The GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association join forces to launch groundbreaking coach survey

The GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association are conducting the biggest ever coaching survey in Irish sport to help shape the future development of Gaelic games.

Coaches at every level in football, hurling and camogie are over the next three weeks being urged to make their voices heard by taking part in the online survey. 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 the online survey.

The comprehensive Gaelic games Coach Survey 2020 is targeting 10,000 responses and is looking for insights from coaches about their role and their needs and it’s the first time that the entire Gaelic games community has taken this approach.

Coaches that complete the survey will be offered the chance to take part in a draw, whereby three respondents will win Coaching Master Class sessions.

The Coaching Master Class will involve a coaching session for the winning coaches’ own team, and a coaching workshop for all of the coaches within their Club.

GAA Coach Education Officer, Dr Peter Horgan said:

“Coaches play an extremely important role in Gaelic games. 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.”

Uachtarán CLG John Horan said:

“We are living in a time of unprecedented popularity for Gaelic games. 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.

“Coaches pass on a love of our games. They are instrumental at enabling players perform at their best and this survey is an opportunity to ensure that coach education and development is meeting their needs and continuing to produce the exceptionally talented players that we see across club and county level.”

President of the Camogie Association, Kathleen Woods, welcomed the announcement, saying:

“We are delighted to support this important research which will give us a great insight into the world of our wonderful coaches throughout the Gaelic Games family.

“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.

“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.”

LGFA President Marie Hickey commented:

“We are incredibly proud of the role that coaches play within our organisation, as they hone the skills of players at all levels from underage right through to senior.

“We have a network of coaches dotted across the country and overseas, who are doing some brilliant work on behalf of the LGFA.

“We are also working tirelessly to encourage more and more of our past players to get involved in coaching, and to take their first steps on our Coach Education pathway.

“It is imperative that our coaches are equipped with the tools which will allow them to develop our sport.

“Coaching is a multi-faceted discipline, with key skills and qualities required to fulfil the role. In that regard, research that explores best practice and education should be welcomed and embraced.

“I would encourage as many of our coaches as possible to engage with the survey, and your feedback will prove invaluable. I look forward to the results that emerge from what is sure to be a substantial body of work.”

Details of the Gaelic games coach survey are available HERE