Coaching & Games Development Conference 2014

Limited Places remaining for the 2014 O’Neills Ulster GAA Coaching & Games Development Conference.

It is that time of year again when the club and county scene is almost wrapped up for winter and coaches begin to look at the programme of coach education courses that are available to them.

Everyone is trying to get that little edge over their competitors and coaches are hungry for information and coaching tips to stay ahead of their opponents. The O’Neill’s Ulster GAA Coaching Conference is always a focal point for the best coaches in Ulster and indeed coaches throughout Ireland and Britain.

The theme for this year’s conference is ’20/20 Vision for 2020 Clubs’ and will have a particular resonance with those coaches working within schools, clubs, academies and county squads in urban settings.

The conference will see the official launch of a new GAA specific warm-up developed by Sports Institute Northern Ireland and Ulster GAA. The Activate GAA Warm-up has been adapted from FIFA’s successful 11+ programme to meet the specific needs of GAA codes and to reduce the incidence of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury among players.

The morning and early afternoon sessions will include 12 workshops which will be followed by keynote speakers including FIFA’s Dr. Mario Bizzini and SINI’s Head of Sports Medicine, Professor Phil Glasgow. They will speak about the impact that the 11+ warm-up has had in reducing injury in soccer and provide practical tips on implementing the Activate GAA Warm-up.

The Activate Warm-up will also be the subject of an earlier workshop with Prof. Phil Glasgow.

This year’s Conference will break with tradition as we will be hosted, for the first time, by the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick, Co. Antrim. The location close to the M2 Motorway and 10 miles north of Belfast should prove popular due to its ease of access.

Conference Running Order

Presentations, Photos and Videos from the Conference are now available to view online at

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