Eugene McGee: Volunteer coaches worth weight in gold
The GAA has spent many millions on coaching, from young children to adult level, over the past 40-plus years, with each provincial council and the central authority in Croke Park devoting more money to coaching than anything, other than the construction of facilities. It is often asked whether this represents good value for money from the point of view of the GAA and the wider Irish society.
Well now, for the first time, that question can be definitively answered following a decision by the Munster Council this year to commission an independent market research group, Focus Consulting, to undertake an analysis on the return on their coaching investment across the province.
The review process focused on current coaching investment across schools, clubs, coach education and additional Munster Council games development initiatives. The results were very interesting.