The area’s annual programme of coaching workshops will start on Monday, January 19 with a strength-and-conditioning seminar in Ardmore Recreation Centre.
Venues across Craigavon, Banbridge and Armagh have been selected to host the ‘Coachworks 2015’ run of sessions designed to focus on hot topics towards optimal performance for coaching staff working with a wide range of ages and ability levels.
Mike McGurn, the Queen’s University strength-and-conditioning coach will host “Functional Conditioning For Better Performance” to aid coaching efforts towards improving athletes’ performance standards in training and competition.
Dr John Kremer - a sports psychologist with connections to Queen’s University - has a session booked for Monday, January 26 at the same Ardmore venue. Entitled “Sports Psychology Without Tears”, it will focus on how sports psychology can maximise individual and team performances.
The Ulster Rugby fitness development coach, Ryan Keating, will host “Developing The Female Athlete” at Craigavon Leisure Centre on Wednesday, January 21 to highlight the psychological and physiological factors a coach can implement into sessions.
The programme will close on Wednesday, January 28 in Craigavon Leisure Centre with the “FIFA 11+ Injury Prevention Warm-up” hosted by Ken Duncan of the Irish Football Association’s grassroots department. It will centre on how warm-up routines can result in an injury reduction of between 30 and 50 per cent.
Banbridge sites will stage “Shortcut To Continued Success” and “Innovative Coaching In Preparation For Competition” on, respectively, January 20 and 27.
Contact (028) 38 311692 (Craigavon), (028) 37 529636 (Armagh) or (028) 406 60637 (Banbridge).