Coach Education


The GAA Coach Education Awards have been streamlined into three distinct pathways – Child Youth and Adult. Coaches should determine which age group they wish to coach before embarking on the courses along that pathway.

Ulster GAA Coach Education Support

All coaches must complete the Foundation Award (theory units can be completed online), including a three hour module on the ‘Code of Ethics and Best Practice’, which is a compulsory unit for any coach or volunteer who works with children, youths and/or vulnerable groups.

Award One (14 Hours)

Open to coaches who have completed the Foundation Award. A series of interactive modules which are designed to engage coaches and motivate them to develop their coaching skills and move to the next level of coaching.

Award Two (28 Hours)

Open to coaches who have completed the relevant Award 1 Course. The content involves interactive modules for coaches who are working at performance levels. Coaches will be required to complete a portfolio of evidence, a number of lesson plans and deliver a practical session on a particular coaching strategy.

Award Three

Course currently under construction.

Open College Network (OCN) Level 3 Diploma Courses

Ulster GAA also organise a number of Diploma Courses accredited by OCN NI which are on the Qualifications Credits Framework. These courses are ideal for coaches who have completed Award 1 & 2 NGB Courses and who want to specialise in team management and/or performance coaching.

OCN Level 3 Diploma in GAA Team Management
OCN Level 3 Diploma in GAA Performance Coaching
OCN Level 3 Diploma in Performance Analysis
Additional coach development courses are delivered on an ongoing basis during the closed season. Details of all our courses can be found in the Irish News each Tuesday.

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