GAA Games Development Conference

The 2017 GAA Games Development Conference will take place in Croke Park on Friday, January 6th and Saturday, January 7th 2017. The 2017 Conference will focus on issues related to players across the playing pathway (Child, Youth and Adult players).
On Friday, January 6th we will have a special Games Based forum, including presentations by expert Hurling and Gaelic football coaches such as Paul Kinnerk, (Coach, Limerick Senior Hurling Team 2017), Mick Bohane, (Coach, Clare Senior Football Team 2016) and former Cavan footballer and Coach to Greater Western Sydney AFL Club, Nicholas Walsh.
For more information on the Games Based Forum at the Games Development Conference visit: This session will commence at 7.30pm, and conclude at 9.30pm.
Saturday, January 7th  will see a spectacular range of speakers presenting both key note and parallel workshops. The opening address begins at 9.30am, with the conference to close at 5pm. The full programme is available here.
In addition, we will have a specially constructed Researchers Exhibition, where a range of researchers from 3rd Level Institutions throughout Ireland will present on their ongoing work, and how it can influence the work of GAA coaches.
For more information on the Games Development Conference, visit the Conference Webpage or email:

The Coach10/MVA Model for Effective Coaching


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   Injury Prevention/Warm Up Programme

Introducing the 'GAA 15' Injury Prevention Programme in association with Salaso. This Programme is a series of short videos showing exercises that can be used to prevent injury in our players or as a standard warm up routine prior to a practice session or game. The exercises are broken into 6 key areas, i.e. Running, Strengthening, Sport Balance, Jumps, Hamstrings & Sport Specific.

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Games Development Conference 2016 - Overview

Mandatory Coaching Standards

Árd Chomhairle has approved the following standards for Inter-County and Club teams from 2016:

Inter County Management Teams

  • For the 2016 season, all Inter-County Management teams will contain an Award 2 coach. This person would ideally be the head coach. Applications for a derogation can be made to the National Games Development Committee where deemed to be in the best developmental interests of the relevant team.
  • For the 2018 season, all Inter-County Head Coaches will be Award 2 qualified.


Club Management Teams

  • For the 2016 season, all Club Management teams will contain an Award 1 coach. This person would ideally be the head coach.
  •  For the 2018 season, all Club Head Coaches will be Award 1 qualified.


The following initiatives have been prioritised to support the roll out of these standards across the Association.

1.The delivery mechanisms for the GAA Coach Education Programme to be expanded to include Online (, Communities of Practice and Mentoring.

2.Recognition of relevant competencies gained through non-GAA programmes or internal programmes, currently not formally linked to the GAA Coach Education Programme, will be facilitated and quality assured.

3.An assimilation programme will be established to recognise the competencies of managers and coaches who have gained experience and expertise without gaining GAA CEP qualifications to date.

For further information contact the GAA Games Development Department by telephone at (01) 8363222 or by email at

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