Kevin Broderick is our Club Coaching Officer
The Club Coaching Officer will forge close links with the local national and secondary schools to monitor the participation and progress of all the club’s players within the schools’ system. The officer will help co-ordinate a balanced programme of training, rest and games between school and club activities.
The Club Coaching Officer will have a key role in ensuring that players are afforded adequate rest and recovery periods between training sessions and have appropriate diagnosis and treatment of injuries. The officer should also mediate between the variety of team coaches that young players find themselves working with. Most importantly in today’s climate the Club Coaching Officer, with his committee, should monitor the progress of all players so that they are not subjected to an over intensive programme.
The Club Coaching Officer will be responsible for organising a high-quality Vhi Cúl Camp for all the children of the locality from 7 up to 13 years of age. Remember for many children, and particularly for those of new families in the community, the Vhi Cúl Camp will be their first introduction to your club. If it is a fun and rewarding experience for the child then he or she will want to continue his involvement with the club.
The Club Coaching Officer will ensure that best practice is promoted in the coaching and organisation of games at each age group, particularly underage. The Club nursery should focus on the development of appropriate skills for children aged 5 - 8. Within the 8-12 year old age group the Club Coaching Officer will ensure that the Go Games philosophy is nurtured and developed as a central part of the Club Coaching Programme. As young players progress into adolescence, the Club Coaching Officer will encourage the best players to participate in the County Schools of Excellence and Development Squads.
The Club Coaching Officer will promote the education and qualification of all coaches within the club. He will encourage all Club coaches to attend appropriate courses, workshops and seminars and receive coaching qualifications. He will support the recruitment and development of coaches within the club, e.g. by sourcing mentors etc.
An essential function of the Coaching Officer should be to create a booking timetable of pitches and training equipment so each team and its mentors get a fair share of scarce and valuable Club facilities. This will promote an atmosphere of harmony and respect within the Club family.