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from AAI website – Regional Squads off to a Great Start in 2008
– Youth Sport Development Conference – “Coaching For Success”
Youth Sport Development Conference – “Coaching For Success”

Meath Local Sports Partnership will host a Youth Sport Development conference entitled “Coaching for Success” on Saturday 23rd February in The Venue, Ratoath, Co. Meath.

There are a few places remaining for the conference on Saturday.If interested in attending contact our office on 046-9067337.

Conference runs from 9.30am to 3pm. Lunch is provided for conference attendees.

This conference is aimed at coaches, leaders, teachers, parents, sports development officers, players, athletes and anyone with an interest in youth sport development.

The conference focuses on key issues in youth sport development and coaching for success addressing coaching philosophy, nutrition, developing & coaching speed and screening in sport.

The conference will also include the launch of Meath Local Sports Partnership’s Strategic Plan 2007-2012 “Sport and Physical Activity – A Way of Life.”

Speakers include:

Sean Boylan – “Coaching philosophy for all”

Mike Antoniades – “How to develop & coach speed”

Giles Warrington – “Training considerations for young players and athletes.

Aoife Hearne – “Nutrition in Sport”

Dr. Philip Carolan – Screening in sport is not all about Sudden Cardiac Death.

Chairperson for the day is Colm Keys – journalist with the Irish Independent.

Reservations may be made directly to Meath Local Sports Partnership – 046-9067337, booking forms also available online at www.meathlocalsportspartnership.ie. Registration fee is €25 including lunch. All participants must be over 16 years of age.


Regional Squads off to a Great Start in 2008

Over the last two weekends, almost 400 athletes between the age of 14 and 18 participated in the Athletics Ireland Regional Squad sessions in Connacht, Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Dublin.

The weather was cold but dry in all regions allowing a wide range of events to be catered for at each of the Squad sessions. Coaching was provided by specialist coaches in each event and both the invited athletes and their coaches expressed great satisfaction at the weekend’s activities. The guest speaker in Connacht was Paul Hession who gave great inspiration to the young athletes in attendance.

For those athletes who had attended regularly at the Regional Squad Sessions since they began again last year, there was an extra bonus at the weekend. These athletes all received a specially designed t-shirt and spike bag, met with great approval in all venues.

The next Regional Squad Sessions are in Connacht on March 2nd and in all other regions on March 29th 2008.