Last year's seminar was very successful and was attended by over 90 coaches. This year more presenters and different topics have been added to the line-up. The topics that will be covered are as follows:
Topic 1: 'How to Develop Functional Competence in our Players'
Presenter - Antoine Mobian, Connacht Rugby Academy fitness coach
Topic 2: 'How to Assess and Develop Movement Skills in our Players'
Presenters - Des Ryan, IRFU fitness education manager, and Johnny O'Connor, Connacht senior player and certified fitness coach
Topic 3: 'Return to Play Strategies for the Injured Player'
Presenter - Jim Molony, Connacht strength and conditioning coach
Topic 4: 'Managing the Loads of a Professional Rugby Squad'
Presenter - Tom McLaughlin, Connacht head strength and conditioning coach
The seminar will be both theory and practical-based using some of the young players from Connacht Rugby as subjects and anyone who is willing to give it a go.
The seminar will be of great use to coaches who would like to know what is the most appropriate and practical method to develop their players.
Also the seminar is ideal for coaches who would like to introduce something new and challenging to their training. The seminar is open to any coaches especially from Connacht and the surrounding area.
Similar seminars will be run in the Munster, Leinster and Ulster areas. Information on these seminars and other courses during the year will be found on www.irishrugby.ie as soon as details are available.
The details for the Connacht workshop are as follows:
Date: Wednesday, March 14
Time: 7pm registration (tea and coffee provided); Seminar starts at 7.30pm and will conclude at 9.45pm
Venue: Connacht Rugby Gym, The Sportsground, College Road, Galway
Cost: € 10
Registration: Places are limited and coaches must register with Niamh Nash to reserve a place