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Ulster Council Upcoming Coaching Courses, resources and projects

Monday, September 22, 2014

Please find below a number of Courses, resources and projects coming up over the next few months. 

Level 3 Diploma in Team Management in Gaelic Sport
Commencing Tuesday 7th October, Closing date 26th September - Places allocated on a first come first served basis!
Contact Roger on roger.keenan.ulster@gaa.ie for further details.

Level 2 Course
Ulster Council GAA are running a Level 2 Course aimed at Youth/Adult coaches.
Course: Award 2 Youth/Adult 
Dates: 10/11th & 24/25th October plus 8th November
Venue: Athletic Grounds, Armagh
Cost: £150
Closing Date: 26th September
Details: You must curently have Award 1. We have only 2 Youth/Adult Courses planned for the coming season and the other one is in Glenswilly, County Donegal.  As this may be your best chance of getting some of your coaches up-skilled to Award 2 it is important that you get this information out there. 
Further Details: roger.keenan.ulster@gaa.ie

Free GAA Coaching Awards
If you are unemployed or a club volunteer looking to develop their skills?  Ulster GAA will be running coaching awards for Foundation Football, Hurling and Disability inclusion.  An Employability skills workshop will also be offered free also.
Further Details: shane.mccann.ulster@gaa.ie or 079 2052 8793

Development of talent coaches
Sport NI are creating 3 regionally situated hubs (Coleraine – University of Ulster; Belfast – House of Sport; Dungannon – South West Regional College​) for the development of talent coaches.  They will be starting the project in October 2014.
Each one of the ‘hubs’ will begin with an introductory session during the week beginning 20th of October 2014.  Each hub will run  the same programme of workshops (approximately one every 2 -3 months) over a 18 month to 2 year period.
More details of the programme are available and if you are interested in improving yourself as a coach, please contact contacting myself at: kevin.kelly.ulster@gaa.ie
The targeted coaches for these hubs will be coaches currently active within the talent structures  i.e. County Academy Squads, County Minor, U21 or Senior coaching.
The programme will be supported by some of our colleagues based at the Sports Institute NI and also sports coach UK.

GAA Activity Planner

The GAA have come up with a great coaching resource in the Activity Planner

The GAA Activity Planner is an online tool to help coaches of Gaelic Games plan, save and share their sessions by selecting from a variety of coaching activities. The activities are categorised according to the stage of the player development pathway, type of skill and also activity type as described in the Coach 10 Activity Wheel.   

for more information of this FREE tool please check it out at http://learning.gaa.ie/planner/

The Activate GAA Warm-Up: Enhance Performance and Reduce Injury

Ulster GAA in conjunction with SINI have developed Activate GAA. Activate is a GAA specific warm-up for training and matches that improves movement skills and reduces injury. It is a dynamic warm up which includes the ball.  This website contains resources and training videos to complement Ulster GAA coaching courses and support the delivery of the warm-up to squads. http://activategaa.sini.co.uk/

Kevin Kelly 
Ulster Hurling Programme Officer

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