Cork GAA Coaching Conference 2013


Coiste Oiliúna Chorcaí has announced details of their annual Coaching Conference. The conference will be held in Mallow GAA complex on Saturday 9th February. The conference will be run in association with Cork Sports Partnership.

Speaking at the launch, Games Manager, Kevin O Callaghan outlined “the focus will be on games based training for youth players.”

Headlining the conference with the keynote address will be Donal O Grady. Donal will need no introduction to Cork coaches having guided Cork Senior Hurlers to All Ireland success in the past and from his current role as an analyst with RTE. Donal will provide coaches with an insight in to what has worked for him in the past and provide pointers on how to improve as a coach.

There is a very exciting line up of practical sessions in both hurling and football. Coiste Oiliúna have ventured outside the county here, allowing coaches an insight in to how our games are coached in other counties.

Indeed the line up is impressive with Niall Moran (Ard Scoil Rís and Limerick Senior Hurler), Sean Tracey (Portumna and Galway) delivering games based training in both defence and attack scenarios in hurling.

Sean Dempsey, Laois Football All Ireland winning manager at minor level aswell as 7 times All Ireland winning manager with Cork Ladies Football Team, Eamonn Ryan promise to give very useful demonstrations on games that coaches can use to invigorate and challenge players in their club sessions.

Again, O Callaghan points out “the line up of speakers and coaches have no less than 13 All Ireland titles between them. The caliber of coach present on the day is exceptional and our club coaches around the county should certainly benefit enormously from attending this conference.”

Cork GAA Coaching Officer Brendan O Driscoll gives mention to associate sponsors, Cork Sports Partnership “who have supported Coiste Oiliúna in the promotion of youth participation in sport across a number of projects over the past 4 years. This conference will help the GAA keep more youths playing our games. If youths are challenged and enjoy training sessions, they are more likely to remain playing our games in to adulthood. The coaches role in this process cannot be overstated.”

The conference starts at 10am and will end at 2pm.

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