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First of the Six Coaching Workshops is tonight, November 4th

By Sinéad Breen Donegal PRO Mon 4th Nov

First of the Six Coaching Workshops is tonight, November 4th
First of the Six Coaching Workshops is tonight, November 4th

Coaching Workshops

The first of the six coaching workshops for youth and adult coaches, organised by Games Development Manager Aaron Kyles, is tonight November 4th. It will be led by renowned Ulster GAA coach Roger Keenan and is on “Handling and Passing”. It starts in the Aura Centre Letterkenny at 7.00 pm and runs until 10.00 pm.


Currently six have been agreed from November 4th until February 4th and more will follow. Aaron is currently in discussions about the February to April schedule and is working based on the preferences from Coaches as revealed by the recent survey completed by clubs.


Two weeks from now CLG Dhún na nGall are hosting an inter-active practical indoor/outdoor hurling workshop on, Wednesday November 20th, also in the Aura Centre in Letterkenny. Club coaches at youth and adult level will be taken through the coaching points of the various skills involved in hurling. Where possible coaches should be prepared to take part. Martin Fogarty, the National Hurling Development Officer will be the presenter. It will run from 7 pm to 10 pm. All coaches interested in attending this valuable coaching event should click on the link below.


The third of the series will also be in the Aura Centre Letterkenny on Wednesday December 4th and will be on movement and skill development in Gaelic Games. It will be conducted by Gareth Thornton from Ulster GAA and will run from 7.00 to 10.00 pm. It will be an inter-active workshop primarily aimed at coaches working with 4-14 year olds. They will be exposed to the progression from physical literacy skills to the introduction of Gaelic specific skills. Where possible coaches should come prepared to take part. Again there is an Event Brite invitation link:


The fourth and last workshop of the year will be a little different and will be in LYIT rather than the Aura Centre. It is a talk on Strength on Conditioning followed by a Q&A session rather than a workshop with active coach participation. It will be be given by Joe O’Connor a lecturer in Exercise Physiology & Performance Nutrition at the Institute of Technology in Tralee. Joe is also owner of Nissus Fitness. He has served as S&C coach with the Kerry Senior Footballers and Waterford Senior Hurlers as well as performing the same role in helping to guide Clare (2013) and Limerick (2018), his native county, to Liam McCarthy success. The Eventbrite link for booking places is below:


Of the further workshops planned for 2020, two are already confirmed: Planning the Club Season (Jan 20th) and Tackling and Evasion (Feb 4th). The booking links for these courses will appear on in the next few weeks.


Foundation and Level 1 Courses


Pre-Christmas CLG Dhún nan Gall are holding Foundation Coaching Courses & Child Protection Courses in a range of locations across the County.  Child Protection Course will be on the Friday night and coaching course will be on the Saturday at the following venues:


North West – The Bridge, St. Michaels, Dunfanaghy on the 8th/9th of November

Inishowen – Páirc Uí Dhochartaigh, Carndonagh on the 22nd/23rd of November

South – Páirc Gearóid O’Gallachóir, Naomh Náille, Mountcharles on the 6th/7th of December


South West and East will both host courses in the new year. Dates will be confirmed and venues scheduled by the end of November.  Hurling –courses will also be in the new year and again dates and venues will be confirmed and published by the end of next month.


Pre-Christmas CLG Dhún nan Gall will also be holding Level 1 Youth & Adult Coaching Courses in the following two regions:

South – Fr Tierney Park, Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon on the 22nd, 23rd & 30th of November

East – Páirc Naomh Columba, Glenswilly on the 6th, 7th & 14th of December.


Level 1 courses in the other three regions – Inishowen, the North West and the South West will be in 2020. Again, venues and dates will be confirmed before the end of November.
To book a course an Eventbrite link will be made available to both book places on the course and to pay for these places. Following this, potential participants who pay for the course on Eventbrite will receive a registration link, by email, within 24 hours enabling them to register for the course. The Eventbrite links will be live on 24th of October for Foundation course and 25th of October for Award 1 courses.


If you book a foundation course you will also be contacted about child protection registration. Both the foundation and child protection must be completed to receive certification.  You must have completed a Foundation Course before completing Award 1.


Games Development manager Aaron Kyles is available to answer queries at but is on annual leave for the week October 24th until Oct 31st. People can, of course, book online during that period and Aaron will email the registration link. However, in the event that Aaron misses the booking while on leave there is no need to panic. Once the booking has gone through Eventbrite the place on the course is saved and Aaron will get you the registration link when he returns to his office. The Eventbrite links are:


By Sinéad Breen Donegal PRO Mon 4th Nov

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