Cunningham and Fennelly join forces
They were on opposite sides in last year's All-Ireland hurling final but former Galway manager Anthony Cunningham and Kilkenny midfielder Michael Fennelly have teamed up in an unusual alliance to establish a company that provides coaching solutions to clubs and counties.
Cunningham, who has agreed to take up a coaching role with the Laois footballers, and Fennelly are aiming to provide an extensive database of experienced and qualified coaches, through their company coachfinder.club.
"It's one of the reasons why I said I will do a small bit of work with Laois," said the Galway man.
"I've been working for the last six months with Michael Fennelly, matching club and county needs to coaches that we would have on a database, both emerging and existing people."
Fennelly is lecturing in the Setanta College in Thurles and is well placed to give guidance in areas of specific expertise.
"There is a lot of talent coming out with strength and conditioning coaches and fitness coaches coming out on stream," said Cunningham. "But there isn't the professional sports base in this country to support them."
"Michael would see a lot of those as part of his lecturing in Setanta.
"So many clubs are continuously asking 'how do we get better?' We'd be hoping to provide that advice to getting people to help them or train up their people."
Cunningham has agreed to take up a role with Laois and draw on his experience as a football coach with Garrycastle and St Brigid's.
"I probably didn't expect to be back in coaching so soon but I was asked to take a session a couple of weeks back and then again," he said. "My role will be small. I'll give a few pointers but I have other things on the go too."