Coaching the Coaches Seminar June 30th: Decision-making in sport

22 Jun 2010

Coaching the Coaches Seminar June 30th: Decision-making in sport

The next Coaching the Coaches Forum will focus on decision making in sport.



The event, which will see both Seanie McGrath from the Department of Education and Skills as a post-primary inspector with responsibility for Physical Education, and John Considine, GAA coach, make presentations on decision making, will take place in the Rochestown Park Hotel on Wednesday June 30th at 7.30pm.


There will be a cover charge of 10 euro, and as places are limited they can be reserved by e-mailing <>.

The seminar, which again will be chaired by Julia Walsh of UCC is the fourth in the series that helps coaches of all grades and age to learn more about the art of coaching from expert coaches. The focus of the next coaching forum is on creating training environments to promote athlete/player decision making. Decision-making is an important part of modern day sport but it does not happen without practice. Athletes and players of all ages can engage in this process, which also encourages leadership and creative play.


This month's expert coaches share their knowledge and experience in creating athletes and players who can independently make decisions in a sporting environment. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion.

John Considine is a lecturer in the Department of Economics, University College Cork. He has coached a variety of hurling and camogie teams at club, university and county level: at club level he has coached in Sarsfields and Kilbrittan; at university level he has coached UCC senior hurlers and senior camogies teams; at county level he has coached u-18, u-21, and senior Cork hurling team.

He has also coached Cork senior camogie teams. He has presented to the Annual GAA Coaching Conference and to academic conferences on the links between Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) and Teaching for Understanding (TfU).He also played hurling for Sarsfields, UCC, and Cork.

Seánie McGrath works for the Department of Education and Skills as a post-primary inspector with responsibility for Physical Education. He graduated from Thomond College with a degree in Physical Education and later from the University of Limerick with a Masters degree in Exercise Science.He was a highly capped international swimmer and has the distinction of winning a medal at every major championship including two European Championship bronze medals, a World Championship silver medal and Paralympic games bronze medal. Seánie has also sailed internationally for several years and has competed to the highest level as a member of the Irish Sonar Sailing Team. Seánie has been involved in coaching Athletics, Gaelic Football, Hurling and providing advice and support to numerous athletes and players at all levels including club, inter-county, provincial, national and international level.He has a particular interest in strength and conditioning and the design and implementation of integrated training methods that enable athletes and players to perform.

Julia is the Director of the B.Ed. Sports Studies and Physical Education programme at UCC. She is a regular presenter at the coaching forum. At this month's presentation she will explore decision-making and scenario training.

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