Managers to reveal winning formula
FOLLOWING in the footsteps of those who have 'walked the walk' is one way of getting an edge in a sporting world of increasingly fine margins.
If you've ever wondered why Kerry's football tradition shows no sign of waning or why Irish rugby has made such giant strides in the noughties, an upcoming sports conference promises an insight into how some of Ireland's most successful teams manage to keep on winning.
The 'Sports Team Management and Administration' conference, hosted by performance company, Sporttracker, and Setanta College, takes place in Dublin's CityWest Hotel on Saturday, February 20 and will give managers and club administrators of all levels the opportunity to learn from the best in the business.
Kerry's All-Ireland winning manager, Jack O'Connor, Professor Aidan Moran (former official psychologist to the Irish Olympic squad) and IRFU director of fitness, Dr Liam Hennessy, will be among the star attractions.
Looking ahead to the event, O'Connor said it was a great opportunity for coaches to learn from those who know what it takes to succeed.
"There is a fantastic line-up of managers and speakers for an event that is very attractive on a number of levels. It is an ideal opportunity to learn some stories behind success in a variety of codes and to see how the theory of management can be put into practice," he said.
"The bottom line is that no matter what level you are at, leading management is essential and this will give people the opportunity to implement some of the ideas with their own teams."
The speakers will include Down All-Ireland winning manager Pete McGrath; Gerry Fitzpatrick, former Irish basketball manager who coached in America for two years; Bart McEnroe, who mentors coaches and managers to get the best out of their teams; John Deehan, formerly of Aston Villa Norwich and Wigan; Gary Keegan, high performance manager of IIS and former high performance manager in boxing and Peter Quinn, former GAA president. Other speakers will be announced in the next two weeks.
This conference, which follows the highly successful 'Preparing to Perform' conference of last July, will focus on the education and development of management skills in sport and cover the organisational skills required for managing teams at all levels.
It will also cover the management skills required for the development of athletes from individual sports. Speakers will also address the topic of raising the standards of club administration to facilitate team advancement and success.
The conference is one of three being organised this year and will be followed by 'Multi-sports Preparing to Perform' on April 24 and 'Coaching Kids in Sports' on November 6.
For updates on speakers, log on to www.sporttracker.ie and www.setantacollege.com. Tickets are €75 and available on www.sporttracker.ie or by contacting Sporttracker at 042 9324504.