Cuala Coaching Department will be hosting an Award 1 Coaching course in January 2012.  Participants will be drawn from various clubs in the region including,  of course,  Cuala.  We are already among the leading clubs for Coach education in Dublin at Juvenile level and are determined to extend this reputation to our more senior ranks.  The value of the course is self-evident with many of our ‘graduates’ going on reap the rewards on the field….Tadhg Murphy, Denis Byrne, Johnny Twomey, Shay Hayes, Brendan Spillane and Willie Braine to name but a few who have all led Cuala teams to success over the past few years.

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 (u12 ),
  • Youths (13 – 18)
  • Adults ( 19+)

and the competencies that a coach is required to display when working with each of the playing populations. Therefore coaches can specialise in coaching the particular players that they are involved in.
The course aims to provide Coaches with the Information and with the Comprehension and Application abilities to know HOW to develop players’ capacities.  It is 16 Hours in duration and covers a number of key modules, as well as Introductory and Conclusion modules. These modules are:

  • Role of the Coach
  • Technical Proficiency
  • Tactical Prowess
  • Team Play
  • Physical Fitness
  • Playing Facts
  • Psychological Focus
  • Communication
  • Lifestyle
  • Rules

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.

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Cuala members can now book a place on the course directly through Cuala Coaching at and qualify for a reduced fee of €50 which is funded by your Games Section.

Ken FitzGerald
087 6830296