Coaching & Games

Player Pathways

The various Gaelic Games Player Pathway identifies the different Stages and Phases of development which our players progress through. The capacities that players should develop to move along the pathway at the optimal rate have been identified according to players desires at various different stages.

  • Children – ‘Play to Learn’
  • Youths – ‘Learn to Compete’
  • Adults – ‘Compete to Win’

​In terms of our coaching and games development approaches:

  • The end of Go Games Policy is aligned to the end of the Child Stage
  • Eligibility to play at Adult level aligns to the end of the Youth Stage

Fun, Developing Competence and Affiliation (A Sense of Belonging) have been identified as reasons for continuing Participation.

Lack of Fun, Conflict between Coach & Player and Lack of Playing Time have been identified as reasons for Dropout.

To make playing Gaelic Games fun we ensure that first of all our players get plenty of regular meaningful games and that we play plenty of games and games-based activities at training.

Games-based activities promote vigorous, high-intensity training, develop fitness and game awareness, and are great fun!

Secondly, we respond to the differing desires of players at the different Stages of the Player Pathway.

Thirdly, we focus on developing the different capacities that our players need to learn at each Stage.

In summary:

  • Develop Fundamental Movement Skills and Basic Sport Skills as players progress through the Child Stage
  • Decision Making and Team Play Skills as well as Life Skills as players progress through the Youth Stage
  • Ultimately empowering players throughout the Adult Stage.

​Quality Coaching – as part of an overall Games Development Plan – promotes fair play, builds social cohesion, self-esteem, and enhances health and well-being as well as supporting social and economic objectives.

Coaches are committed to creating fun, safe playing environments for all of our players, regardless of age or ability level.


The Long-term Athlete Development model (LTAD) focuses on best practice in the development of players at every level.

Camogie uses LTAD to develop the skills, coaches and competitions that are appropriate at each age and stage of player development. It is vital that children learn the full range of basic movement skills that underpin sport specific skills. The term physical literacy enables the child to pursue two different pathways: lifelong participation in a number of sports or achievement of a high performance standard in one.

LTAD is about giving everyone, at every age and stage, the opportunity to maximise their potential, whatever their level, and to stay involved in Camogie throughout their lifetime. Camogie encourages all our members to become familiar with the various stages of the player pathway and use it as a resource and support in the development of our players

Ladies Gaelic Football

The Ladies Gaelic Football Player Pathway is designed to ensure that every female has the opportunity to participate and become involved in Ladies Gaelic Football. It is important that coaches are aware of the stage of development that their players are at and the potential stage that they can reach. This will also ensure that the level of training being provided is appropriate for the developmental stage of your players.

The Player Pathway is divided into 6 stages:

  1. Fundamentals
  2. Learn to Train
  3. Train to Train
  4. Train to Compete
  5. Train to Win
  6. Active for Life

Each of these stages is further developed into five capacity strands:

  • Technical
  • Tactical
  • Mental
  • Physical
  • Lifetsyle/ Personal

Hurling and Men’s Gaelic Football

The Total Playing Performance (TPP) Model has been devised in respect of the Hurling and Men’s Gaelic Football player pathway.

The Coach Education is underpinned by the Coach 10/MVA Model. The model identifies the different elements of effective Coaching and emphasises the values the Coach pursues. The model states that the Coach – Player Interconnection is key to optimising the performance of both the Coach and the Player.