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Coaching the Coaches Forum

posted 19 Feb 2011, 09:56 by Glengarriff GAA

The very popular Coaching the Coaches Forum returns on Tuesday March 1st at the Rochestown Park Hotel, starting at 7pm.
    Run and organised in conjunction with the UCC sports department, this month's coaching topic is long-term player development, what does it really mean and how do you implement the programme?
The keynote speaker on the night will be Mark McManus (pictured right).
    Dr. Julia Walsh of UCC, who is the resident expert coach at the forum and club representatives from Nemo Rangers and Ballygarvan GAA clubs, who will speak on their club's interpretation of long-term player development, will join him at the top table.
    The presentation will give an overview of the structures required to implement an effective player development program and examples of successful local programmes will be given.
    Long-term player development needs a plan and the philosophy for ensuring that club and coaching structures support underage player development and life long engagement in sport and physical activity will be spoken about in great detail.
    Practical take home examples will be discussed and there will be presentations from local clubs who have introduced LTPD.
    Coaches and club administrators involved at all levels of sport should be aware of LTPD, and be in a position to influence, promote and develop a system in their own club.
    This interactive forum will give coaches and administrators the tools and knowledge to get started on the LTPD road to help ensure that they serve and support players in a positive way, ultimately fulfilling their potential in their chosen sport or activity pathway.
    Mark McManus, currently Health and Wellness Manager at Leisureworld, has a MSc in Strength and Conditioning and has worked with many sports teams, both professional and amateur.
    Currently trainer with the Cork hurlers, he has worked for over five years with the IRFU as fitness advisor to Munster rugby, worked with Cork City FC and many other GAA, rugby, basketball and athletes over the past 15 years.
    Over the past two years he has been involved with the Cork GAA underage development squads, and schools of excellence for football and hurling, implementing programs of development for U14 years through to U17 years in association with Leisureworld.
I    t has produced a great insight to the need and effectiveness of development programs for player and athlete development at all levels in all sports.
    The last two Coaching the Coaches Forum have been oversubscribed, therefore it is necessary you register your intent to attend the event on March 1st by e-mailing esport@eecho.ie to secure your seat.
There is a €10 entry charge to cover the cost of staging the event.