Over the next three weeks coaches at every level of football, hurling and camogie are being encouraged and urged to make their voices heard via a new online survey that explores all aspects of how the sports are coached at every level.
The survey explores the personal history in coaching, the motivation for getting involved and more.
This is the first time that such an approach has been taken across the entire Gaelic games community.
Targeting more than 10,000 responses, it makes it one of the most comprehensive coaching studies ever undertaken.
“Coaches play an extremely important role in Gaelic games,” said GAA Coach Education Officer Peter Horgan.
“They provide support and guidance for their teams and players, and none more so than in the current suspension of activities. Within the GAA we have tried to support coaches to play their role with resources and educational programmes.”
“To further that support, each of the Gaelic games associations have come together and developed a programme of research to investigate coaching practices and coach education. We are interested in feedback from coaches on their coaching experience, their coaching practice and how coaches see coaching into the future. We are also very interested in coaches’ experience of coach education, and what coaches feel are their own learning needs.”
“The online survey will be available over the next three weeks, and I would encourage all coaches – regardless of your level of experience or whether you coach at club, school, or county levels – to provide their feedback.”
“This will allow us to better understand the coach within Gaelic games and for us to plan for the types of supports that we will be providing into the future. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous, and confidential.”
“We are living in a time of unprecedented popularity for Gaelic games,” added GAA president John Horan.
“We have record numbers of teams playing and young people attending our camps and enjoying our games.”
“With that success comes a responsibility to ensure that coach development is helping us to maximise our potential. We have a network of excellent coaching and games development staff operating across every county, and this helps to support the army of volunteer coaches and mentors who play such an invaluable role at club level.”
“Coaching is a vocation to many volunteers and they provide expertise, support, enthusiasm and guidance to players within our games at all ages and levels of the game, to enable players to enjoy our games as much as possible and to reach their full potential,” said Camogie Association president Kathleen Woods.
“Coaches are a vital part of our Association and I look forward to seeing the results of this great initiative so we can further improve our relationship with this key group of volunteers.”
“We have a network of coaches dotted across the country and overseas, who are doing some brilliant work,” concluded LGFA President Marie Hickey.
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“Fair play you are doing a brilliant job of keeping us all informed and motivated”