Introduction to Coaching

The Club is the fundamental unit of the GAA. It is where members begin their involvement with the GAA, and where they continue their involvement long after playing careers have finished. The area of coaching and games development forms a large part of the activities that take place within the Club.

The coach has a central role in the development of the GAA player. Coaches assist players in developing to their potential - whatever that maybe. The challenge for the coach is to create the right conditions for learning to happen and to empower the player to develop him/herself to reach their potential.

This section will cover topics for a range of people - from those who would like to become a coach to experienced coaches who are looking to develop their coaching and sports science knowledge.

Coaching information is provided for coaches of children, youths and adults. This is to recognise the many differences that coaches are faced with when coaching each of these age and development stages. Much of the information on the art of coaching will apply across the three stages, but differences in technical, tactical and team play development as well as physical and psychological areas are dealt with according to the stage of development.

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