running another workshop following on from the very successful series so far on Thursday, March 29th at the GAA Centre of Excellence
The theme of this workshop is “Anaerobic and Aerobic Conditioning through Small Sided games”.
This workshop will be run by Cathal Cregg, recently appointed Connaught GAA Provincial Games Manager.
Cathal holds a Masters in Exercise Physiology and for the past 5 years has held the post of Head Strength and Conditioning with Connaught GAA.
Cathal has played at the highest Levels and has been a member of the Roscommon Senior squad since 2006 and represented Ireland during the 2014 International rules series in Australia.
Cathal is currently conducting a PhD on the Effects of Small Sided Game on Aerobic Performance.
This workshop is a must for coaches wanting to improve Physical Fitness using games.
It will take place at the Leitrim GAA Centre of Excellence on Thursday 29th of March from 7pm – 8.30pm.
Cost is €10 per person. Can you please circulate to all your club coaches and let them know, and also share on Facebook and Twitter.
All Booking must be made through Enda Lyons Contact Details: