We are committed to creating and maintaining an environment where our children and young adults can grow and learn in a fun, safe and creative environment. A place where they encouraged to learn and grow, as people and as players, where they are challenged to be the best they can, and where they are appreciated for who they are.
Success is measured not only by results on the field, but also by the development of all our players, and our ability to coach skilful, well balanced, intelligent footballers that are adaptable, comfortable on both feet and capable of playing the game at the highest level.
In addition, the aim for our underage players is to help them develop into well-rounded young men and women with an appreciation for all that’s great in Gaelic Football, and to increase the number of our players who continue to play football into their teenage years and onto adult level.
The core principles for our coaching team are built around;
To achieve this, we are always looking for ways to improve and develop our methods and coaching systems. A number of years ago the club produced our own coaching manual, this is the foundation that all additional work has been built on.
More recently the coaching committee has looked at the systems and methods that are being adopted as best practice in other clubs and counties,
This is known as “The Long Player Development Model”
We have customised these guidelines into our own “Player Pathway” the principle aim of the plan is to ensure that we are;
“Doing the Right thing,
At the Right time
In the Right way”
For all our underage players
The pathway sets out the key characteristics and identifies the age appropriate content for each stage of the player’s career. It outlines the skills, the physicals development, and the abilities the club expects each age group to concentrate on. Coaches and players are not limited to this, but these skills must be cover at a minimum. This is a continuous work-in-progress and will improve / upgrade over time.