Coaching Opportunities

Seamus Curran, An Riocht Football Coaching Officer, invites you to a short meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th October @ Dunavil to discuss Coach Education over the autumn/winter months. This meeting is open to all current coaches and anyone thinking of getting involved.

Below please find information on some of the opportunities available.


As the 2016 season closes, your club, along with hundreds of others, will set its sights on further developing its own structures. The autumn/winter months afford opportunities to prepare coaches for next season & to take their expertise to a new level. Book your evening or weekend courses now to ensure your coaches are upskilled & ready to work confidently with next season's players.
The following sessions are on offer:
Effective Warm Ups –

how to identify all the elements of different types of effective warm ups, set them up and run them with different age groups.
Developing Game Sense –

promoting tactics and decision making to develop a greater understanding of the game.

Defending with Confidence – 

giving players the tools to stop opponents with confidence. Better movement as defenders and creating balance between attacking & defending.

The Art of Attacking and Scoring –

the roles of creativity, intelligence, technique and repetition.

Player Performance Coaching Workshop –

how to develop coaches who can spot and fix specific problems exhibited by individual players
Club Coaching Review –

taking an in-depth survey of your current coaching structures and prioritising areas for change
Head, Hands, Feet –

how to identify faults in player technique and use the HHF template to fix them
Translating from Paper to Pitch –

making sure your coaches are comfortable interpreting written drills and games and bringing these to the pitch, in original or modified form.

 All courses and workshops are a mix of indoor presentation and indoor/outdoor practical, involving the coaches and players each club chooses to target. Philip Kerr, Master Tutor


GAA coaches and managers are always looking that extra edge, searching for that latest training craze, touring the country to courses in pursuit of increased knowledge.

On Saturday 12th November, St Columbans GAA Coaching Clinic gives you that opportunity with two outdoor observational practical sessions, one by Antrim Senior Inter-county football managers Gearoid Adams and Frank Fitzsimons on the theme “conditioning a team through small sided games” and a second by Trinity College GAA Development Officer Conor Laverty on the theme “transitioning effectively during games” Anthony Mc Grath Donegal U21 coach will then deliver an indoor session on the theme of “how sports psychology can help your team” and James Mc Cartan Down minor manager will speak about “Dealing with the pressures of modern day management



Date: Wednesday 16/11/2016   Tutor: Tony Scullion   Time: 7pm

Date: Wednesday 23/11/2016 Tutor: Davy O'Hare   Time: 7pm

Date: Wednesday 7/12/2016 Tutor: Roger Keenan   Time: 7pm

Date: Wednesday 11/1/2017 Tutor: Gary Mallon Time: 7pm


Date: Wednesday 1/2/2017 Tutor: Shane McCann Time: 7pm

Date: Wednesday 22/2/2017   Tutor: Davy O'Hare Time: 7pm

Date: Wednesday 1/3/2017 Tutor: Kevin McGuigan Time: 7pm

Date: Wednesday 8/3/2017 Tutor: Conor O'Toole Time: 7pm

Clubs who wish to organise Child Protection Courses or Foundation Level Coaching Courses are asked to contact Down GAA.


The theme of this year's Ulster GAA Coaching Conference on Saturday 12th November at Hotel Kilmore Cavan will be ‘Club & Player Pathway' and it will focus on the development of the key skills required by coaches to develop their players as they progress along a pathway from child through to youth and adult players.

Consideration will be given to

*age related games

*physical development

*technical development  

*tactical development

*development of technical coaching of kicking and tackling

*improving first touch

*building intensity into sessions

*health related elements of the performance pathway.

 A selection of special guests from the world of Gaelic Games including Jack O'Connor (Kerry Manager) and Eddie Brennan (Kilkenny 8 time All Ireland winner) will keep the delegates enthused as they share their experiences and try to encourage coaches to better themselves as they strive to improve their players and their clubs.

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Upcoming Activities

Monday 22 May

11am Men’s Shed; 2pm Coaching at Gaelscoil na mBeann; 7.30pm Senior Camogie An Riocht v Longstone; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 23 May

6pm Irish Dancing; P5/P6 Football in Longstone, cars leave Dunavil 6.15pm; 6.30pm P1/P2 and P3/P4 Camogie practice; 7.15pm Boot Camp; 7.30pm P5/P6 and U12 Camogie practice; 7.30pm U16 Camogie Shamrocks v An Riocht; Spanish Lessons.

Wednesday 24 May

11am Men’s Shed; 2.45pm Coaching at Grange PS; 6pm Ladies Circuits; 6.30pm U14 Football practice; 7.30pm Junior Camogie An Riocht v Aghaderg; 7.30pm Senior/Minor Camogie practice; 7.30pm Senior/Reserve football; 8.30pm short meeting to progress the ‘Walking Club’ immediately after the Junior Camogie match, anyone interested should attend; 8.30pm KYC summer programme - May to September -  meeting.

Thursday 25 May

6.30pm P5/P6 Football practice; 6.45pm U12 Football practice; 7.30pm P3/P4 Football v Longstone at Dunavil; 6.30pm Kids Activities for aged 4 to 7 with Jennifer; 7pm Girls Activities aged 8 to 11 with Aedin; 7pm Boot Camp; 6.45pm U14 Camogie practice; 7.30pm U16 Camogie practice;8pm Camogie monthly meeting; 8pm Basketball

Friday 26 May

11am Men’s Shed; 7pm Kids Cinema; 7.30pm Senior Football Castlewellan v An Riocht; 7.30pm Senior/Junior Camogie practice.

Saturday 27 May

10am P5/P6 Football Blitz; 11am P1/P2 Football; 12pm P3/P4 Football; 12pm U12 Camogie Aghaderg v An Riocht; P1/P2, P3/P4 & P5/P6 Camogie Blitzes in Darragh Cross

Sunday 28 May

10.30am Breakfast @ Dunavil; 11am U12 Football An Riocht v Warrenpoint; 2pm Reserve Football Burren v An Riocht; 8pm Bingo

Monday 29 May

11am Men’s Shed; 7.30pm Senior Camogie An Riocht v Ballyholland; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 30 May


6pm Irish Dancing; 6.30pm P1/P2 and P3/P4 Camogie practice; Spanish Lessons; 7.15pm Boot Camp; 7.30pm P5/P6 and U12 Camogie practice; 7.30pm U18 Camogie An Riocht v Ballyholland; U14 Camogie Longstone v An Riocht.