ALL THE Ulster counties headed into the New Year, new season taking stock of what was needed to win the McKenna Cup, National League and All Ireland titles in that order.
THE GAA National Coaching Conference took place on Saturday past in Croke Park. The theme for this year’s conference was providing the delegates with an in-depth perspective on, ‘Inspiring Children, fostering a love of Gaelic Games.’
Last Friday I had the privilege of being invited down to the Liatroim club to take a coaching session for the Down senior and Ulster intermediate camogie champions.
No, this article is not about a long gone, but much-loved children’s television programme.
IT’S 2014. Your year. The year you lose those few pounds of fat that accumulated back in college. The year you start the gym and stick to it. The year you scrap the sugar in your tea, the crisps in your lunch box and the chocolate biscuits before bed. This is your year.
RECENTLY the Ulster Council High Performance director and his coaching officers, together with County Minor managers and significant others, highlighted at a meeting the need for much better teaching of the basic skills including using games to target, teach and deliver skills rather than using games for games sake.
BEFORE Christmas I got a sneak preview of some comparative statistical work being done by the writer of the Don’t Foul blog. It looks back over the past four years and shows both a game in transition and a game which remains remarkably consistent.
So you’re training like a demon. Really getting stuck into your winter weights routine and looking forward to the gains and improvements you’re going to see in the New Year, right?
IN THE past few weeks we have heard of plenty of club managerial appointments around the province. We have even seen some clubs advertise in national newspapers looking for that elusive manager/coach for 2014.
ALEX Ferguson had much passion and enthusiasm to survive in his long managerial career.