GAA launch Games Development Conference

Some of the top names in Gaelic Games coaching will be involved in the GAA’s annual National Games Development Conference – “Coaching Adults: More Than the Sum of Our Parts” – which will take place on Saturday January 12, in Croke Park.

Some of the top names in Gaelic Games coaching will be involved in the GAA’s annual National Games Development Conference – “Coaching Adults: More Than the Sum of Our Parts” – which will take place on Saturday January 12, in Croke Park.

The Conference will offer the 700 delegates attending an opportunity to access talks relating to key coaching issues in hurling/camogie, Gaelic football/Ladies Gaelic football, Handball and Rounders which are specifically related to the adult player.

A star studded line up of speakers will feature coaches from the world of Gaelic Games, coaches of Irish Olympic medallists, players, athletes and international speakers from both Australia and Britain. Irish Olympic boxing coach Billy Walsh, Paralympic Hand Cycling champion Mark Rohan and racehorse trainer and breeder Jim Bolger will provide a view from other sporting arenas.

Sligo footballer Brendan Egan will present on key nutritional concepts for coaches, while Wexford’s Kate Kelly will be joined by her All Ireland winning manger JJ Doyle to focus on the manager’s and player’s perspective on player development.

A special feature of the Conference will be the hosting of two panel discussions: one will relate to the upcoming Football Review Committee report where Eugene McGee will be joined by Pat Gilroy, Glen Ryan and Kerry Ladies manager William O’Sullivan. Cork’s Jimmy Barry Murphy, Galway’s Mattie Kenny and Westmeath manager Brian Hanley will focus on the evolving role of the coach in Hurling.

The prevention of injury will be one of the main focuses, with physiotherapist Enda King joined by Dr. Catherine Blake from UCD, and Ladies Gaelic football players to provide details of an innovative injury prevention programme that has been piloted amongst Ladies Gaelic football teams and will become a feature for all Gaelic games teams over the coming years.

The list of speakers represents the most impressive gathering of individuals involved with coaching and games development ever assembled for an event of this nature and there is already massive interest in the Conference. Places are limited and those wishing to attend should reserve their places as soon as possible. The cost of attending is €50 and further information on registering to attend the Conference can be obtained by phone at 01-8658625, by emailing gamesdevelopment@gaa.ie or at www.gaa.ie.