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Jason Sherlock will speak at the  Games Development Conference at Croke Park in January.

Jason Sherlock will speak at the Games Development Conference at Croke Park in January.

2018 GAA Games Development Conference details announced


Details of the GAA Games Development Conference, which will take place in Croke Park on January 12th and 13th, have been released today. The theme is “Think it – Do it – Become it” and aims to address issues related to players from across the playing spectrum.

Run as a partnership between all of the Gaelic Games Associations, the Conference will offer the 750 delegates attending an opportunity to access talks relating to key coaching issues in hurling/camogie, Gaelic football/Ladies Gaelic football, Handball and Rounders.

The impressive line-up of speakers will feature coaches from the world of Gaelic Games, players, teachers, coaches and international speakers, including speakers from all Gaelic games backgrounds.

A key feature of this years’ event is the contribution from coaches of various backgrounds, with 2014 European Ryder Cup Captain, Paul McGinley, Leinster Rugby Senior Coach, Stuart Lancaster and coach to World Long jump Champion Luvo Manyonga, Waterford’s John McGrath all delivering sessions.

In addition, former star hurlers and Gaelic footballers who have become involved in coaching are also involved including: Jason Sherlock (Dublin), Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), Peter Canavan (Tyrone), Brendan Cummins (Tipperary), Steven McDonnell (Armagh) and Tony Óg Regan (Galway).

In an innovative opening night, Friday, January 12th will feature a ‘Youth Players’ forum that will investigate many of the issues related to ensuring that players are provided with an adequate programme of games, appropriate to their needs and abilities. Speakers will present on a number of initiatives that have been developed to complement the formal games programme, including the successful GAA Future Leaders Transition Year programme and research conducted into the GAA Talent Academy programme.

For the first time Sky Sports sponsor the event.

The cost of attending is €60 and further information on registering to attend the Conference is available at learning.gaa.ie/conference2018

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