Upcoming Coaching Courses

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Foundation Award Course

Moynalvey GAA Club (Football) Monday 23rd and Wednesday 25th at 7.30pm

Cost €10 pp on the night

Contact jenny.rispin.gda.meath@gaa.ie for more information or to book a place.

Any club that would like to host a Foundation course in their club in the Winter/Spring should contact their regional GDA.

Award One Youth/Adult Hurling

Donaghmore/Ashbourne GAA Club – Every Friday from 20th October – 8th December

8 Modules covering communication, building and breaking skills, physical literacy, team play and more! All dates have to be attended to receive full certification and participants must have completed the Foundation Award.

Contact martin.lynch.gpo.meath@gaa.ie for more information or to book a place.


Award One Youth/Adult Football

Summerhill GAA Club – Start Tuesday 7th November (+Sat 11th, Sat 18th, Tues 21st, Wed 22nd & Tues 28th)

8 Modules covering communication, building and breaking skills, physical fitness, team play and more! All dates have to be attended to receive full certification and participants must have completed the Foundation Award.

Cost: €70pp. Discount available if more than 3 people attend from the same club.

Contact jenny.rispin.gda.meath@gaa.ie for more information or to book a place.

Child Protection Awareness/Code of Best Practice

St Colmcilles GAA Club – Monday 6th November 7pm

Dunganny Centre of Excellence – Monday 20th November 7pm

Ratoath GAA Club – Monday 4th December 7pm

This course is required for any mentor working with children and is completed as part of the Foundation Award.

Cost €10 pp on the night

Book in advance with dudley.farrell.gda.meath@gaa.ie


There may be additional courses before the end of the year depending on interest and there will be a full schedule of courses and workshops in the New Year.

Meath Coaching and Games are running an Online Football Foundation course – Participants complete the Theory element online before attending the Practical session in Dunganny Thursday 22nd June 7pm. 
*Please note all applicants must also complete the GAA Child Protection in Sport awareness workshop (Code of Best Practice) along with the course (It may be completed after doing the course).Cost of Course €10 which must be paid on the day of the practical.

Please book your place through Eventbrite.

There is an Award One Football Youth/Adult course starting next week in Dunganny Centre of Excellence.
Session 1 Tuesday 6th June
Session 2 Thursday 8th June
Session 3 Saturday 10th June
Session 4 Saturday 10th June
Session 5 Monday 12th June
Session 6 Wednesday 14th June
Session 7 Monday 19th June
Session 8 Wednesday 21st June
Weeknights 7.30pm – 10pm
Saturday 9.30am – 3pm
Cost: €70pp – If 4 people from the same club attend a course, one place will be free. (4 for the price of 3).
*All dates to be attended. Coaches must have their Foundation Course completed before attending this course
Please contact jenny.rispin.gda.meath@gaa.ie to book a place . 

Following the success of our “Faster & Fitter For Gaelic Games” Workshop held in February, we are running a Speed Development and Skills Testing Workshop on April 15th in the Meath GAA Centre of Excellence Dunganny.

Once again, Meath GAA Head of Athletic Development John Coghlan will deliver this hugely interesting and important workshop which aims to equip coaches with the knowledge and skills to deliver to players in their clubs.

The workshop is open to all coaches (Football & Hurling) from Under 8 to senior and will focus on many important topics such as:

  • Running/ Body mechanics
  • Sprint Technique
  • Measuring Speed in players

Included as part of the workshop will be a demonstration by Games Development Staff of the new Meath GAA skills tests currently being rolled out in clubs. This is an ideal opportunity for coaches to see how these tests are, organised, implemented, and how scores are recorded.

Booking can be made through the Meath GAA website ( Eventbrite) and places are reserved to the first 60 bookings.

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Meath GAA




Go Games Referee Course

Go Games Referee course to cover both football and hurling will be held on Saturday 11th March 10am to 12.30pm in Dunganny.  The cost for the course is €10.

Each participant must first do an online test before attending Dunganny session on Mar 11th.  The final session is the Launch Days in Dunganny on 25th March for football & 1st April for hurling.   See details of online registration below. Once they are registered they will be sent the exam details.

We also request those that did the course last year to attend and move up the levels to U9/U10/U11.


NB: Information for Clubs:

Clubs should appoint a designated person within their coaching committee that is responsible for:

• Identifying suitable candidates to take part in the course

• Advise of training days & book them into the course

• Ensure those aged 16+ get Garda haveVetting form signed by parents

• Ensure the Consent & Code of Conduct form (attached) is also completed by parents of participants & the participants respectively.

• Keep Club database of who completed the course and what stage they are at i.e. Go Games Year 1 or 2

• Ensure they are paid expenses for the matches

We should also ask that club’s take more responsibility for all young Go Games Referees on their grounds. Many of these are still children learning something new and should be encouraged to stay on the referee pathway. Go Games are non-competitive so children learn the skills of the game in a suitable environment, it is the same for our young referees. Remind all parents, mentors and players of the Give Respect, Get Respect Code.

Go Games Referee course:

* The course aims to provide participants with knowledge of the rules of Go Games and a understanding of fair play and the role of the referee

* There are 2 parts to this phase:  Year 1: U7/U8 Go Games  & Year 2: U9/U10/U11 Go Games

* Ideally participants should be age 16+  (but will accept 15+) & be a member of the GAA

* The course is carried out over three sessions

Session 1 is entrance exam carried out online before attending the next session

Session 2 is classroom based training (Dunganny Mar 11th)

Session 3 is pitch based learning and evaluation (Mar 25th & Apr 1st)

* Participants will receive certification upon completion as well as their referees pack

Signing up –  instructions:

To sign up for the course follow the link to Eventbrite and follow instructions below.

Once people are signed up using their email address, they will receive the link to the Online Exam which must be completed before attending the course.

If participants did the course last year they should opt for Year 2 – Football or Hurling in the ticket section.