Ulster GAA in partnership with Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCN NI) will be running a Level 3 Diploma Course in Athletic Development in the player pathway for Gaelic Games.
The objective is to upskill GAA Coaches so that they are able to create more athletically developed players. In an age where most clubs have their own fitness suites, coaches need the knowledge and confidence to be able to physically develop their players at each stage of the player pathway.
For more information on the course see the details below.
Unit 1. Athletic Development in the Fundamental Stage of the Player Pathway in Gaelic Games (4 – 8 years old)
Workshop 1 – Saturday 18th April 9.30am – 12.30pm
a. Understand how to incorporate functional movement into a physical literacy session
b. Be able to safely coach functional movement exercises to children
Workshop 2 – Saturday 25th April 9.30am – 12.30pm
c. Demonstrate how to deliver an appropriate warm up session
d. Demonstrate how to assess players through functional movements
e. Be able to measure player development through the fundamental stage
2. Athletic Development in the Learn to Train Stage of the Player Pathway in Gaelic Games (8 – 12 years old)
Workshop 1 – Saturday 6th June 9.30-12.30pm
a. Apply the Learn to Train stage of the GAA Player
b. Demonstrate functional movement to players at the Learn to Train stage
Workshop 2 – Saturday 13th June 9.30am – 12.30pm
c. Apply resistance training into daily coaching session
d. Analyse athletic development through the Learn to Train stage
3. Athletic Development in the Train to Train Stage of the Player Pathway in Gaelic Games (12 – 16 years old)
Workshop 1 – Saturday 25th July 9.30am-12.30pm
a. Understand the Train to train stage of the Player Pathway
b. Be able to safely coach resistance exercises to young players
Workshop 2 – Saturday 1st August 9.30am – 12.30pm
c. Demonstrate knowledge of warm ups, mobilisation and recovery strategies when promoting athletic development
d. Be able to development and implement a progressive resistance programme to athletes at the Train to Train Stage.
4. Athletic Development in the Train to Compete Stage of the Player Pathway in Gaelic Games (16+ years)
Workshop 1 – Saturday 12th September 9.30am – 12.30pm
a. Understand the Train to Compete stage of the Player Pathway
b. Be able to safely coach resistance exercises to players 16+
Workshop 2 – Saturday 19th September 9.30 – 12.30pm
c. Demonstrate how to develop resistance training in the Train to Train stage
d. Apply resistance training into daily coaching sessions
5. Saturday 31st October – Final Review of Coursework
Total Credit Value – 40
Guided learning Hours 400 (40 hours classroom based/ 360 distance learning).
Course Fee: £150/€175 per coach.
GAA NGB Foundation Award
GAA NGB Award 1
Current involvement (intention to become involved) with a GAA team in some type of coaching capacity
Other GAA Qualifications
Coaching Experience club/county
Sports Specific Knowledge – Sports Science/Nutrition/Performance Analysis/Periodization
Sports Specific Workshops attended (GAA or Other)
Evidence of commitment to sport or any aspect of voluntary work
For further information contact Roger Keenan, Coach Education Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
To register for the course click HERE.