New army of coaches
Leinster G.A.A. has awarded qualifications to more than 120 new coaching graduates to help drive a multi-million euro investment in the province.
There will be more than €4.5m spent on coaching and games development in Leinster G.A.A. in 2016.
As part of this plan, last weekend Leinster G.A.A. honoured its latest coaching recruits at a special ceremony at Croke Park.
There were 42 recipients of an Award 2 coach qualification which is the Association's highest award. It is in keeping with a nationwide G.A.A. plan to be 'Coach Ready 2018'. In two years' time it will be a mandatory requirement for all inter-county coaches to hold an Award 2 coaching qualification.
In the last three years there have been 72 people who have undergone a special G.A.A. specific resistance training course, and all were recognised on the night
Finally, there were nine coaches who successfully gained qualification on a tutor course that will increase the ability to deliver more courses around Leinster.
Leinster G.A.A. Vice-Chairman Jim Bolger from Carlow presented the qualifications and heaped praised on the new members of Leinster G.A.A's coaching elite.