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Coaching Policy

Grassroots to National Programme

The Association, as a key service provider, is committed to maintaining a vibrant contribution to lifelong involvement in sport and physical activity through the implementation of the GAA Grassroots to National Programme (GNP). This will also serve as a basis to maximise involvement in Gaelic Games and optimise playing standards.

This programme is underpinned by the principles of fair play, an understanding of the inevitability of success and failure, and a recognition that increased effort and incremental improvement are required if players are to achieve their full potential. It will also focus increased attention on:

  • Providing attractive alternatives to sedentary lifestyles
  • Supplementing the work of voluntary officials
  • Increasing involvement in urban and/or non-traditional playing areas
  • Providing a blueprint for sports development in an international context – the constructs which underpin this programme can be applied on a universal basis.

OTú Games Development Model

The OTú Games Development Model provides a framework for ensuring that the principles which underpin the GNP are delivered on an integrated basis and in a holistic manner. The following core elements give practical expression to this:

  1. Pathway to Elite Performance (PEP)
  2. Skill Through Effort Project (STEP) and
  3. Coach, Administrator, Referee Education (CARE) with provision for Applied Lifelong Learning (ALL)
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.

Information is also provided on the GAA Coach Education Programme, (see Coach Education section).
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10 Dec 2010, 05:14