THE Southern Sports Partnership’s Mini-Games Seminar attracted almost 70 representatives of the coaching community to Armagh on Sunday.
The event, held in conjunction with Armagh Sports Forum and Sport Northern Ireland, provided a series of presentations from senior figures in the worlds of rugby, hockey, gaelic games and football.
University of Ulster’s Shane McCullough kicked off proceedings with a presentation putting the focus on the research and ethos behind the mini-games concept.
Portadown’s Willie Gribben (Irish Rugby Football Union), Angela Platt (Ulster Hockey), Dr Eugene Young (Ulster GAA) and Ian Stewart (Irish Football Association) then highlighted the main concepts of mini-games - essentially the benefits of more touches, passes and scores!
The afternoon also included interactive coaching sessions involving pupils from Armagh-based St Patrick’s Primary School under the guidance of Terence McWilliams (Ulster GAA) and Sergio Lara-Bercial (Leeds Metropolitan University).
Both men identified the need for the mini-games ethos to be delivered across training sessions to help development of young athletes.
“The Mini-Games Seminar was a huge success,” said Alan Curran, Southern Sports Partnership officer. “The theory and practical sessions will enable those in attendance to add to their delivery within their particular sport and club setting. “We saw today as a great opportunity for coaches from across sporting codes to come together and learn from one another.
“The success of today’s event will definitely lead to the delivery of similar programmes in the future.”
To download any of the presentations or coaching information delivered at the seminar simply visit www.southernsports.co.uk.
The website also provides information on the work of the Southern Sports Partnership. Alternatively, contact (028) 38 314470.