• Oct 05,2021


Cumann Lúthchleas Gael is Ireland’s leading sporting and cultural organisation with membership
approaching one million people and in excess of 500,000 playing participants at all levels. Inspired by
its amateur status and supported by the voluntary efforts of all its members, the GAA devotes its entire
resources to the development of Gaelic Games and Culture nationally and in local communities.
Role Profile
The role holder is responsible for the implementation of specific GAA Games Development Policy
within County Mayo. The post holder will work as part of a team, in conjunction with other full time
and voluntary personnel, to deliver set goals and objectives for all GAA sports. The holder of this
position will report monthly to the County Coaching & Games Steering Committee through the County
Coaching & Games Manager and the Connacht S&C Officer. The role holder will be required to work
39 hours per week, which will include weekends and evenings, and the hours may vary depending on
workload and seasonal changes.
Key tasks
• Responsible for overseeing the implementation of agreed games development programmes in clubs,
schools and other units of the GAA in County Mayo;
• Organise, Develop & Monitor Programmes in Physical Fitness, Nutrition & Performance Analysis to
be delivered to the Adult Inter-County Team, U20 team, Talent Academies, Clubs & Post-Primary
Schools. All activities will be approved and agreed by the County Coaching & Games Steering
Committee through the County Coaching & Games Manager in accordance with best practice.
Other Duties & Responsibilities
• Work with clubs, schools and county team coaches in identifying potential players for the academy
programme from Under 14 to Senior. Manage and develop Smartabase as a database of players in the
system to include records of injuries and other recordable areas of player development;
• Build and maintain excellent working relationship with 3rd Level college(s) and to identify potential
students as interns to support the Mayo GAA high performance programme;
• Train and teach the other full-time staff in the latest strength and physical conditioning developments
and techniques, nutrition information, data capture and analysis and support them in taking Strength
and physical conditioning sessions;
• Committed to ongoing continued professional development by attending coach education courses and
keep abreast of new research in all aspects of physical literacy initiatives and high performance;
• Plan and coordinate the season schedule of activities with Team managers, Games Development
Officers, Development Squad Coaches and Club managers, including team and individual plans;
• Liaise with medical staff and team management regarding injured player’s recovery protocols and
implement injury rehabilitation prior to reintegration;
• Liaise with provincial and county games development staff and attend meetings and training as
required to support the development of the function and the role;
• The role holder will also undertake any other such projects or responsibilities as deemed appropriate
by their manager.
Essential Criteria
• At least 3 years’ experience of working in the GAA or similar sporting organisation (Voluntary or
Professional Capacity);
• Relevant Sports Science third level qualification (Higher Diploma in Sports Science, Physical
Education or High Performance);
• A minimum of 2 years involvement in the delivery of physical development programmes for
adolescent and adult GAA players and verifiable record of the design of such programmes;
• Exceptional interpersonal and influencing skills;
• Strong ability to work in high pressure situations;
• Excellent administrative and IT skills with a strong working knowledge of IT related packages and
• Excellent communication, presentation skills (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills with
effective time management;
• Ability to build and sustain good relationships and manage conflict;
• Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and deadlines;
• Clear and detailed knowledge of the GAA’s coaching schemes, initiatives, roles and structures within
the county;
• Foundation Level GAA Coaching Qualification;
• Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshop (Safeguarding 1).
Desirable Criteria
• Award 1 GAA Coaching Qualification;
• Experience of coaching and development in Gaelic games;
• Master’s Degree in Sports Science, Exercise Science, Sports Performance, Strength & Conditioning or
Equivalent (Minimum Level 9 NFQ);
• Completed a recognised professional certification in Physical Fitness (UKSCA, CSCS);
• Has an understanding of the Policies, Procedures and Guidelines of the GAA, the Code of Ethics and
Good Practice;
• At least 2 years’ experience in the development of inter county players on a performance pathway;
• Recognised First Aid and CPR certification.
Other Requirements
Own car with a full clean driving licence.
Appointment is on a full-time basis for a period of 12 months and salary will be commensurate with
qualifications and experience.
Please note the post is subject to Garda Vetting.
Mayo GAA is an equal opportunities employer.
Application Procedure
Candidates interested in the above role should apply by sending an up to date cover letter and
Curriculum Vitae to no later than 3pm on Wednesday, 13th October 2021.
Interviews for the role will be held on