THIS month’s Coachworks programme includes highly-respected names from the sporting world.
The project, organised by Craigavon Sports Advisory Council and Armagh Sports Forum, is based around a run of events across January relating to optimal performance topics and examples for those working with individuals and teams of all ages and ability levels.
Ian Stewart, a former Northern Ireland football international, will team up with Jackie McKernan (Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games athletics manager) on January 21 for a ‘Developing Speed And Quickness For Sport’ session in Craigavon Leisure Centre.
Alfie Wylie (Northern Ireland national women’s football coach) has planned a programme of drills and skills for developing fitness with his workshop entitled ‘Innovative Training Practices For Field-Based Sports’ on January 23 in Craigavon Leisure Centre.
A ‘Decision-making In Team Sports’ workshop is booked in Craigavon Leisure Centre on January 28 with Eugene Young (Ulster Council’s director of coaching and games development).
Des Ryan (Irish Rugby fitness education manager) has organised a ‘Performance Strength And Conditioning’ workshop for January 30 in Craigavon Leisure Centre.
“We have lined up a fantastic programme for Coachworks, making sure we have something which is relevant and innovative for coaches at all levels,” said Wanda Rea, Craigavon Borough Council’s sports development officer.”
The Armagh-based schedule kicks off on January 22 in the Market Place Theatre with Danny Turley (Armagh GAA performance analyst) and a demonstration of performance analysis technology from pen and paper to the latest electronic methods.
Dr John Kremer (sports psychologist and Queen’s University reader) has planned an insight into sports psychology and how it can be used to maximise individual and team performance levels with ‘Winning Minds And Winning Teams’ in St Patrick’s Trian Centre on January 24.
Terence McWilliams (Ulster GAA Council) has organised a ‘Fundamentals Of Games’ session in Ardmore Recreation Centre for January 29 to study a range of practical games and activities suitable for sports and youth clubs and primary school settings.
Lisa Fallon, a motivational analyst, will wrap up the Coachworks project in Ardmore Recreation Centre on January 31 with a ‘Ready To Rock’ event covering the importance of warm-ups and preparation for sport.
For further information contact Edel Ferson (Armagh) on (028) 37 529636 or Colin Baines (Craigavon) on (028) 38 311692.