The GAA, in conjunction with goalkeeping coach Micí Ó Sé and Foras na Gaeilge, is delighted to unveil a new goalkeeping coaching DVD which has been produced with narration and titling as Gaeilge.
Entitled 'Slí an Bháireora' or 'The Way of the Goalkeeper' the DVD focuses not only on the technical elements of the goalkeeping position but also on the very individual and exceptional role the goalkeeper has on the field of play.
Kerry man O Se's has coached Kerry Goalkeepers at Minor, U-21 and Senior level while also having involvement with Roscommon, Limerick, Meath, Kildare and Westmeath over recent years. His coaching philosophy is based on the fundamentals of play as opposed to the relentless pursuit of results.
The production is narrated as Gaeilge and reflects the Association's commitment to the promotion of the Irish language and all aspects of Irish culture. This project is the first of its kind.
National Coaching and Games Development Chairperson Liam O'Neill backed the initiative which he believes will be of benefit to both goalkeepers and goalkeeping coaches while at the same time underlining the GAA's commitment to providing coaching resources in a more accessible and user friendly way.
He said: "I'm delighted that this project has come to fruition and I would like to highlight the contribution of both Micí Ó Sé and Foras na Gaeilge for their input.
"This will be a useful tool, available to everyone through our website and it also shines a light on the important relationship between the GAA and the Irish language.
"I wish everyone involved in the initiative every success and especially hope that goalkeepers both young and not so young benefit from using this aid."
Ferdie Mac an Fhailigh, CEO of Foras na Gaeilge, added: "We are delighted to be involved with the development of this new goalkeeping coaching DVD that will be an invaluable resource for both clubs and schools alike. The innovative approach of using Irish throughout the DVD brings a new perspective to understanding the skills and terminology of the game and we congratulate the GAA for making this available".
The DVD resource will be available for download from the GAA website http://www.gaa.ie/coaching-and-games-development/coaching/sli-an-bhaireora/ www.gaa.ie and also from www.gaeilge.ie.