Games Development Conference 2007



‘Providing a platform for people to Play and Stay with the GAA’

The 5th annual GAA Coaching Conference is to take place in Croke Park on Friday November 23rd and Saturday November 24th. The conference programme will involve a unique cross sectional theme targeting coaches, administrators and referees as part of the GAA Games Development CARE foundation. The conference will also include a full GAA supplier exhibition village.


The following delegate centered improvements have been made based on a comprehensive delegate survey, which was completed after last years conference:

  • 2 day event format in Ireland’s top Sports stadium
  • Increased conference programme variety
  • Opportunity to meet top GAA supplier companies
  • Opportunity to network with GAA coaches from 8 different countries (Ireland, US, Poland, France, Belgium, England, Scotland, and Holland)
  • Improved catering facilities: specially built catering village in the Cusack stand
  • Improved delegate packs including Folder, Bag, Pen and the all new GAA Fun Do Learning Resource Pack worth E 99


The cost of attending the GAA Games Development Conference 2007 is E 100.

This price includes:

  • GAA Conference Bag and Folder
  • Personalized Conference Delegate Badge
  • GAA Conference Speaker CD (Issued after the conference)
  • All new Fun Do Learning Resource Pack. Delegates will receive one pack per chosen GAA sport (Gaelic Football or Hurling) as per selection on the conference delegate application form

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Seminar Title



19.00 – 19.45

Conference Registration

19.45 – 20.30

Creating a Platform for People to Play and Stay with the GAA

Pat Daly, GAA Director of Games
20.30 – 21.00

Key Note 1:
Underage Competition: Is there
an Over Emphasis
on Winning?
Are We Getting
he Balance Right?

Paudie Butler, National Hurling Coordinator

Philip Kerr, Coaching Tutor & Coach

Dr John Considine, Economics Lecturer UCC & Coach

Niel Wood, Rugby League Services Manager

Chair: Marty Morrissey, RTÉ


8.30 – 9.30

Conference Registration & Exhibition Showcase

9.30 – 9.45

‘Play and Stay with the GAA’: The Importance of Lifelong Participation in the GAA

Uachtarán CLG Nicolás Ó Braonáin
9.45 – 10.45

Key Note 2:
Best Practice Leinster GAA Case Studies – The Provision of a Regular Programme of Games: New Approaches to Catering for an Age Old Problem

Brendan Carthy, Louth Centre of Excellence, Darver

Shane Flanagan, Provincial Games Manager, Leinster

10.45 – 11.15

Tea/Coffee Break

Exhibition Showcase

11.15 – 12.00

Parallel Session 1 (Choose 1 out of 5 possible Topics)

Session A:
Burnout, Fadeout, Dropout – An Issue for the Minority or the Majority?

Lynette Hughes, PhD Research Student

Pauric Duffy, Player Welfare Officer, GAA

Dr Pat O’Neill, Chair GAA Player Welfare Committee

Session B:
Building a Fun Coherent Message Through Meaningful Coaching Sessions

Philip Kerr, GAA Coaching Tutor & Coach

George O’Connor, Hurling Development Administrator

Session C:
Performance Analysis – Keeping Track of the Basic Playing Facts

Pete McGrath; Former Down & Ireland Manager

Christy O’Connor; GAA Correspondent Sunday Times

Session D:
Preparticipation Screening – Not All About Sudden Cardiac Death

Dr. Philip Carolan, GAA Medical Scientific Welfare Committee

Session E:
Vhi Cúl Camps: Accomodating 80,000 Participants – The Challenges Involved

Jimmy O’Dwyer, Vhi Cúl Camp Coordinator
12.00 – 12.45

Key Note 3:
New GAA Coach Education Initiatives: The Role of Innovative Learning Technology in the Advancement of Gaelic Games

John Herlihy; Director of Learning, The Digital Hub

Dr Ray Coughlan; Director DEIS Cork Institute of Technology

Jimmy D’Arcy, GAA National Coaching Coordinator

Peter Horgan, GAA Grassroots to National Programme Coordinator

12.45 – 13.45

Lunch Break

Exhibition Showcase

13.45 – 14.30

Parallel Session 2 (Choose 1 out of 5 possible Topics)


Session A: I
ntegrating Ball Work and Fitness

John Sugrue, Trainer Kerry Senior Football Team

Jerry Wallace, Trainer Cork Senior Hurling Team

Session B:
Putting Nutrition at the Heart of Your Training Regime

Stevie Reid, Senior Sports Nutritionist, Kellogg’s

Session C:
Getting the Structures Right: Embracing a New Coaching Mentality in a Traditional Club

Eamon Ryan; GAA Tutor

Niel Wood, Rugby League Services Manager

John Tobin, Provincial Games Manager, Connacht

Session D:
Creating a Culture of Respect and Discipline on the Pitch:The Challenging Role of the Refere

Mick Curley, All Ireland Final Referee 1999
Pierce Freaney, GAA Match Officials Coordinator

Session E:
Fun Do Learning Resource Pack – An In Depth Demonstration

Jimmy D’Arcy, GAA National Coaching Coordinator

Peter Horgan, GAA Grassroots to National Programme Coordinator

14.30 – 15.15

Parallel Session 3 (Choose 1 out of 5 possible Topics)

Session A:
Understanding the Trade Off between Time and Space – Attacking/Defending

Martin Fogarty, Asstistant Manager, Kilkenny Senior Hurling Team

Andrew Quick; Gameplanner

Session B:
Preparation for Games – Rehearsal, Routines, Focusing, Motivation

Canice Kennedy; Sports Psychologist

Session C:
Club Pitches – Essential Do’s and Don’ts

Richard Hayden, STRI – Croke Park Pitch Maintenance

Joe Bedford, Croke Park Pitch Maintenance

Session D:
Preliminary Findings of the GAA Injury Database – 2000-2007: Its Relevance to Injury Prevention and Coaching

John Murphy, Chartered Physiotherapist and Member of the GAA Medical Scientific Welfare Committee

Session E:
Analysis of Gaelic Football 1970-2006:
Consequences for a Contemporary Approach to Skill Development and Conditioning

Prof. Niall Moyna, Lecturer, Dept of Health & Human Performance, DCU

Martin McElkennen, Trainer MonÓghan Senior Football Team

15.15 – 15.45

Tea/Coffee Break

Exhibition Showcase

15.45 – 16.45

Key Note 4:
Maintaining Peak Performance and Squad Cohesion During the Course of a Season

Brian Cody, Manager, Kilkenny Senior Hurling Team

Eamonn McEneaney, Manager, Louth Senior Football Team

16.45 – 17.00

Closing Address

Christy Cooney, Chairman National Games Development Committee
17.00 – 19.00

Exhibitor Showcase