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Ireland: Coaching Clinics, Workshops & Festival coming up in July, August & September 2014.

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Irish Grassroots Football

Lusk United Improving Coach Education

In order to improve we must be prepared develop. In order to improve the standard of player we are producing, we must improve the standard of coach.

The biggest issue we have in Ireland is we have very few qualified coaches working with kids and many of the ones that are qualified are not current and what I mean by current is they attained their badges many many years ago and never attend workshops to continually develop. A child 10 years ago is very different to a child today. How we coached 3 years ago is completely different to how we should coach today. We must be prepared to learn from others, good or bad, but we must continue to develop our coaching skills & philosophy. There is no better gift than getting educated. Making sure our coaches do the required courses to improve can have long lasting benefits on the kids that play.

Lusk United are introducing a scheme that will set a side funds for coach education. An easy but effective idea that will improve coach education at the club.

“In order to improve the standard of player we are producing, we must improve the standard of coaching” – tcd

Press Release Starts here>

Lusk United AFC

With a new coach education initiative in place, Lusk United aims to improve the standard of coaching at the club and subsequently improve the players and give them a better footballing experience.

Lusk United AFC has been at the heart of the community since it was founded in 1969. In November 2013 a brand new facility was opened that boasts a clubhouse with a bar and a full size floodlit pitch. The club now has approx. 300 players across 19 teams; 3 senior teams including an over 35’s, a girl’s only academy, and a kid’s academy, catering for 4-7 year olds. The club is actively involved in coaching within the local primary schools, as well as holding various FAI soccer camps for children, FAI workshops, and general community workshops for parents. The club recently implemented a new coach education initiative, which would see all memberships increase by €10. The use of the funding gained from the increase in fees will be set aside specifically and solely for coach education.

“Having a qualification doesn’t make you a great coach but it shows that the coach is determined to continue their education and has met certain standards of assessment at the very least”- Royal Spanish Football Federation

The club has 19 teams with 300 players in total.

  • Net annual gain: 300 x 10 = €3,000.
  • €3,000 will go towards the funding of FAI coaching courses on an annual basis.

An example of what could be achieved with this money:

  • 6 x 4v4 Small Sided Games Workshops at €25 each (€150),
  • 6 x 7v7 Small Sided Games Workshops at €25 each (€150),
  • 5 x Strength & Conditioning Workshopsat €25 each (€125),
  • 8 x Kickstart 1 Coaches at €45 per course (€360),
  • 6 x Kickstart 2 Coaches at €75 per course (€450),
  • 2 x Youth Certificate Coaches at €300 per course (€600),
  • 1 x UEFA B Coach at €1,250 per course (€1,250).

luck_Street_Skills_2It’s worth noting that in Feb 2013 after a survey of all managers and coaches (34) at the club only 35% had a Kick Start Level 1 or higher with only one coach with a Youth Certificate level of coaching.

In the space of one year after a concerted effort to get coaches to attend coaching courses and with the club paying 50% of the cost of coach education courses the club now has 44 coaches & managers with 77% having attained their Kick Start 1 or higher.  While there’s still more work to be done, the new coaching initiative (will fully fund coaching courses) will go a long way to achieving a standard where all coaches will have a minimum of a KickStart 1 before getting involved with a team at the club and see more coaches attain Youth Certificate and UEFA B level courses.

While there are a million and one things to be done at sports clubs we should all remember that the focus should be on the players and ensuring their time spent playing football can be looked back on with great fondness. Our goal as coaches should be to help them develop into well rounded young men and women and fulfill their potential whatever that may be, and the better the standard of our coaches, the greater the chance of that happening.

Thanks to Ciaran Russell and Niall McGuirk for this sending in this piece. The FAI Coaching Festival 2014 starts Wednesday 2nd to Monday 21st July at the AUL see more here> FAI COACHING FESTIVAL

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Coaching Clinics

Ireland Under-15 International Training Camp

After the success of the previous ones and with more and more coaches seeming to be interested in attending. Niall Harrison and the u15s are back in next week for some more work.

Please see attached

Timetable detailing the Under-15 International Training camp


30th October – 1st November 2011.

Niall Harrison, U15 Manager, has kindly offered those of you who are UEFA Licence holders, or those of you who are working towards completing a UEFA Licence, the opportunity to observe the training sessions/ coaching practices. Indeed, this camp is open to all coaches should you know anyone else who may be interested in attending and looking to add to their coaching knowledge.

Any coach available to attend all three days or any part(s) of the Training Camp should confirm their attendance by sending an email to Niall, at

Timetable → October Training Camp Observing Coaches Timetable

Coaching Coaching Clinics Irish Grassroots Football

Great Opportunity to watch and learn from our youngest talent

Whilst down at the Glaway Cup I bumped into some of Ireland’s best young coaches and I was delighted to find out that this Sunday (August 14th) the FAI’s the 1996 (u16s) International Elite Camp will be opened up to aspiring coaches.

The camp will run from Sunday the 14th to Wednesday 17th August and is completely free to anyone who wishes to attend. Training sessions are open to all coaches but you must REGISTER with the FAI before hand.

You can do this my contacting Niall Harrison by email at

Niall Harrison and the coaching staff will discuss with all observers the aims and objectives of the Elite Camp, you will get a first hand look into how a youth International team trains, works on functions of the game and prepares for competitive matches. You may not get a chance to meet the players, but you will get a chance to speak to the coaches and ask questions about the sessions, drills and anything the squad worked on that day.

Coach John Morling will present an Educational Presentation on logistics/procedures and that is just one of many presentations over the 4 days.

Observing Coaches Timetable

Sunday August 14

11.15am; Introduction to the aims and objectives of the Elite Camp for all observing coaches

11.45am; Player arrival at AUL complex and meet with staff

12.30pm – 1.30pm; Training session 1-Attacking (Defensive & Middle third)

14.00-5pm; Meet with coach for Q/A

6.15-7.15pm; Training Session 2-Attacking (Middle third & Final third)

7.30pm; Meet with coach for Q/A

8.45pm; Educational Presentation 1- John Morling (Logistics/Procedures) @ The Clarion Dublin Airport Hotel

9.30pm; Meet with presenter for Q/A

Monday August 15

10.30am-11.30am; Training Session 3- Defending (Strikers & Midfielders)

11.45am; Meet with coach for Q/A

4.30pm – 5.30pm; Training Session 4-Defending (Midfielders & Defenders)

5.45pm; Meet with coach for Q/A

8pm–845pm; Educational presentation 2- Colin Dunleavy (Diet, Nutrition, etc)

Free time

9pm; Meet with presenter for Q/A

Tuesday August 16

10.30am-11.30am; Training Session 5-Set Pieces/Individual work

11.45am; Meet with coach for Q/A

8pm-8.45pm; Educational Presentation 3-(Guest Speaker Professional Experiences)

Wednesday August 17

11am; MatchTeam A v Foreign opposition

1pm; MatchTeam B v Foreign opposition

Note: If you would like to attend any of the above sessions you must contact the FAI, the open Training sessions are open to all coaches but must register with Niall Harrison prior to session commencing. You will not be aloud into the venue unless you pre-register with Niall.

For more information contact

Niall Harrison

Football Association of Ireland (FAI)

Emerging Talent Programme National Coordinator

Ireland Under 15 Head Coach

Irish Grassroots Football

FAI Coaching Festival

Although this was mentioned in the Herald this week, I couldn’t find anything about it on the FAI website.

The festival will take place from the 7th to 10th July and is aimed at all levels of performance and will include workshops on Club Development.

The 4 days of coaching will cover the following: –

July 7 & 8th July – Volunteer and Club Development

9th -10th July – Senior Intro Coaching Course

Senior Intro Course

The senior intro coaching course is aimed at coaches/managers who coach adult players. Plan and implement functional practices and conditioned games for the 11 a-side game. Topics discussed include –

  • Pre Season Fitness
  • Diet
  • Set-Pieces
  • Attacking
  • Defending
  • Match Analysis
  • Club Development

Presenters will include Wim Koovermans (Former Dutch Youth Coach & Current High Performance Director), John Morling (U16& 17s Manager), Gerry Smith (Ireland Junior International Manager) and others.

The Festival start on Thursday 7th July at 10am and finishes Sunday 10th July.

If you want to register for this course contact

Anyone interested in coaching or wanting to further their coaching career should get involved with this, there seems to be alot covered over the 4 days.

Just got this from the organisers, click on link to download the application form Amateur Festival Application

Don’t forget the Ajax coaching workshop this weekend in Johnstown house; starts Friday evening and runs all day Saturday.