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.
John Hughes got an answer to why the BBC’s radio coverage of GAA pales in comparison to that of soccer. But he was not appeased
Kevin Cassidy was dealt with firmly by manager Jim McGuinness. In his career Alex Ferguson was equally decisive in the disciplining of Jaap Stam, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane and David Beckham.
So, for most the season has wrapped up and next on the agenda is a winter weights program. Time to, “Bulk up,” as the man says. Now let’s hit the gym!
The conditioning levels of inter-county players are now at the highest the sport has ever seen. At club level the same high standards are expected down through the ranks of senior, intermediate and junior football, maybe not to the same ultra professional level of county teams, but certainly more advanced than ever.