GAA Coach Webinar Series 2020

To help coaches through this difficult period, the GAA, An Cumann Camogaíochta and the LGFA created a series of coach development sessions to take place over the coming weeks. The sessions ran every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm, beginning on Thursday, March 26th 2020.

Since we have now moved to a new phase of the reopening of Gaelic games, the live sessions have been completed.

Over 14 weeks, we have held a total of 27 separate sessions. Some of the sessions were live Questions and Answers sessions with a coach.

Every Thursday we had a live webinar presented by a coach or coach developer.

Over the course of the 14 weeks, we had in excess of 19,000 live participants. Over the same time, we had almost 40,000 views Youtube.

To view any of the previous sessions, please visit the GAA Learning Youtube Channel (

Session 1

Topic: Q and A Session with Paudie Butler

Presenter: Paudie Butler

Session 2

Topic: Mentoring and Coaching Our Players - Online

Presenter: Brendan Harpur

Resources: Hurling and Camogie Player Position Specific Information, Hurling Camogie Player Self Reflection Form, Gaelic Football Player Position Specific Information, Gaelic Football Player Self Reflection Form

Session 3

Topic: Putting Together a Sustainable Coaching Programme

Speaker: Niall Corcoran

Resources: Crokes Can Awards, Kilmacud Crokes GAA Skills Booklet, Player Profile Form

Session 4

Topic: Expression & Freedom for Learning & Development – Let Children Be Children

Presenter: Owen Mooney 

Session 5

Topic: Transitioning from Defence to Attack

Presenter: Gerard O'Connor

Session 6

Topic: The Coach: Principal or Principled?

Speaker: Stuart Lancaster

Session 7

Topic: The Match-Play Demands of Hurling: 3 years in the making

Presenter: Dr Damien Young

Session 8

Topic: Coaching the Female Player.

Presenter: Cliodhna O'Connor and Orlaith Curran

Session 9

Topic: Empowering your Players: Lessons learned from top managers

Presenter: Shane Keegan

Session 10

Topic: Becoming a Better Coach

Presenter: Prof Wade Gilbert

Session 11

Topic: Performance Analysis - Why is it valuable?

Presenter: Johnny Bradley

Session 12

Topic: Game Centred Approaches to Sport

Presenter: Dr Shane Pill

Session 13

Topic: Nature and Nurture of Coaches

Presenter:  Liam Moggan

Session 14

Presenter: Eamon O'Shea

Session 15

Topic: Tactical Periodisation Model for Gaelic football

Presenter:  Shane Mangan

Session 16

Topic: Looking after mind & body

Presenter: Des Ryan (Head of Academy Sport Medicine and Sports Science at Arsenal FC)

Session 17

Topic: 'Preparing David to face Goliath- A case study'

Presenter: Ciaran Deely (QPR FC Academy Sport Scientist)

Session 18

Topic: Returning to Gaelic games post COVID - Keeping your squad fit and preventing injury

Presenter: Eamon O'Reilly

Session 19

Topic: TURAS: An Evidence Based Approach to Talent Development in the GAA

Presenters: Dr Áine MacNamara and James Devane

Session 20

Topic: Coaching is a Series of Ephiphanies

Presenter: Dr. Julia Walsh

Session 21

Presenter: Philip Kerr 

Session 22

Topic: The GAA Player Development Pathway - A new era of player development

Speakers: Michael Dempsey & Dr. Brian Cuthbert 

Session 23

Topic: Recovery to Enhance Performance

Presenter: Barry Horgan 


Session 24

Presenter: Dr Ciara Losty & Dr Gerry Fitzpatrick.
Session 25
Presenters: Matin Fogarty, Niall Williams, and Stephen O'Shaughnessy 

Session 26

Presenter: Dr Ciaran Kearney