Coaches to share their secrets of success
Top names in Irish and international sport will descend on Dublin's CityWest Hotel on June 12 for the second Multi Sport-Coaching Conference. The event, organised by Sporttracker and Setanta College, welcomes leading experts and professional sports people to Dublin to give lectures, seminars and demonstrations covering all topics required to achieve success in sport.
The aim of the conference is to cater for all coaches, trainers, fitness experts, managers, tri-athletes, athletes and physios at every level and variety of sport in Ireland. According to Peter Larkin of Sporttracker, the event offers something to interest all sport enthusiasts.
"The people that attend will get an insight into the leaders of specific fields of sport. Whether it's strength and conditioning, psychology or coaching, it will all be covered."
Experts will be on hand throughout the day to share their knowledge and expertise on specific areas of sport. The topics covered will include management, speed, stamina, skill development, power and strength, diet, sports psychology and monitoring.
Jake White (pictured), World Cup winning rugby manager with South Africa, and ex-Liverpool manager Roy Evans will give a coaching session on the pitches and demonstrate to coaches how winners train.
The list of speakers for this exciting event includes Kerry manager Jack O'Connor; sports psychologist Prof Aidan Moran; Gary Keegan, high-performance director and coach, and former Cork All-Ireland winning hurling manager Donal O'Grady. Ex-Irish international basketball manager Gerry Fitzpatrick and leading nutritionist Paula Mee will also address the conference. At the end of the day, many of the speakers will be available for a question-and-answer session.
This year also sees a broad international guest list that includes Andreas Schlumbergar, the director of fitness with the German FA, Alan Pearson, an internationally renowned expert on speed and agility development, and Ian Jeffries, who is the UK's leading strength and conditioning coach. All will give seminars on their specialised area of sport.
On the day there will be exhibition stands set up in the CityWest centre for visitors who can avail of special offers and discounts.
Rte radio will broadcast from the CityWest Hotel on Friday night and on Saturday. The event starts at 8.0am and will finish at 5.0pm. Tickets are priced at €75 and can be purchased on www.sporttracker.ie.
"This event price is tailored to attract the amateur market. We have taken the elite and we are letting the amateur have access to them," added Larkin.