Course Outline

This course is the first Coaching Course on the GAA Coach Education Pathway. No prior coaching experience is required

Aimed at: 
The course is aimed at beginner coaches and will enable participants to assist a coach in the organisation of activities to develop Hurling or Gaelic football.

Entry Requirements 

  • Course Candidates will be 16 years or over.
  • Candidates must be Garda vetted and have completed Safeguarding 1 (Child Protection in Sport Awareness programme)
  • Duration: 
    • 7.5 hours (Football or Hurling
    • 10 hours (Football and Hurling)

    Assessment: No formal Assessment but full attendance required


    The Foundation Award is the introductory award for coaches of Gaelic games. It aims to introduce the participants to the coaching process and its practical application. The course will provide coaches with the information and the ability to introduce players to sport in a safe and enjoyable environment.

    The course covers 4 key modules, as well as Introductory and Conclusion modules. The 4 modules are:

    • Introduction to Games
    • Skill Development
    • Physical Literacy (Movement Skills)
    • Coaching Children, Youths and Adults

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


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

    • Assist a coach in organising a programme of Games and Skill Development activities appropriate to each participant's needs and abilities.
    • Identify the skills of hurling and football.
    • Assist a coach in organising progressive activities (drills and fun games) to develop 5 key skills.
    • Assist a coach in organising progressive activities to develop movement skills appropriate to Gaelic games.
    • Assist a coach in organising and managing players for an effective practice session.
    • Build rapport, observe, analyse, explain, provide demonstration and provide positive feedback to players.

    FOR FOUNDATION COURSE INFORMATION - Please contact your club GPO