Future Leaders - Transition Year Programme


The “Future Leaders Transition Year Programme” is a joint initiaitive from the GAA and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of a series of modules designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils. The Programme gives pupils the knowledge and skills to support all roles required in the effective staging of Gaelic Games. As part of the programme pupils are challenged to organise and run a GAA Super Games Blitz or set up a Super Games Centre for younger students and/or support coaching of younger players in their school or community. 

2018/2019 Registration:

If your school is interested in participating in the GAA Future Leaders TY Programme for the academic year 2018-2019 please complete the details requested in the form here.


For more detailed information on the programme click here to download a PowerPoint presentation.

The Professional Development Service for Teachers ( PDST) are our partners in this programme and will be providing training and development to the teachers involved in this initiative. The PDST have been involved in the preparation of the Future Leaders programme providing advice on curriculum links, ensuring alignment with the TY programme, embedding the core concept of Physical Literacy, developing educational resources and delivering training to the participating schools. The PDST are Ireland’s largest professional development support service for teachers and the teacher training programme they have designed for the Future Leaders project complement curriculum and assessment practices in the TY classroom relevant to the modules listed below. The six modules meaningfully relate to several curriculum areas, promoting the development of Physical Literacy in particular and also encompassing the key skills taught at Junior Cycle.  

“The PDST team are delighted to be part of this wonderfully innovative project which provides rich opportunities for students to develop in the most holistic sense in line with the principles of the TY programme. I believe that this initiative provides a unique and creative learning pathway for young people to acquire skills which are both sports related and transferable not only across the curriculum, but beyond TY itself. It is a privilege to work with the schools involved and our colleagues in the GAA “ .

 Ciara O'Donnell, National Director of the PDST 

Course Structure:

  • The programme is comprised of 8 modules.
  • All modules are between 6 – 10hrs long, stand alone and individually certifiable. Pupils will receive a GAA Certificate for each completed module.
  • A school can choose to deliver one or more modules. Delivering all modules plus the organisation of a GAA Super Games Blitz/Centre through the students, and/or Coaching younger players in their school or community, results in the students being awarded a ‘GAA TY Future Leaders Certificate”.
  • The programme utilises the Learning Management Software of the GAA Learning Portal (learning.gaa.ie) to share information and provide each student with an online e-Portfolio to store and share documentation and assignments.

Recommended Format

  • Schedule Module Delivery prior to the organisation of the SGC
  • Organise Super Games Centre/Community Coaching Scheme between Jan – May


  • GAA Foundation Coaching & Physical Literacy Award


  • Future Leaders GAA TY Refereeing Module

  • Future Leaders GAA TY Administration Module

  • Future Leaders GAA TY Sports Journalism Module

  • Future Leaders GAA TY Performance Analysis Module              


  • Future Leaders GAA TY Event Management Module

  • Future Leaders GAA TY Wellness Module

  • Future Leaders GAA TY Nutrition Module                   


  • As pupils complete tasks for each Module, they upload the evidence and documentation for these to their e-Portfolio to be assessed.
  • Pupils receive certification for each module when all the tasks are completed and submitted to their e-Portfolio.

Pilot Phase 2 - 2017/2018:

Please note sign up for 2017/2018 is now closed.

  • Teacher Repository - Access here
  • Individual School Repositories - Access here
  • Click here for  
    on how to register on the site and Navigate to their school course.