REBEL ÓG and Carbery GAA Board are joining forces as they prepare to hold a GAA coaching workshop in Clonakilty GAA Club on Saturday.
The coaching workshop is scheduled to start at 11am with Cork County Board Secretary/CEO Kevin O’Donovan scheduled to open proceedings.
The workshop promises to be a great event for all clubs within the division. Parallel talks on schools coaching, club coaching and the role of the coaching officer in the club will all take place.
This will be followed by a practical training session with a plentiful array of coaching advice available for coaches of all levels.
Guest speakers on the day will include Dr Edward Coughlan, a lecturer in CIT. He has worked with the Mayo footballers in strength and conditioning, while he was also the high-performance manager in DCU.
Former Cork hurling star and renowned coach Kevin Murray will also share his expertise on the day.
Carbery Board Coaching Officer Mark O’Donovan is looking forward to what promises to be a great day for all coaching enthusiasts. “We are hoping for a big crowd this Saturday. We are aiming at different strands of coaches in each club. Primary school coaches, the coaching officers in every club, youth clubs from U12 down and youth coaches from over 12 up.
“Kevin O’Donovan and Kevin Murray will be taking coaches separately. Dr Coughlan will speak for 45 minutes or so on coaching methods and different skill-sets etc. The coaches will then have a practical coaching session with Kevin Murray.
“It will be a very informative day,” revealed the Bantry Blues club man.
The event will benefit coaches at all levels across the region.
“We are aiming for a level of consistency across the division. We want the schools’ coaches to be following the same coaching programme in each school. We want the coaching officers to all work together. We want all the clubs in the division to be working off the same coaching programme.
“We have players at U10, U11 and U12 coming into development centres in Bantry, Clonakilty and Skibbereen. We want them to be all the same level. We want to raise the standard of coaching right across the division.
“This will benefit the players and their clubs going forward. We want all the coaches to come to Clonakilty and watch the practical side of coaching.
“The main theme of the event is for all the coaches to learn new information, go back to their clubs and implement the new ideas they gather from this event.
“It is important for the coaches with regards networking also. It is always good to share knowledge and ideas.”
Mark is very grateful to the Carbery Divisional Board for their help during his tenure as coaching officer. Their positive approach has been much appreciated.
“Both Donal McCarthy and Tommy Lyons have been very positive and helpful.
“The Carbery Board are very progressive. They are always very eager to help with coaching initiatives and to help progress players’ development within the division.
“The recent appointment of Paudie Crowley as GPO in the division is a huge boost and help going forward.
“Paudie has a great way about him. He is great at coaching children. He is a great appointment. The Carbery Board are to be applauded for their vision and financial backing.
“The clubs also deserve great credit for backing them.”
Attracting established GAA coaches such as Kevin Murray, Dr Edward Coughlan and Kevin O’Donovan to Clonakilty represents a huge fillip for local coaching enthusiasts revealed Mark.
“Kevin O’Donovan is a great communicator. He has excellent coaching experience. Coaches will gain a lot of great information from all three of them.
“It will be a very informative coaching workshop. Dr Coughlan has huge knowledge. He is big into sports science, skills, strength and conditioning etc. He is a high profile addition.
“He has also worked with the Dublin hurlers.
"Kevin Murray is another excellent coach. He has great experience both from a playing and coaching perspective. He is a great communicator.”
GAA coaching is rapidly changing.
Mark is hoping this coaching workshop will bring all the underage coaches within the Carbery division up to speed.
“Coaching is changing on an annual basis, coaches need to keep increasing their knowledge or they could be left behind. Social media is another great platform for coaches to broaden their knowledge.
“Information is very accessible nowadays. Strength and conditioning has been huge over the last few years. Before that, it was more about ability and mobility.
“Nowadays strength is the main emphasis. We held a coaching workshop in Bantry recently and the experienced coach Eamonn Ryan attended.
“His knowledge is so vast. He was emphasising the message that we can’t afford to neglect the basis skills in GAA.
“Getting the basis skills right, while mixing it with speed is huge and that is the key going forward.”
Mark is delighted with the voluntary coaching work which goes on behind the scenes within every club in the Carbery division.
“There is great work going on in all the clubs. There is some great coaching going on behind the scenes. It is great to see.
“The clubs are really driving the coaching programmes on. It is vitally important all clubs continue to drive it on and everyone will benefit.”