The Connacht Council spent just over €1.2m on coaching throughout the province in 2012, it was reported at the recent Connacht GAA Convention. This amounts to half of all the Council’s expenditure for the year. To put the figure in perspective, it’s about three times the amount spent by the Connacht Council on the staging of games throughout the year.

Of the €1,211,795 spent on “Coaching & Development”, €725,494 was spent on “Wages & Expenses Coaches” with €486,301 going on “Coaching Expenses”.

This represents an increase on last years’ spend of €189,824.

Here’s how Mayo’s schools benefited:

Primary Schools’ Hurling & Gaelic Football Coaching Programme
(minimum of 8 weeks coaching)

Total schools: 174
Schools participating: 136
Coaching sessions held: 1,223 (approx.)
Total boys participating: 3,263
Total girls participating 2,685

Go-Games School Gaelic Football Blitz Programme

Total schools: 174
Schools participating: 136
Total boys participating: 2,426
Total girls participating 2,183
Schools completed blitz prog 130

Go-Games School Hurling Blitz Programme

Total schools: 174
Schools participating: 44
Total boys participating: 837
Total girls participating 502
Schools completed blitz prog 35

Go-Games Club/School Hurling & Gaelic Football Coaching Link

Total Schools: 174
Club/School Links 108

In addition to this, these coaches (under Mayo’s games manager Billy McNicholas) are on hand to assist with the running of Cumann na mBunscol activities and competitions throughout the county, in particular, our county semi finals and finals as well as our annual exhibition games which are played during the Connacht Senior Championship.