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Club Development initiatives 2011

January 26th, 2011

A Chara,

Please find below a list of Club Development initiatives which the Coaching & Games Development Committee are planning to run over the next year 2011. The Committee, hope to stagger these initiatives over an extended period of time as shown below in order to maximise the impact and attendance in each programme. The purpose of these initiatives is to improve coaching standards within our clubs and also to assist our volunteers who work tirelessly to promote our Games.


  • Coach Education Programme Jan – Feb – March   &  October- December                                    

Foundation & Award 1 Courses will be delivered from January to early March  and October  to December, to up skill our club coaches. We hope to run 5 foundation courses and 4 Award 1 courses throughout the county. These courses are accredited by the GAA and designed to help improve coaching standards within our clubs. When undertaking the Foundation Course each coach will complete the Child Protection Course. Any parent or novice coach who is working with children needs to have the Child Protection Course Award. The Foundation Award is really only an access award to the coaching process. It addresses the Fundamentals skills of player development at under 10. All volunteers working with under age teams should have a minimum of the Award 1 completed in order to have more coaching specific skills developed. These courses can be held in a club venue or at a central venue within Monaghan (Cloghan). If your club is interested in hosting a course please get in touch. POSTER IS ATTACHED WITH DATES/TIMES/VENUES OF THESE COURSES.

  • Coaching the Coaches March /April 

Following on the successful programme targeting coaches working with the U6 – U8 age groups (Fundamentals) in 2010, it is hoped to expand this programme in 2011 to include the U14’s & U16’s (Training to Train). Coaches who work with U6/U8 & U14/U16 age groups will receive 1 workshop in each age group and these workshops will be held in Cloghan. The purpose of these initiatives is to give coaches an insight into what they should be coaching at each age group. PLEASE TURN OVERLEAF FOR MORE DETAILS – Page 2


  • Club Coaching Programme   April/May/June

Our major focus in 2011 will be our coaches / parents working with U10 & U12 players (Learning to Train). This initiative will be regional based where we hope to deliver 3 sessions focusing on one or two theme’s in each session. The 5 regional centres are Carrick, Castleblayney, Ballybay, Monaghan Harps & Clones. Surrounding clubs will be asked to travel to these centres. These sessions will be delivered in April, May & June. PLEASE TURN OVERLEAF FOR MORE DETAILS – Page 3

Yours in GAA,

Paul O’Connor


Games Development Manager


Telephone No. 042 9792034 Mobile No. 086 8374827 Email:

Coaching the Coaches



Content for U14 – U16    Mar 15th   7pm – 9pm

In this workshop the focus will be on the U14 & U16 age group. This session will be Practical based. For this session we will have Development Squad players participating.

Below is the content that we will be delivering at these workshops.

  • Technical Skills – Kicking / Catching etc.         Tackling / Evasive skills
  • Games for Understanding – Decision Making / Principles of Forward & Defensive play
  • Strength & Conditioning – Teaching Lifting Technique / Progressions to weights

Running Mechanics – Technique / Drills to improve Speed

Date:  Mar 15th  

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Venue: Cloghan (If needed an indoor venue will be arranged)


*Handouts will be given out at all workshops and sessions*




Content for U6 – U8


This workshop is for parents & coaches working with players in the U6 and U8 age group. The workshops are practical based and participants will be asked to participate.

Below is the content that we will be delivering at these workshops.


  • Fundamental movement ABC/RJT/CPKS
  • Fun games  i.e Warm ups & Target Games
  • Coaching Skills specific to that age i.e Body Catch etc.

Date: Apr 12t

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Venue: Cloghan(If needed an indoor venue will be arranged)










Monaghan Club Coaching Programme 2011



Our main focus for 2011 will be U10 & U12 age groups. With this age group we hope to undertake 3 practical sessions which will focus on a specific area outlined below. These 3 practical sessions will be delivered in 5 regions throughout the county; The regions are, Carrickmacross, Castleblayney, Ballybay, Monaghan Harps and Clones. Each one of these clubs will host the 3 sessions in their club and clubs from the surrounding areas will be asked to travel to the nearest host centre. PLEASE SEE TABLE BELOW WHICH OUTLINES EACH REGION & WHERE CLUBS ARE ASKE TO TARVEL TO.

Below outlines what Monaghan Coaching Staff will be focusing on in each of the 3 sessions.

Session No. Title What will be covered
1. Coaching a skill   & Games IDEA Method / Head,Hands,Feet / Spot & Fix.Types of games & progressions to these games.
2 Tactical plays &Keeping Possession Forward play / movement / BAD . Defensive play / 4 D’s / Tackling. Support Play / Movement off the ball.
3 Strength & Conditioning / Running technique Exercises that can be done during session and at home to help develop the player in these areas


The regions & dates that the 3 practical sessions will be delivered on.

Aughnamullen Aghabog Corduff Fergal OHanlons Blackhill
Drumhowan Currin Donaghmoyne Scotstown Cremartin
Latton Eire Og Inniskeen Truagh Doohamlet
Rockcorry Killeevan Killanny Emyvale Oram
Clontibret Seans Maraghcloone Tyholland Toome
Apr  21st/ 28th  May 5th May 12th/ 19th /26th Jun  7th /14th/ 21st


In the event of being unable to attend the region outlined for your club, please contact Paul O’Connor if you wish to attend an alternative venue.

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