STEVEN POACHER: The class of Glen and Kilmacud strategies


HAVING travelled to Croke Park for the All-Ireland Club football semi-finals, I came away hugely impressed with the supreme levels of physical conditioning in all four teams. It showed just how much the club game has progressed with players both individually and collectively taking huge pride in their conditioning. Gone now are the days at […]


STEVEN POACHER: The art of man-management


I WAS chatting to an old friend recently who is now coaching in a club side in Ulster. After a short spell in another club as manager, he said he thoroughly enjoys the coaching so much more than the managing. He said some nights after training, there was a queue waiting to speak to him […]


STEVEN POACHER: Five points to shape your coaching style


I WAS listening to a podcast recently centring around a debate on coach education qualifications within the GAA. I have all my awards, including foundation award, one and two, but I must be honest, I don’t think I have gained more knowledge, experience or skills through these awards. That knowledge, in my opinion, has come […]


STEVEN POACHER: Practical sessions can really re-ignite that coaching passion


I RECENTLY travelled to Jordanstown for the annual Ulster Coaching Conference. A brilliant collage of coaches and speakers were assembled by Ulster GAA and provided the patrons with a wonderful action-packed day of learning. One of the biggest attractions – and a massive improvement – in the Ulster Conference is the huge variety of practical […]


STEVEN POACHER: Scanning for small improvements


AS we enter the off season for coaches, I suppose it is important we all critically reflect on the past year and what we did well as coaches, what things didn’t go so well and how can we improve both individually and collectively within a group environment. This is a time of year for coaches […]


Poacher joins Fermanagh hurlers


FORMER Roscommon and Carlow coach Steven Poacher has been added to the Fermanagh hurling management team for the 2023 season. Erne boss Joe Baldwin had intended to add a strong presence to his coaching team for the season ahead and has landed on the Newry native. Poacher had been linked to the Fermanagh football job […]


STEVEN POACHER: Knowledge is power as Newry coaching day looms large


IT’S around this time of the year that most coaches are close to finishing off their respective seasons across the province, whether that be with an underage or a senior team. Unless you are involved in the latter stages of championship semi-finals or finals, your season is coming to a close. A lot of coaches […]


STEVEN POACHER: Learn while recharging batteries


IT’S around this time of the year that most coaches are close to finishing off their respective seasons across the province, whether that be with an underage or a senior team. Unless you are involved in the latter stages of championship semi-finals or finals, your season is coming to a close. A lot of coaches […]


Mayobridge boss Poacher hoping for scoring intent against Burren


By Kieran Lynch DOWN’S Senior and Intermediate Championships get underway this weekend, and the fixture administrators have arguably saved the best for last, with Monday night’s clash between Burren and Mayobridge concluding the first-round action. Ahead of the game, Mayobridge manager Steven Poacher spoke to Gaelic Life, and he took the positives out of a […]


STEVEN POACHER: A new era of Gaelic Football


A FEW weeks back, John Harrington of GAA.ie interviewed me for a piece in the All-Ireland semi-final programme. It centered around how Gaelic Football has evolved over the last five years and how the sport is gathering pace both on and off the playing field. There’s S & C, nutrition, GPS, video analysis, performance coaches, transition play, […]