Becoming A Coach

Coaching is a way of leading, a way of treating people, a way of thinking, a way of being.
The purpose of coaching is to unlock peoples potential to maximise their own performance.
It is helping them to learn rather than teaching or telling them.
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Qualities Of A Good Coach

Positive

A good coach should try to make everyone’s experience positive, by being approachable, encouraging and considerate of each players needs.

ENTHUSIASTIC

A good coach should always be upbeat & optimistic with the players using appropriate verbal and body language.

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SUPPORTIVE

A coach should alway be supportive of players and show empathy when required.

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ORGANISED

A coach should be organised and prepared so that they can be fully focused when it’s time for training & matches.

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TRUSTING

The coach should work to earn the trust of the players and not abuse that trust. The coach should also trust the players to make decisions when the opportunity may be there.

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FOCUSED

A coach should be focused on providing an environment where their players, the team/club are at the centre of actions.

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GOAL ORIENTED

A coach should be focused on providing an environment where their players, the team/club are at the centre of actions.

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KNOWLEDGABLE

A coach should be focused on providing an environment where their players, the team/club are at the centre of actions.

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OBSERVANT

A coach should practice observation during training and games to get a better understanding of certain patterns of behaviour both positive and negative.

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RESPECTFUL

A coach should always be respectful of players, club, officials and the game.

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PATIENT

A coach needs patience and understanding knowing that player development is a long term process, where the fruits of their labour may not be noticeable for many years after their interaction.

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REFLECTIVE

Reflective practice and be a significant contributor to coach development.

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CLEAR COMMUNICATOR

A coach needs to communicate their messages clearly and effectively to all. They need to understand that some may need more direction than others but to be clear, patient and respectful always.

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A coach needs to communicate their messages clearly and effectively to all.
They need to understand that some may need more direction than others but to be clear, patient and respectful always.


If you wish to become a coach the following are the basic steps required for you to start on the coaching ladder.

You must meet the criteria involved in each step as you go along.

Recommended Coaching Pathway:

  • GARDA Vetting – A MUST
  • CHILD WELFARE & PROTECTION – A MUST
  • FOUNDATION LEVEL COURSE – A MUST
  • Award 1 course – Child, Youth & Adult
  • Award 2 course – Child, Youth & Adult
  • Basic First Aid
  • Award 3 course – Child, Youth & Adult
For more information on coaching and coaching requirements please contact club coaching officer – Gabrielle Hanlon.

If you wish to help out in other areas of the club, outside coaching, Garda Vetting and the completion of the Child Welfare and Protection course are basic requirements for all.