A group of St. Mary’s University College Belfast students have recently had the opportunity to avail of taking part in the first ever pilot E-learning Foundation Football Award.
This course was ran over a period of 1 month where at their own convenience, participants could log on to the GAA site and complete the theory modules. Feedback from participants highlighted that the Award content was very user friendly, interactive and fun.
The course co-ordinator Stephen Beattie (Ulster GAA) could stay in contact with all participants throughout the period of the course using the news forum application on the site which sent an email to each participant in order to update all progress.
Drawing close to the closing date for e-learning theory Stephen then set the date for the practical element of the award which took place in St. Mary’s. During this practical workshop all participants were challenged to transfer theory based concepts in a practical situation and this proved to be a great success.
Gary Mallon of Ulster GAA delivered the workshop in “Safe Guarding Children and Young People in Sport” which is a compulsory element to be attained by all Foundation Coaches.
All in all this has been a great experience for the Course Co-ordinator, Course Participants and Tutors, and with the support of Ulster GAA it will become embedded at least annually within St. Mary’s University.