Gaelic Players Association Teams Up with Udemy to Support Current and Former Inter-County Players’ Professional Skills and Career Development

Udemy, a leading destination for learning and teaching online, was selected by the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) in Ireland to give inter-county players access to the newest and most in-demand technical and business training. Udemy’s flexible learning platform allows players to develop their professional skills on a convenient schedule that works alongside their training and playing commitments. The GPA is the representative body for inter-county players, supporting four thousand current players and a growing number of former players.

GPA members now have unlimited access to an extensive library of technical and business courses under Udemy for Business, the corporate product of Udemy. Udemy for Business is helping bolster the GPA’s commitment to the development of players in their careers, education, and general lives, during and after their inter-county experience.

“We chose Udemy for Business because of the depth and breadth of fresh content on the platform and its ability to fully support our players’ long-term success off the pitch,” said Ciarán Barr, the GPA Head of Finance and Operations. “Whether our players are upskilling in a new technology, changing careers, or setting up their own business, we’re thrilled to provide best-in-class content and skills development training that can meet their various needs.”

Down Hurler and squad rep, Paul Sheehan has already benefited from the partnership between the GPA and Udemy, as it helped support his career progression within his current employer. Paul used Udemy for Business to prepare for his AWS Cloud Practitioner exams. “Udemy has been a huge help in studying for my recent professional exams,” said Sheehan. “The course content and mock exams were really detailed and the platform was easy to use and accessible. I would really recommend it to others.”

“Udemy is proud to support the Gaelic Players Association and its members with access to fresh courses on in-demand skills taught by real-world experts,” said Bill O’Shea, Vice President, EMEA at Udemy. “At the core of our business, we help people do whatever comes next and we look forward to supporting current and former inter-county players as they upskill into new careers and opportunities.”

About Udemy

With a mission to improve lives through learning, Udemy is a leading online learning destination that helps learners, businesses, and governments gain the skills they need to compete in today’s economy. Millions of people learn on Udemy from expert instructors on topics ranging from programming and data science to leadership and team building. For companies, Udemy for Business offers an employee training and development platform with subscription access to thousands of courses, learning analytics, as well as the ability to host and distribute their own content. Udemy for Business customers include Eventbrite, NetApp, ON24, Pitney Bowes, and Volkswagen. Udemy is privately held and headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Denver, Brazil, India, Ireland, and Turkey. Udemy investors include Insight Partners, Prosus (Naspers Ventures), Norwest Venture Partners, Stripes, and Benesse Holdings.

About Gaelic Players Association

The Gaelic Players Association is the representative body for inter-county hurlers and footballers. Founded by players in 1999, the GPA supports over 4,000 current male and female county players and a growing number of former players across the four core pillars of Player representation, Player welfare, Player development and Equality. The GPA is dedicated to investing in a better and more sustainable future for county players and providing services and support in the areas of Career Development, Education, Life Focus and Health and Wellbeing.

Any players interested in learning more about the Udemy platform or to be set up with access should contact the GPA’s Tommy Doyle –
[email protected].