On Tuesday 15th October 22 GAA coaches/managers congregated at The Garvaghey Centre in Tyrone to receive their Level 3 Diploma Certificates in coaching and managing.
These courses were pitched at the same difficulty and complexity as A-Level or Leaving Cert. The objective was to reward the hard work undertaken by many volunteers in clubs and schools and provide them with the opportunity to bring this into a formal qualification. In times of economic hardship and unemployment, the GAA can provide the catalyst for coaches and managers to develop new skills and competencies that they can use when seeking employment.
The 35 coaches who completed the course were required to provide evidence of 400 practical hours that equated to 14,000 volunteer hours put into coaching/managing.
The commitment of staff and some of our volunteers and the recognition of the high quality of delivery was evident from the testimonies from the two coaches who spoke so well to the audience. What is more warming is the fact that they were able to take the content and apply it and achieve considerable success with their clubs. Congratulations to all who delivered on the three programmes and to the coaches who engaged fully with the coursework requirements.
A special mention must go to our partners OCN NI, Letterkenny IT, as well as Southern and South West Regional Colleges without whose help and support this initiative would not have been possible.
More photos from the graduation event are available on the Ulster GAA Facebook page.