Impressive line-up at new Coachworks programme

ARMAGH Sports Forum and Craigavon Sports Advisory Council recently launched their Coachworks 2012 Programme.

At the launch were Ulster Rugby Fitness Coach, Chris Shields, Northern Ireland Women’s International Soccer Manager Alfie Wylie, and SAQ Ireland’s Keith Hennessey who are among the top coaches who will be providing tips to local sports clubs and coaches.

Taking place in Armagh and Craigavon over alternate nights in January, the programme will cover hot topics relating to optimal performance and provide ready to use examples for those working with individuals and teams of all ages and abilities.

Coachworks 2012 kicks-off in style on January 16 with Ulster Rugby Fitness Coach Chris Shields and his ‘Strength and Conditioning’ session in Craigavon Leisure Centre providing local coaches with practical exercises to improve athletes performances.

NI National Women’s Coach Alfie Wylie will be offering coaches some new drills and skills for developing fitness with his workshop entitled ‘Fit 4 Performance’ on January 20 in Craigavon Leisure Centre.

Sports Psychologist and Queen’s University Reader Dr. John Kremer will provide an insight into how sport psychology can be used to maximise individual and team performance with his ‘Winning Mind; Winning Team’ session on January 18 in Craigavon Civic Centre.

Terence McWilliams from Ulster Council will look at developing young performers with his ‘Fundamentals of Games’ workshop on January 23 in Craigavon Leisure Centre which will look at a range of practical games and activities suitable for sports club, youth club and primary school settings.

Meanwhile in Armagh, SAQ Ireland and Setanta College’s Keith Hennessy returns to Coachworks for a follow up to his ‘First to the Ball’ workshop in Armagh on January 19 which focuses on developing explosive power over the first three yards in sport.

Other sessions in Armagh include a goalkeeping clinic by Mickey Keenan on January 17, ‘Fit to Eat’ sports nutritional session on January 24 and finally a ‘Handling Skills for Female Athletes’ workshop on January 26 by International and Ladies Gaelic star Caroline O’Hanlon

Speaking at the launch, Craigavon Borough Council’s Sports Development Officer Wanda Rea commented: “We have lined up a fantastic programme of activity for next year’s Coachworks and we’ve aimed to ensure that we have something which is relevant and innovative for coaches at all levels.”

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about Coachworks 2012, can contact either the Sports Development Unit at Craigavon Borough Council on 028 3831 1692 for the courses based there, or for the Armagh based courses should contact Edel Ferson on 028 3752 9636.