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A gentle reminder from Carlow GAA’s Coach Education Dept. of the mandatory coaching standards for all our Club and Inter-County Coaches which is coming into being from 2016.

The policy, approved by GAA Central Council last year on the back of a recommendation from the Football Review Committee and a proposal from the National Games Development Committee, will require all Inter-County management teams in both hurling and football to contain an Award 2 coach from 2016. All Club management teams must contain an Award 1 Coach. From 2018 the Head Coach in both cases must be qualified at the appropriate level.

With over 75,000 coaches qualified through the joint GAA-Coaching Ireland certified Coach Education Programme since its inception in 1992 the GAA has been to the forefront of Coach Education in Ireland and is currently revamping the programme to broaden access to information via online modules (, Communities of Practice and Mentoring, as well increasing the practical element of its traditional course programme delivered through 100s of voluntary Tutors nationwide.

The Association will also introduce an ‘Assimilation’ programme for experienced coaches without qualifications which will ensure that coaches who have the requisite skills are recognised for those skills and certified at the appropriate level.

Carlow GAA are in the final stages of producing our Autumn menu of Coach Ed. Courses and Workshops which will be starting this October in various locations around the County. “We will have something to suit all Coaches and both codes in our upcoming programme” said Operations Manager Ronan Dempsey. “Head of Coach Ed. Brendan Hayden and his team of tutors Michael Kehoe, Seán Gannon and Emma & Louise Byrne are providing top quality courses for all levels of coaching ability. Both myself and Brendan are extremely pleased with the feedback received from Clubs who have recently benefited from mini-workshops over the Summer months. The expectation now is that all Coaches wishing to further their knowledge in this most crucial area will attend the upcoming courses in great number. Better Coaches = Better Players” was the final line from Dempsey and it is hard to argue with this statement.

The schedule of events will be released here and to Clubs over the next couple of weeks so with the mandatory standards about to kick in this 2016 it falls to all our Coaches out there to grasp this opportunity and give our players both tall and small the best possible chance to learn the skills needed to play our national games.