Kilgass Gaels to host innovative “Keeping an eye on the ball” seminar

Kilglass Gaels GAA club is set to host a special seminar that aims to offer inspiration and information to young GAA players, and their coaches, mentors, and administrators, while tackling some of the challenges they all may face during their sporting careers on and off the field.

Kilglass Gaels GAA club is set to host a special seminar that aims to offer inspiration and information to young GAA players, and their coaches, mentors, and administrators, while tackling some of the challenges they all may face during their sporting careers on and off the field.

The once-off event will take place in their clubrooms on Monday, February 25, at 7.30.

The seminar, entitled ‘Keeping an eye on the Ball’, will feature some well-known GAA personalities from Roscommon and across the country including Oisin McConville, Cathal Cregg, Colin Regan, Gareth Foley, Cliodhna O’Connor and the Rooskey based club are expecting to add some more high profile names closer to the date.

The open debate format will allow all present to explore all aspects of sporting life including issues such as:

• The relationship between sport and physical, emotional and mental health.

• The thorny question of the relationship between sport and alcohol in a society where alcohol is an endemic part of all aspects of culture, including the sporting culture.

• The demands and pressures on high performance athletes – what do they have to say no to in order to get to the top.

• The importance of leadership, management and preparation so that teams and individuals can make winning a habit.

• Lifestyle choices that have to be taken in order to succeed at top club & county level.

• How to last the pace of the GAA race & pro-longing your football career.

Everybody involved in sport – budding future stars, those who are competing at club, county or national level now, parents, coaches and managers are invited to attend and join in the interactive Night.

Kilglass Gaels have worked hard to make this both an educational and interesting for all attending. As well as possibly coming away with some hints and tips that will possibly give your team or club that edge that is needed now more than ever.

The lineout for the night that will take to the stage in Kilglass is as follows:

Former Armagh Inter county Footballer & All Star Oisin McConville will be in attendance.. The All Ireland winner with Armagh in 2002 and winner of six All-Ireland club titles, will give us an insight into his sporting life both on and off the field and his past experiences.

Former Leitrim Footballer Colin Regan, who is now the GAA’s Community and Health Promotion Officer. Colin will be there to advise us on mental health & well being as well as the touchy subject of alcohol & other such addictions that can prevent players from reaching their real potential.

Current Roscommon senior football Team captain Cathal Cregg will be there to tell the audience on what it takes to compete at the highest level in sport & how sport has changed. He will also talk on some of the studies he has carried out while studying sport in college.

Current Dublin senior Ladies team Goalkeeper and former All star and All Ireland winner in 2010 Cliodhna O’Connor will also attend. As well as being successful on the field Cliodhna also happens to be working at the top level in ladies Gaelic football as she works in Croke Park for the association as part of the games development staff. She will add some insight into the challenges the ladies game faces & how to overcome them as well.

Former Leitrim footballer Gareth Foley, who has undergone treatment for alcohol addiction will talk about his challenges on and off the field. He will also give insight in how he came to overcome this to work his way back to overcome the addiction. He now is part of the inter county refereeing circuit.

So Kilglass Gaels GAA club would like to invite all clubs from both inside and outside the county to take this opportunity to learn from the people who will ‘desire to inspire’ us with their experiences within the GAA.

For more details contact Kilglass Gaels PRO Niall Kilcrann on 087 7640679 or pro.kilglassgaels.roscommon@gaa.ie. Or check the Kilglass Gaels facebook page for more details.