Our Games Promotion Officer is Gerard Dinan and he has been with Cluain Tarbh since November 2016.
Originally from Co.Cork, Gerard has previously worked in similar roles with Cork GAA and Western Australia GAA. Gerard has a vast experience in coaching all codes of GAA at both adult and juvenile level. In 2016 he coached Inniscarra Senior Camogie team to the Cork Senior Camogie title defeating All Ireland champions Milford in the final. During his time in Australia he obtained a level 1 senior and junior coaching award in Australian rules football.
Gerard works intensively with local schools and our nursery as well as supporting the club’s own mentors and players. Gerard is always available to talk with parents whose children are interested in becoming involved with Gaelic games at the club.
You can contact Gerard on 083 472 9388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture this. You arrive at for a training session that you are taking at the time we are supposed to start, the kids are going mental, you are trying to set out some cones, then you realise the balls need to be pumped or you are missing some sliothars. You finally get the session going but the kids are still acting up, they are giddy now and it's very hard to control them. You are frustrated and its already fifteen minutes into the session. You roar at some child who won't stop messing and there is little or no coaching done. You are mentally and physically drained when the session finally ends. Sound familiar? We have all done it. I don't have enough limbs to count how many times I have done it.
Good preparation is key to making these sessions a thing of the past. The simple act of taking five minutes out of your day to plan your session makes the world of difference. I use it for every session I take. I fold up a sheet of blank A4 paper four times so that it will fit in my pocket. I write my session on it and can easily access it during a session if I lose my way. Most of the time I don't need it but its handy to know its there, it's like my security blanket. I also like to write little key phrases in the margins to remind myself exactly what I want to get out of a specific game or drill.
Planning out the best session in the world won't help you if you are not on time. We all lead busy lives but if you are the coach, you must be there at least 10/15 minutes before you are due to start.trust me, that extra 15 minutes makes life a lot easier for you. You will have your entire session set up and ready to go by the time the kids arrive. As your players arrive you can put them straight into an activity. This helps eliminate the chances of the children messing at the start of your session.
We can take our preparation even further. Why not plan a 4/6 week training block? Pick some things you feel the team need to work on and concentrate on improving these by using as much variety as possible. You may be surprised with the results.