CARRIG REACHES THE REBEL ÓG BENCHMARKING GOLD STANDARD FOR THE FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW
The Juvenile Club won the top award from Rebel Óg for coaching excellence and best practice for the fourth year in a row by securing the Gold Category of the Benchmark 2020 Vision Award in 2018.
Juvenile Club coach (and current Carrig senior hurler), Pádraic ‘Bobs’ Hogan, co-ordinator of both the Easter Camp and Cúl Camp accepted the award from Rebel Óg Coaching Games Manager, Kevin O’Callaghan on behalf of the club at a Benchmarking Workshop in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday, 24th February 2018.
This success is due, in no small part, to the trojan work of Coaching Officer, Kieran Brennan. Kieran ensures that the club is meeting, and in some cases surpassing all of the Benchmark requirements, year on year.
Satisfying the requirements of the Benchmarking 2020 Vision Initiative requires a meticulous approach, ensuring that ‘every box is ticked’. Kieran is continually ensuring, throughout the calendar year that we are meeting our obligations, which include ensuring teams meet minimum games requirements, running of GAA camps, coaching in the local primary schools, education of coaches, organising workshops with external coaches, participation in divisional and county squads etc and formulating/recording all of this in line with the Rebel Óg template. It is like the ISO9001 for GAA clubs and it needs a person of Kieran’s dedication and attention to detail to ensure it gets over the line.
This is the fourth year that Carrigtwohill GAA Club has achieved the top accreditation under Kieran Brennan’s stewardship. Just to put that in context, a number of clubs that received Gold accreditation last year lost their Gold standard this year, so there are no guarantees of keeping the standard once attained.
Making the Benchmark ensures that the young members of the Juvenile Club are coached and mentored in line with best practice. In achieving that, it is worth its weight in Gold. The Benchmarking system means that we must ‘keep our socks pulled up’, which can only be a good thing for the development of those young members as participants in Gaelic Games.
Meeting and maintaining the Rebel Óg Benchmark standard relies on the collective effort of a lot of very dedicated coaches and officers. A big thanks must go to everybody who has been involved in the club during the last four years for helping to win these awards.