Course Outline

The Award 1 Child Coach Education course is the second award on the coaching pathway of Gaelic games. The course is aimed at coaches that have progressed through the Foundation Award programme and have experience as a Coach with teams U12 and younger. 

Aimed at: Coaches of juvenile teams (U12 and below). 

Entry Requirements

  • Candidates will be over 18 years.
  • Completed Foundation Award and at least one season coaching
  • Candidates must be Garda vetted and have completed Safeguarding 1 (Child Protection in Sport Awareness programme)
  • Candidates must be actively coaching with a team at this age level.

Duration:

  • 16 hours (Football or Hurling) 
  • 20 hours (Football and Hurling) 

Assessment: On Course coaching observation & full attendance required.

Course Fee:  Please contact the course coordinator. 

Philosophy

The Award 1 Coach Education course is the second award on the coaching pathway of Gaelic games. The course is aimed at coaches that have progressed through the Foundation Award and have experience as a coach. It has been reformatted to take account of the different playing capacities that exist between children (up to 12 years), youths (age 13 – 18) and adults (age 19+) and the competencies that a coach is required to display when working with each of the playing populations. Coaches can therefore specialise in coaching the particular players that they are involved in.

The course aims to provide coaches with the information and the comprehension and application abilities to know how to develop players’ capacities. 

This course covers a number of key modules, as well as Introductory and Conclusion modules. These modules are:

  • Role of the Coach
  • Building & Breaking Skills
  • Adapting Games for Decision Making
  • Team Play (Family of Games)
  • Physical Fitness (Physical Literacy)
  • U Can Awards & Why children Play
  • Planning for Success

The focus of the course is the further development of the ‘How to Coach' skills  by placing the participant in situations that they will face as coaches - the organisation of games activities, activities to develop skill and activities to develop the various movement skills.

Outcomes

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Organise a programme of games and skill development activities appropriate to each participants needs and abilities
  • Organise progressive activities (drills and fun games) to develop 5 key skills
  • Organise progressive activities to develop movement skills appropriate to Gaelic games
  • Organise and managing players for an effective practice session
  • Build rapport, observe, analyse, explain, provide demonstration and provide positive feedback to players