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

Wednesday 18th

11am Men’s Shed; 6pm Ladies Circuits; 7pm P1 to U12 Camogie Presentation Night; 7pm Kingdom Walkers from the Leisure Centre; 7pm All Together Now Disability Inclusion programme for aged 12+

Thursday 19th

6pm Irish Dancing; 6.30pm to 8.30pm Activities for aged 4 to 8 boys and girls; 7pm to 9pm Girls Club for aged 8 to 12 years; 7pm to 9pm Bridging the Divide Inclusion programme; 7.15pm visit from Mourne Youth Forum LOHAH group; 7.30pm U13 Football An Riocht v Clonduff; 7.30pm Senior Football Kilcoo v An Riocht 7.40pm Basketball Andersonstown Tigers v Knights at La Salle.

Friday 20th

11am Men’s Shed; 7pm Kids Movie Night; 7pm to 9pm Boys Club for aged 9 to 12 years; 6.30pm P6 Football; 7.30pm P7 Football

Saturday 21st 

7.30am Kingdom Walkers at Mourne Park; 11am P1/P2 Football; 12pm P3/P4 football; 3pm Birthday Party

Sunday 22nd

10.30am Breakfast at Dunavil; 11am U11 Football An Riocht Gaels v Ballyholland ‘A’ and An Riocht Ogs v Mayobridge ‘B’; 2.30pm Birthday Party; 8pm Bingo

Monday 23rd  

11am Men’s Shed trip to Tayto Tandragee; 6.30pm Secondary School aged Drop-in; 7pm Girls Club for First Year+; 7pm Dunaman Community meeting; 7pm P6 Football in the hall; 7.30pm Irish Language Beginners Class; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 24th  


6pm Irish Dancing; 6.30pm to 7.30pm, Kilkeel Library presents Irish sources of local place-names by Gordon McCoy Irish Language Education Officer East Belfast Mission, everyone welcome (booking essential); 7pm Primary School aged Drop-in; 7.15pm Bootcamp.