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Games Development Conference 2013

Games Development Conference 2013

Conference Theme: Coaching Adults: More than the Sum of Our Parts

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A star studded line up of speakers will feature coaches from the world of Gaelic Games, coaches of Irish Olympic medallists, players, athletes and international speakers from both Australia and Britain. Irish Olympic boxing coach Billy Walsh, Paralympic Hand Cycling champion Mark Rohan and racehorse trainer and breeder Jim Bolger will provide a view from other sporting arenas. Extending the player participation at the Conference, Sligo footballer Brendan Egan will present on key nutritional concepts for coaches, while Wexford’s Kate Kelly will be joined by her All Ireland winning manger JJ Doyle to focus on the manager’s and player’s perspective on player development.

A special feature of the Conference will be the hosting of two panel discussions; one will be football specific and will relate to the upcoming Football Review Committee Report where Eugene McGee will be joined by Pat Gilroy, Glen Ryan and Kerry Ladies Football manager William O’Sullivan. Cork’s Jimmy Barry Murphy, Galway’s Mattie Kenny and Westmeath manager Brian Hanley will focus on the evolving role of the coach in Hurling.

The prevention of injury will be one of the main focuses, with physiotherapist Enda King joined by Dr. Catherine Blake from UCD, and Ladies Gaelic football players to provide details of an innovative injury prevention programme that has been piloted amongst Ladies Gaelic football teams and will become a feature for all Gaelic games teams over the coming years.

An international flavour will be provided by two world renowned experts in sports psychology and leadership development. From Australia Gerard Murphy of Espada Consulting, will bring a range of experience including involvement with AFL, both Rugby Union and League, Basketball and Netball, specialising in team alignment and leadership development. From Britain, Dr Denise Hill has researched and worked with a range of athletes, especially in golf to prevent choking and will provide some practical tips for coaches to assist and challenge their players.

Covering issues related to performance analysis, Head of Performance Analysis at UCC, Len Browne will present not only on conducting analysis of your team, but more importantly, how the coach can convey this message back to the players.

For more information on the Games Development Conference, email

Conference Programme

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