Delivering a New Age for Gaelic Games

The GAA National Coaching Conference – “Delivering a New Age for Gaelic Games ” – supported by Kelloggs, will take place on 3rd December 2005 at The Helix, Dublin City University.

Run in conjunction with the GAA Grassroots to National Programme (GNP), the Conference will offer 1,000 delegates attending an opportunity to access talks relating to key coaching issues in both football and hurling.

Included amongst those to speak at the Conference are Tyrone football Manager and 2005 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship winner Mickey Harte, retired Meath Football Manager Sean Boylan, Former Wexford Hurling Manager Liam Griffith and Tipperary Senior Hurling Manager Babs Keating.

Also included in the line-up of speakers are GAA President Sean Kelly , RT? Sports Commentators Michael Lyster and Martin Brolly and GAA Head of Games Pat Daly. Talks on the day will be geared not only towards physical activity on the sporting field but also issues involving the psychology of sport. Talks such as Understanding the Psychological needs of children and Keeping Players Fresh – An All-Ireland Winning Perspective are included in the line-up.

According to Pat Daly, GAA Head of Games, “We are delighted to announce the comprehensive speaker line up for this years Conference. The program was devised following a survey of 540 coaches earlier this year. ”

In addition, those attending will be given the opportunity, throughout the day, to have their say by means of a wireless interactive polling system allowing the 1,000 delegates a unique opportunity to shape the new age for GAA games at the touch of a button.

Speaking at the launch, Stephen Twaddell, Managing Director, Kellogg?s Ireland said, “We are delighted to have been asked to support the GAA National Coaching Conference. Kellogg?s is committed to supporting the promotion of physical activity and has a history of encouraging consumers to live a balanced lifestyle by eating a healthy balanced diet combined with regular physical activity. Our national games touch the lives of families across the 32 counties of Ireland and the coaches are at the front line of contact with the thousands of children and adults who participate in either Gaelic Football or Hurling. We are delighted to support an initiative that supports these coaches and encourages communication to ensure the delivery of world class facilities, equipment and training and looks to the future of these great games. ”

Niall Moyna, Head of The School of Health and Human Performance at DCU said “The DCU GAA Club and Dublin City University are especially proud to be providing the location for this years GAA National Coaching Conference particularly as it coincides with our hosting of the Sigerson Cup. This conference is a significant departure for GAA sport in DCU. ”

The cost of attending the conference is E100. For further information on registering to attend the conference please telephone (01) 7007578 or log onto [link= “ “][/link].



15-Nov-05 by Paddy Reilly