GAA director of games development Pat Daly has confirmed this Saturday’s coaching conference in Croke Park is a 700-ticket sell-out.
“It’s a varied agenda and we try to add something of interest for everybody,” he said of the gathering which this year focuses on adult coaching.
“We always try to ensure it’s informative and educational.
“Jim Bolger and Professor Niall Moyna will do a joint presentation with Jim dealing with horse physiology and Niall talking about human physiology. I expect it will be intriguing.”
Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy will also be talking along with Galway selector Mattie Kenny and Westmeath boss Brian Hanley about the lessons they have learned as hurling coaches.
Football Review Committee chairman Eugene McGee will discuss the recommendations of his group along with Dublin’s 2011 All-Ireland winning manager Pat Gilroy, current Longford manager Glenn Ryan and Kerry’s senior ladies football boss William O’Sullivan.
Crossmaglen chairman Tony Brady will give a presentation on what lessons can be learned from the All-Ireland senior club football champions while multi Paralympic gold medal winning cyclist Mark Rohan, who has recently joined the Westmeath footballers’ backroom team, will deliver a talk on “Harnessing The Power Within”.
Renowned boxing coach Billy Walsh will bring proceedings to a close with an address entitled “Bringing It All Together”.
Daly says a lot of his work this year will concentrate on upholding the numbers of children who are attending Cúl Camps and playing Go Games, which are structured to ensure all U12 participants get to play a full game.
“We had the biggest number ever — 82,000 — at 1,040 Cúl Camps last year.
“The Go Games have proven to work — there is a 30% increase in participation arising from them.
“The next challenge is how we move on that and increasing all levels of participation. We’re increasingly living in an urbanised country and adults have to plan their lives on a daily to weekly basis.”
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