Newly appointed Kilkenny LGFA coaching development officer Anne Marie Gibbons has outlined some exciting plans now that she is in charge. The main priorities seems to be an introduction of a coaching academy.
Gibbons has an extensive LGFA history within Kilkenny having won a Junior final in 2006 with Thomastown , but her move to Donegal 14 years ago seen her start her intercounty coaching career with the The O’Donnell County. Now after returning back to the south east Gibbons seemed excited for the future as she outlined her role to us at Scoreline.ie saying,
“My role in particular is to do with coaching. I have come up with a concept of a coaching academy within Kilkenny & I’ll be the head of it. I’m trying to create a support network for coaches. ”
“The purpose is to continue the growth of football. We find there can be coach burnout. It’s to give coaches more support & allows them to continue & enjoy coaching. Football is a growing sport in Kilkenny so there is a need for more coaches.”
“We would look for two coaches from a club, then they would go back to their club with what they learned from the academy.”
“We are planning Year one you will get your foundation course. Year Two you would hopefully move onto level one, and Year Three you would hope to move onto Level Two.”