Coaching Tips by John Morrison


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John Morrison forms part of our County Football management team and is only one of a small number of ‘GAA master coaches in Ireland. 

He is no stranger to club coaches in Leitrim as he has undertaken several coaching seminars in the county in recent years as part of our games development plan. 

Earlier this year (2008) he was one of the high profile tutors included in the 2008 Coachworks series held in Armagh, this programme which "transforms theory into practice" offered useful tips on how best to deliver coaching messages and skills.

He is known for his ability to analyse player athleticism and performance and to provide a variety of solutions to enhance both.

As a coach and sports psychologist the colourful Armagh native has coached with no fewer than five county teams and whose expertise has also been sought by Ulster Rugby and Leicester Tigers has partnered Mickey Moran in each of Morans last three Managerial appointments in Mayo, Derry and Donegal.

Not only will Mickey and John be the senior team mentors they will also be involved in the preparation of coaching programmes for county underage teams & development squads. They are willing to assist in the preparation for our county U16s, Minor, U21s and Junior teams.

At grass roots level they are very willing to work with club coaches throughout the county and will be available to help in preparing programs for club teams. Their commitment to Leitrim GAA will further enhance the comprehensive Coaching and Development plans already in operation and this is a much valued addition to their duties as Senior team management.

As part of this commitment John has made available a number of articles he pens entitled A Sporting View.  The articles are produced on a regular basis and are based on Johns observations and views as we progress annually through the GAA calendar.

The back-dated articles will be made available on a regular basis over the coming weeks and these will provide some very interesting reading to players and coaches at all levels as a new era dawns in Leitrim GAA.  Each article deals with a specific theme and offers some thought provoking opinions and advice.

The first of the articles will be available on Friday morning Sept 12th.


Leitrim GAA wish to thank John for the use of these articles and also Turlough OBrien for supplying some of the typed versions.




09-Sep-08 by Brendan Doyle – PRO