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14 January 2013

“Making a Difference: Making it Happen”

The Down GAA Coaching and Games Conference will take place on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at the Abbey CBS Newry.
The conference will highlight best practice and innovative methods of coaching Hurling and Football to players of all ages, from 6 – senior.

Our club coaches often ask the questions “What should we be doing with our players?”, "Who should be coaching which team?", "When should we be training our players?". This is an opportunity for club coaches to come along and observe how some of the Country’s leading coaches deliver high quality coaching sessions specific to the needs and age profile of the players they are working with.

Practical Workshops will include:
“The FUNdamental Years” (U6 – U12 Players)
The coaches delivering will emphasize not only the importance of what to coach young children, but perhaps more importantly how to coach young children and the type of coach best suited to working with children aged 6-12 years.

“The Developmental Years” (U14 – U18 Players)
The coaches delivering will attempt to highlight to conference delegates fun and innovative methods of training to ensure that the players continue to refine and develop their basic skills set. This will be done in conjunction with an increased emphasis on workrate, contested possession, fitness levels, commitment and discipline.

“The Know It All Years” (Adult Players)
This will be a session full of variety. It will demonstrate methods of improving adult players in key areas, such as tackling, ball retention, movement and physical conditioning. As Gaelic Games continue to evolve and progress, so must our coaches our managers and our players.
The conference has been designed so there will be an evident progression across the three practical sessions. However there will be components of all three sessions that will be applicable and beneficial to all the conference delegates particularly when it comes to assessing coaching structures and targets across all teams within the club.

Theory Sessions:
In addition to this, conference delegates will see leading GAA figures facilitate theory sessions surrounding some of the most relevant andchallenging issues facing modern day coaches of Gaelic Games. The workshops will cover areas such as:
  • Managing The Load: Dealing with the demands placed on young players from inside and outside our club's
  • Preparing to win: How to plan and create a coaching session for your team
  • Maximising Numbers: Recruiting Young Players for your club
The Conference cost is £15 per person (4 people from one club or school for £45)
Lunch will be provided.

To book your place please contact Conor O'Toole immediately:

Closing date for bookings: Tuesday 19th February 2013 (Payment for places must be received NO LATER than this date)

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on the day!!

Conchúr O'Tuathaíl
Bainisteoir Forbartha na gCluichí An Duín

Conor O'Toole
Down Games Development Manager
028437 70880 / 07718991314