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Games Development Administrator - Hurling

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Job Description

Leinster GAA is a Provincial Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) sports of hurling, Gaelic football, rounders and handball in the province of Leinster.



Role Profile:

The job holder is responsible for the implementation of GAA Games Development Policy and supporting the development of strategies for Hurling in the county.


The Hurling Games Development Administrator is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of a coherent high performance programme across clubs, schools and academy squads including the following elements: technical, tactical, team play, physical development, mental skills, lifestyle, nutrition and performance analysis.


39 hour a week 5/7 days. The jobholder will be expected to work weekends and evenings and the hours may vary depending on workload and seasonal changes.



Reports/accountable to:              Games Development Manager – County Kildare


Key tasks:


  1. Organise and coordinate the development and provision of the following for Hurling in conjunction with Kildare Games Development Committee:



Skill Development Initiatives:

Provide coaching and skill development initiatives appropriate to the age and ability of the various playing groups at Child/Primary, Youth/Secondary and Adult/Third Level in clubs and schools.


To be responsible in conjunction with the County Games Development Manager/Coaching & Games Committee for developing and implementing a coherent skill development programme in line with the long-term player development pathway, to include evaluation protocols in club, schools and talent academy structures.


To assist in the rollout and coordination of Cúl Camps, Easter/Halloween Camps and other camp programmes.                   


High Performance:

To be responsible for the design, implementation and oversight of the total playing performance of players at all levels from under 14 – under 20 in line with the GAA’s long term player development pathway.


Provide upskilling and education opportunities within schools and clubs - ensuring there is a shared coherent policy to all elements of the total playing performance model for the young player in the county.


Headhunt and develop a pool of elite coaches who will assist with squads


Responsible for the provision of education and training support to talent academy coaches in relation to all elements of the total playing performance model, with particular emphasis on GAA specific strength & conditioning, hydration & nutrition as well as performance analysis.


Establish and manage a database of all players in the system in line with best practice.


Responsible for building relationships with 3rd Level colleges – identifying and recruiting students to build capacity.



Education Programmes:

Develop and implement a programme of courses and workshops appropriate to the requirements of coaches in the county.

To organise, coordinate and support delivery of Coach Education programme in the county with particular focus on growing numbers of Award 1 & 2 coaches in the county.

To compliment coach education courses with specific workshops and interventions to further engage with club coaches and academy squad coaches in meeting their requirements. There will be a high degree of club engagement.

Deliver training programme for Club School Link Coaches.

 Establish and facilitate community of practices within the region to assist the continued development of coaches.

 Engage with coaches using the e-learning portal on line platform.



Talent Academies:

Responsible for designing and prescribing a coherent skill development and physical development programme for academy players.

Provide coaching support to talent academies when required.


Conduct skill’s and physical testing with the talent academies.


Responsible for devising and implementing a coach education programme to meet the requirements of the talent academies coaches.


 Act as a mentor to support the learning and development of talent academy coaches.


Provide logistical and administrative support to volunteer coaches working with talent academies.


Provide appropriate player education programmes.



  1. Support the implementation of activities through practical inputs where required.


  1. Report on implementation of activities on a regular basis, and particularly ensure data relating to the implementation of activities is available on a quarterly basis through use of the GAA Games Development Information Management System (MIS) as well as updating the Elearning Portal with regard to all coach education administration in a prompt and timely manner.


  1. Report on working hours and personnel input through the GAA Time Management System (CoreHR).


  1. Maintain key lines of communication with clubs, schools and relevant community groups, in particular Cumann na mBunscol, to ensure the effective promotion of Gaelic Games through club, school and community links.


  1. Liaise with Provincial and County Games Development Personnel and attend meetings and personnel training as required, to support the development of the function and the role.


  1. Complete any other duties as may reasonably be assigned by the County Games Development Manager or the County Games Development Committee.





  • Exceptional interpersonal and influencing skills; Ability to build and sustain good relationships and manage conflict.
  • Strong ability to work in high-pressure situations.
  • Excellent administrative and IT Skills with a strong working knowledge of IT related packages and systems.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (verbal and written).
  • Strong leadership and decision making skills.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and deadlines; hands-on approach to getting things done.
  • Ability to clearly present goals and direction.


Knowledge & Experience:


  • At least 3 years’ experience of working in the GAA or similar sporting organisation (Voluntary or
  • Professional Capacity).
  • Appropriate third level qualification.
  • Clear and detailed knowledge of the GAA’s coaching schemes and initiatives.


Other specific requirements:


  • Own car with a full clean driving licence.
  • Ability to work and attend evening and weekend meeting/activities in addition to normal day to day activities.


Applicants for this role may also be considered by Leinster GAA for other suitable vacancies. If you do not wish to be considered for any other vacancies other than the role currently advertised, please state as such in your cover letter.


Please note the post is subject to Garda Vetting.


Candidates interested in the above role should apply with an up to date cover letter and Curriculum Vitae before 3pm on Friday, 24th February 2017.


The GAA is an equal opportunities employer.

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Miscellaneous , Fitness and Leisure
Related Locations:
Dublin City Centre , Kildare , Laois , Meath

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