Busy Times for Cork Coaching Staff! 2013-02-18 13:38:00

Coiste Oiliúna held its Coaching Conference on Saturday 9th February in Mallow. Over 120 coaches attended the key note address by Pat Daly, National Director of Games, who gave coaches an outline of the "COACH 10" coaching model which has a games based approach to training at it core.
The coaches were then treated to parallel practical sessions. Damien Coleman of Portumna (hurling) and Sean Dempsey of Laois (football) demonstrated key defensive skills through drills and games.
The second practical sessions were delivered by Niall Moran of Limerick and James MacCarthy of Castlehaven. The feedback from coaches was very positive in the aftermath.

Over 30 teachers attended a fundamental movement skills workshop with Setanta College on Thursday 7th February in Bishopstown.
The workshop was the culmination of an on line education programme between Coiste Oiliúna, Cork Sports Partnership and Setanta College for which teachers receive HETAC Certification. Expert tutors on the day were Damien Young and Dr Liam Hennessy. The teachers will now return to their schools to work on implementing their learning with the younger age groups.

Throughout the week of February 11th to 17th, Coiste Oiliúna ran hurling and football sessions for fé14 players across all Divisions.
The basic skills in hurling and football were the main focus of activity and over 500 players got top quality coaching from the Games Development Administrators.
This programme is working towards a Blitz for players in June which will see the best under 14 players in the county coming together in preparation for Cork Fé 14 squads in both hurling and football.

The coach education season is in full flow at present.
Award One courses are being rolled out in Meelin and Ardfield while Youghal also kicks off (Monday 18th February).
The courses are a very useful way for clubs to upskill their coaches and Coiste Oiliúna encourage at least one coach of each team in your club to undertake this course to ensure you are getting the most from your players.

The club nursery programme continues around the county with excellent feedback from the clubs involved.
Should your club wish to put a coaching plan in place for your nursery section (Fé12 down), then give your local Games Development Administrator a call to arrange for the programme to be rolled out.

Watch this space for details of the LEE FLAG Scheme which will recognise clubs who are engaging in coaching best practice around the county.
Working on a similar basis to the "Green Flag" at Primary School level, the flag will be awarded to clubs who meet specific criteria set out by Coiste Oiliúna. Details are to be unveiled in the coming days.
Coiste Oiliúna would encourage clubs to seriously consider pushing to meet the criteria set out.

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