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Limerick LGFA Development 2023

Over recent years there has been a noticeable development focus for Ladies Gaelic Football in Limerick. Hundreds of girls throughout the county have been taking part in development programmes, clubs avail of opportunities to take part at development blitzes, coach and club education is of huge interest and links with the counties schools are being nurtured. Development is aided by our generous sponsors Pathway Ingenium TC and Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel. For 2023 the Limerick LGFA Development Committee is led by John Macnamara, County Development Officer. John can be contacted at

Members of the Limerick LGFA Development Committee for 2023 include John Macnamara, Chairperson, (Knockainey), Coach Education - Richard Bowles (Oola), Participation - Jennifer Chambers, Referee Education - Liz Morgan (Mungret St. Paul's), Volunteer Development - Mary Ita Casey (Athea), Breda McGuinness (Pallasgreen), Breda Ahern (Ahane), Colm McDonnell (Ahane), John Doyle (Old Mill), Caroline Reidy (St. Senan's), PJ Kiely (St. Brigid's), Olivia Fitzgerald (St. Senan's), Dr. Yvonne Williams (Adare),

The Development Plan for 2023 includes:


Coaching Courses

Unlocking the Potential’ Coach Education Programme 

Introduction to Coaching Gaelic Games

This course is an introductory coaching programme for all Gaelic Games Family. Coaches will gain some insights into the theoretical underpinnings of successful coaching such as importance of creating a positive environment for our players, movement quality, skill development, games as well as preparation and planning. It  is a fun, dynamic and informative course designed by coaches for coaches.


Raising the Bar – Level 1 Coaching Programme

The next step on our coaching ladder is our Level 1 course.  This course is developed to challenge existing coaches to look more in depth at coaching principles and practices.

Coaches will apply information to solve coaching scenarios in practical situations. Coaches must have completed the ‘Introduction to Gaelic Games’ course prior to undertaking the Level 1 course, have a minimum of one year’s coaching experience to participate on this and be 18 years of age or older.


Level 2 Coaching Programme

The Level 2 coaching programme brings the focus back onto the sport itself and helping to equip coaches with the tools to allow them to develop the game of Ladies Gaelic football. The programme specifically focuses on helping coaches to identify patterns of play and gives coaches an understanding as to what is required by the players prior to adopting these new tactics. The course also helps coaches to identify the skills and qualities required by each individual player to institute the new plays and how best to identify the players most suitable to fulfil the required roles. It also enables courses to tailor the training specific to the needs of their teams.


The Level 2 programme will not only help coaches see how patterns of play are selected, but also the requirements of identifying the skills needed for those patterns and how best to coach them to fulfil these roles. It is an extremely practical course.

Participation in the Player Development Programme (PDP)

Limerick LGFA Development Committee and PDP Coaches and Co-Ordinators are currently planning for the U13, U15 and U17 PDP’s. 


What is the LGFA Player Development Programme – PDP?

• An Inclusive programme for all players, focusing on a wide range of abilities

• An opportunity for players to develop individually, with different players, learn new skills, and develop the fundamental skills in a positive and safe environment

• An opportunity for all Counties to enhance their process of player development

• An opportunity for coach development and networking within a County

• Promotion of a non-competitive enjoyable environment prioritising the involvement

of all players

Titles such as ‘LGFA Development Academy’ or ‘LGFA Academy Programme’ no longer exist.

Limerick LGFA Development Committee and PDP Coaches and Co-Ordinators are currently planning for the U13, U15 and U17 PDPs. 

U13 Co-Ordinator – Colm McDonnell, John Doyle

U15 Co-Ordinator – Dr. Yvonne Williams

U17 Co-Ordinator – Richard Bowles

Development Squad Images


Referee Go Games Course

Grab Your Whistle Adult Referee Course

Referee Annual Referee Course

U8, U10 and U12 Development Blitzes

These blitzes will be incorporated in the fixtures for these age groups.

Club/School Link

2 clubs and paired schools to be confirmed

Primary Schools Cluster Blitz days

LGFA TY Programme


2023 Development Initiatives

  • U12 Go-Games League (small-sided)

  • Goalkeeper Workshop

  • Practical Coaching Day

  • Club Nursery Programme

LGFA Webinar Series

LGFA Webinars, including links to register for each webinar can be found HERE

Coach Webinar Education Series

Match Official Webinar Series

Player Education Webinar Series

Club Leadership Webinar Series

County Leadership Webinar Series

Webinar Watchback

There is a Webinar Watchback link where recorded webinars in relation to Coach Education, Club Development and Match Officials that can be viewed and can be found  


Recorded webinars can also be found on LadiesFootballTV, the Official Channel of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, 

LGFA Skills

Check out LGFA Skills Videos HERE for key skills of Ladies Gaelic Football using the key coaching points for each and the Head, Hands, Feet Principle. Click below to watch coaching videos for particular Ladies Football Skills.

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