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Coaching Workshops & Coach Education Courses in full flow

February 18th, 2016

Coaching Workshops & Coach Education Courses in full flow

Coaching Workshops

Over the past month, Monaghan Coaching & Games in conjunction with Ulster GAA ran a series of workshops for coaches working with U14 to Senior teams. Three workshops took place in total covering a number of different areas. The first workshop which looked at how you could use simple but effective equipment for fitness programmes with your team took place in Cremartin GAA. 19 coaches attended this workshop with a total of 8 clubs represented on the night. The second workshop took place in the Monaghan Training Grounds in Cloghan. It looked at Activation and Mobilisation exercises for juvenile and senior players. 21 coaches attended this workshop with 11 clubs represented. The third workshop looked at Attacking & Defensive Systems and Strategies and once again took place in Cloghan. 34 coaches attended the workshop, with 19 clubs represented on the night.

Monaghan Coaching & Games would just like to thank Kevin McGuigan, Diarmaid Marsden, Tommy Stevenson, Martin Corey and Tony Scullion who were the tutors for the workshops.

The next workshop of this current series will take place on Monday the 22nd February in Cloghan. It will look at the role of the Goalkeeper and will cover a number of areas related to the keeper such as kickouts, shot stopping and positioning. The workshop will start at 7.30pm and will take place outdoors on the field. The workshop is open to coaches and goalkeepers to attend. It will be suitable for players & coaches from U14 to Senior.

Finally, on Thursday the 25th of February, Ulster Hurling Regional Development Officer’s Pauric Dowdall and Ryan Gaffney will be taking a Coaching the Basics: Through Fundamentals, the skills and the game. This will be an indoor, practical based workshop which will go through a number of different games and skills and how to develop these in a fun & safe environment. It will take place in Our Lady’s Secondary School Castleblayney from 7.30pm to 9pm. This workshop will be free of charge and is open for any coach/ mentor working with players from U6 – U10 to attend.

Coach Education Courses

Monaghan Coaching & Games have recently completed a number of Foundation and Level One Awards around the county.

In early January, Monaghan Coaching and Games ran a very successful Foundation Coaching Course in Emyvale GAA Club.

The course, that included a business English course too, took place over two days, Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th of January. Twenty three coaches completed the award after a very enjoyable two days. Nineteen of these coaches came from Emyvale & the other four coaches came from county Louth. The course offered the participants a chance to develop a broad knowledge of coaching skills and tips that they can implement in their own coaching sessions. Modules included Child Protection, Skill Development, Movement Skills, Games, preparing for and recovering from training and games, inclusion and integration, planning for variety and finally hints and tips for better coaching sessions. All the modules had both a practical and a theoretical aspect. Paul O’Connor & Colin Malone took the modules on the Saturday while Duana McArdle completed the Child Protection module on the Friday evening.

We would like to thank Emyvale for hosting the courses in their fine facilities and also thanks to the club for getting their coaches to attend the courses, in particularly Martin O’Brien who done a lot of work organising the course and getting the coaches there. We know it can be hard to get people to attend the courses and we appreciate the amount of time and effort that clubs go to make sure their coaches attended the courses.

Last weekend, Monaghan Coaching & Games completed a very successful Level One Youth/ Adult Award. The course took place in Cloghan with 20 coaches completing the award representing 9 different clubs in the county (Emyvale, Castleblayney, Ballybay, Rockcorry, Currin, Latton, Truagh, Oram & Magheracloone).

The coaches completed a number of different modules namely, the role of a coach, performance analysis, communication, tactical prowess, technical skills, team play, physical fitness, playing facts and psychological focus. All the modules had both a practical and a theoretical aspect. The tutors for the course were Colin Malone, Patrick McCarron, Paul O’Connor and Martin Corey.

We would just like to thank the coaches for attending the workshops and all the clubs for promoting the courses within their clubs.

Over the next month, Monaghan Coaching & Games will be running another series of Coach Education Course at both Level One and Foundation Level in both Football and Hurling. The majority of the courses are now full but there is still places available on the following courses.

Foundation Football – 11th/12 March 2016 – Venue: Ballybay

Level One (Child) Hurling & Football – 11th/ 12th March 2016 – Venue: Cloghan

If you would like to register for the course can you please contact Paul O’Connor (086 837 4827).



Participants at the Activation & Mobilisation Workshop along with the Tutor Martin Corey


Participants at the Defensive/ Attacking Systems and Strategies working in groups at the workshop


Coaches from the Defensive/ Attacking Strategies listening intently to tutor Tony Scullion


Participants from the 1st Foundation Course of the Year held in Emyvale


Players & Coaches who attended the simple but effective equipment for fitness programmes which took place in Cremartin GAA. Tutors Kevin McGuigan, Diarmaid Marsden, Tommy Stevenson along with Dermot McArdle from Gaelic Performance who gave a demo on his RAMroller products are also in the picture


Dermot McArdle from Gaelic Performance giving a demo on one of the many drills you can complete with the RAMrollers.




Martin Corey going through the Physical Fitness module with the Level One Youth/ Adult Course which took place in Cloghan


Tutor Colin Malone going through the roles of a coach with the Level One Youth/ Adult participants.


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