GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association launch online course

GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association launch online course

Friday, 09 October 2020

We are delighted that our One Good Coach™ partnership with GAA, LGFA, and the Camogie Association, is available in a new online mental health course.

The evidence-based content is now available on the GAA e-learning platform.

Shane Carthy
Dublin footballer
A weight fell off my shoulders instantly. I could finally focus on my treatment and overcoming the adversity I had experienced for too long

One Good Coach

The course is based on the successful workshop Jigsaw delivers face-to-face across its 12 services. It offers participants a greater understanding of mental health, the importance of their role as a potential One Good Adult in the lives of young members. The course also provides a greater awareness of how to promote and support young people’s mental health. While designed with coaches in mind, the 40-minute content should prove equally informative any other club or county volunteers that work with young people.

One Good Coach™ ambassador, Dublin footballer Shane Carthy, knows first-hand the benefits of having a supportive coach in one’s corner. Back in 2014, when Shane sought professional help to deal with his depression, his then Under 21 coach Dessie Farrell was one of the first people he turned to for guidance and support.


Taragh McGovern
Youth mental health promotion manager
Sports clubs are ideal settings for youth mental health promotion given the well-established health benefits, the large participation base, and extended access to children and adolescents during sports participation.

Sport and mental health

It is widely known the considerable impact of sport on the mental health of the general population, young people included. This finding was recently endorsed in the My World Survey 2 (MWS), the largest and most comprehensive study of youth mental health in the country. In this study, published in 2019, young people identified sport as a top coping mechanism. But there’s more to it than the sport – there’s multi layers of influence within the club context that can also promote young people’s mental health, which can often be underplayed.

The One Good Coach™ workshop is now available to access on the GAA’s e-learning platform here.


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