To help develop the game of Touch, the Ireland Touch Association is committed to develop all aspects of the game.  This includes leagues, players, coaches, referees and administrators.   To this end and in conjunction with a number of partners and affiliates, in particular the Federation of International Touch (F.I.T.), association conducts a number of courses.

Course Dates

Dates Course Cost Details Register
TBC Coaching Presenter Course TBC
8th September 19:00 to 22:00
9th September 9:00 to 16:00
Intermediate Level Coaching Course €50  Course Location Register
 TBC  Level 1 Referees Course  TBC  Course Details
 28th,29th October 09:00 to 17:00
30th October 9:00 to 15:00
 Advanced Level Coaching Course  €100 Course Location  Registrations Closed

The F.I.T. Coaching Commission coaching course material includes:
F.I.T. Coaching Manual (228 pages)
F.I.T. Intermediate Coaching Course Workbook (22 pages)
F.I.T. Playing Rules Book (2013 Edition) (55 pages)

The full details are:
The course is conducted over 12 hours with a combination of presentations and practical outside assessment.
The course covers:
Introduction to Coaching,
Role of the Coach,
Individual skills,
Sub Unit Skills,
Improving Performance,
Fitness for Touch,
The Junior Athlete,
Team Skills,
Game Sense,
Safety and Injuries,
Rules of Touch,
Practical Observations & Assessments.

T – theory lecture, P – practical presentation, W – group workshop

Day 1/Module Comments/Elements Time Duration
1. Introduction to Elite Coaching Leadership


Professional standards

9.00 – 9.15am 15 mins
2. Positive & Effective Coaching Methodology (T) Looks briefly at the methodology of Coaching and how best to improve player performance as well as ensure positive outcomes for all. i.e. staff, players, officials and administration.

(Coaching manual Chps 1 & 2)

9.15 – 9.45am 30mins
3. Athletic Performance (T) What are the current testing protocols and training techniques and what the GPS tells us. How to design basic touch specific programs etc. 9.45 – 10.30am 45 mins
  Break 10.30 – 10.45am 15 mins
4. Principles of Attack (T) Look at the attacking principles and options involved in the modern game. 10.45 – 12.00pm 75 mins
  lunch 12.15 – 1.00pm 45 ins
5. Principles of Defence (T) Look at the principles behind modern defensive systems and tactics. 1.00 – 2.15pm 75 mins
6. Coach Intervention (W) Mid game intervention is critical for contemporary coaches. How and why?

(view footage and discuss)

2.15 – 3.00pm 45mins
  Break 3.00 – 3.15pm 15 ins
7. Game Analysis (T) Concept – Objective measures of performance. Concepts followed by practical exercise / stats, use of technology etc 3.15 –


30 mins
8. Elite Game Planning (T) Elite Game Plan development.

Look at an Elite Game Plan – work toward planning own Game Plan.

3.45 – 4.45pm 60mins
  Day concludes




Day 2/Module Comments/Elements Time Duration
9. Skill Acquisition & Development (P) Practical – 5 presentations covering – Movement skills, Ball skills, Roll Ball, & rucking

Peer to peer assessment and feedback plus presenter feedback – 20 mins max.

9.00 – 10.40am 100mins
10. Attack Strategies & Tactics (P) Practical – 5 presentations

Peer to peer assessment and feedback plus presenter feedback – 20 mins max.

10.40 – 12.20pm 100mins
  Lunch break 12.20 – 1.00pm 40mins
11. Defence Strategies & Tactics (P) Practical – 5 presentations

Peer to peer assessment and feedback presented to group plus presenter feedback – 20 mins max

1.00 – 2.40pm 100mins
  break 2.40 –


20 mins
12. Team Dynamics (T) Roles required in elite teams – players, staff & others. 3.00pm – 3.40pm 40mins
13. Selection/TID (W) Linked to game plan, the structure of teams, roles of players, and attributes required by the coach. Explore various systems & processes as well as the associated problems when selecting representative teams. 3.40 – 4.30pm 50mins
Conclusion/debrief Course concludes – debrief and evaluation where required. 4.30 – 5.00pm 30mins


Level 1 Referees Course
Course consists of:
classroom theory;
followed by basic practical.
(practise and full match assessment required to gain official L1 referee status)

Recommended for:
all players,
coaches and
those embarking on full-time refereeing

F.I.T. Coaching Presenters Course
This course qualifies a coach to present F.I.T. coaching course and qualify coaches.
The coaching course that a presenter may deliver depends on two pre-requisites:
1. Coaching accreditation (intermediate or advanced) and;
2. Completion of the Presenters course.

Coaches may be exempt from the Presenters course based on their profession (e.g. Teacher).

A Presenter who is an Advanced Level Coach my deliver the following coaching courses:
1. F.I.T. Intermediate Level Coaching Course;
2. F.I.T. Introductory Level Coaching Course.

A Presenter who is an Intermediate Level Coach may deliver the following coaching course:
1. F.I.T. Introductory Level Coaching Course.

Who should attend:
1. F.I.T. Intermediate Level Coaches
2. F.I.T. Advanced Level Coaches