Recipients of Lee Flag Coaching Awards for 2014 have recently been announced by Rebel Óg Coaching. A total of 61 clubs were recognised for their efforts in coaching under the Gold, Silver and Bronze headings, an increase of 50% from the 2013 scheme. All clubs listed will benefit from a host of rewards through 2015 such as extra GDA visits, entry to draws for Munster & All Ireland tickets, entry to draw for the chance to play in Croke Park Blitzes, to name but a few. The biggest benefit to the clubs involved however is the fact that they are working in the coaching areas proven to help improve maximize participation and to develop skill levels of their players. Overall winners selected in each category were Carrigtwohill (Gold), Youghal (Silver) and Kildorrery (Bronze).
Games Manager Kevin O Callaghan noted that “the clubs who entered for the scheme are all putting in an unbelievable effort to keep GAA at the forefront of their communities. The quality of the coaching taking place in these clubs is first class and the quality of the players they will produce is going to be of a very high standard. All clubs have a Coaching Officer in place who is usually well-supported by a Coaching Committee and this is a template that all clubs should follow over the next few years to keep coaching and games development at the forefront of their club.” He went on to point out that “Carrigtwohill are fully deserving of the overall award and having visited training sessions in the club at nursery level, there is a lot of planning and thought goes in to every session and the overall yearly goals for each age group at underage level.”
Cork Coaching Officer, Kevin O Donovan applauded all 61 clubs who engaged in the scheme in 2014, with all officers and coaches deserving enormous credit for the tremendous work which they are undertaking in the promotion of GAA. All the clubs across the three categories are winners as they are working to such as high standards both on and off the pitch to ensure they get their players to reach their potential.”
The clubs who receive accreditation will be presented with the certification by their local GDA within the next two weeks. GDAs will also be contacting all clubs in the next few days to provide feedback to club officers on submissions and answer any queries in relation to how they ranked among other clubs.
Further details on the Rebel Óg website