Planning the key to future progress in coaching area

Published 15/12/2015 | 00:00

Wexford Coaching and Games Development are embarking upon a comprehensive planning exercise for 2016 to ensure the continued support for all stakeholders in Gaelic games to attain the highest possible standards.

Coaching Officer, P.J. O'Farrell, along with Games Development Manager, Eoin Morrissey, wrote about building on their services to clubs, schools and squads in 2016 in their report before county Convention.

'The formation of the Model Academy programme through the County Strategic Plan is an exciting and important step for the county and we look forward to working with everybody and continuing to raise the bar for Wexford G.A.A.,' they added.

Highlighting coaching education as being a pivotal part of the games development strategy, Wexford Coaching and Games run Foundation and Award 1 courses while Leinster Council in conjunction with counties run Award 2 courses regionally.

The report also stressed that it is their aim to run a minimum of ten Foundation Awards and five Award 1 courses, with the courses traditionally starting in October and finishing in March.

It is estimated that over 200 coaches will upskill themselves throughout this period, while Wexford will also be hosting an Award 2 course in Rathnure G.A.A. club.

Wexford Coaching and Games offer coaching support to all secondary schools who wish to avail of it.

The aim is to assist schools in the running of their teams to facilitate participation in all games and blitzes.

The G.A.A. Leadership and Coaching Programme aims to improve the overall concept of educating young people in the art of coaching Gaelic games.

In 2015, 14 schools have signed up with over 400 students participating.

The report also dealt at length with the under-age academies and development squads.

Relating to Summer and Easter camps, there was a 34% increase on 2014 attendance figures, rising from 2,800 to 4,200 in 2015.

Thirty-three camps ran over the course of the summer with 80 coaches, seven supervisors and countless volunteers involved.

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