Cork GAA have unveiled details of a forum for youth players who are aspiring to perform at senior inter county level in the future.
Pairc Ui Chaoimh will host a unique event on Sunday 10th February with an audience drawn from Ladies Football, Camogie and the GAA’s development squads. Players will get advice on nutrition, lifestyle management along with insights in to how county stars such as Rena Buckley and Stephen McDonnell deal with the good and bad days that inter county players encounter.
Chairman of the Cork Health & Well Being Committee, Des Cullinane, pointed out that many of our best club players come in to development squads and may not be the best players in this environment. “Some players can find this difficult to handle and may suffer confidence issues. This forum aims to highlight coping mechanisms for players. Much of our training is centred around the skills of the game, team play and tactics. This forum aims to delve in to areas that traditionally would not be addressed within the squads structure but are just as important in terms of getting the desired performance on the field.”
The forum will also focus on the adult mentors who look after the development squad programmes. Multiple All Ireland winning manager Eamonn Ryan will address the coaches on player management. Of particular attention here is around communication to players within squads but also those who are not selected and how to manage these situations.
The event is sure to be a big success with large numbers of youths expected to attend. Red Fm have come on board as media partners and Cork GAA wish to thank them for their support and coverage of the event.
At the launch of the Cork GAA Health & Well Being Youth Forum were Patrick Doyle Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Des Cullinane Cork Health & Well Being Committee Chairman, Kevin O Callaghan County Games Manager and Ruairi O Hagan Corks Red Fm.
February 10th 2019 Páirc Ui Chaoimh at 4.45 pm.
5pm: Stephen McDonnell” My Journey to being an elite player”
5.45pm: Session 1 Steven Casey “Lifestyle & Nutrition for the Active Teenager”
6.30pm: Session 2 Conor Quinlan “Understanding Mental Health & the Importance of an Athletes Mindset”.