GAA Games Development Conference 2018

The GAA Games Development Conference 2018 in partnership with Sky Sports was held on Friday and Saturday, January 12th and 13th 2018 in Croke Park.

2018 Conference Summary                                                                                

Run as a partnership between all of the Gaelic Games Associations, the Conference saw over 400 delegates attend an opportunity to access talks relating to key coaching issues in Hurling/Camogie, Gaelic football/Ladies Gaelic football, Handball and Rounders which are related to players across the entire player development pathway.

Speakers included:

  • Paul McGinley, Professional Golfer and Captain of the European team for the Ryder Cup 2014
  • Stuart Lancaster, Senior Coach, Leinster Rugby team
  • John McGrath, coach to Luvo Manyonga Olympic Silver Medallist, World Champion Long Jumper
  • Tommy Walsh, forme Kilkenny Senior Hurler
  • Stephen McDonnell, former Armagh Senior Footballer
  • Diarmuid Lyng, former Wexford Senior Hurler
  • Tony Óg Regan, Psychologist to the Galway Minor Hurling team, All Ireland Champions 2017
  • Peter Keane, Manager of the Kerry Minor Football team, All Ireland Champions 2017
  • Ashley Jones, Strength and Conditioning coach, formerly coach to the New Zealand All Blacks

Conference presentations and video available

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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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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