Over a hundred delegates gathered for the Cork GAA Coaching and Games Annual Conference this past Saturday.
Our opening keynote speaker, Fiona Hayes, a former Irish rugby player and pivotal figure in Ireland’s Six Nations victories, currently coaches for Munster Women’s Rugby and UL Bohs Women’s Rugby. Fiona shared profound insights from her journey, emphasizing strategies for success both on and off the pitch. Notably, she highlighted the importance of a player-centered approach within coaching.
Next on the stage was Noel Furlong, the County Winning Manager of Castlelyons Hurling Team. Noel guided the delegates through his thoughts on maximizing players and exploring tactics within the game of hurling, sharing valuable insights from his coaching experience.
Our final keynote speaker was Steven Poacher, Head of PE at St Joseph’s Newry and a Gaelic Life Columnist. Steven provided a captivating glimpse into his coaching career, drawing from extensive experience in Carlow and Roscommon. In his role as a Leading Coach Educator, he offered invaluable perspectives for elevating coaching prowess in Gaelic Games.
The conference was expertly organized by Niall Twomny, Conor Couihan, Aidan O’Connell, and Cian O’Brien.