Certified Conditioning Coach Course 2010

The Course – A Process:

The course is intended to help you gain the confidence and competence to condition and prepare the players in your charge in a safe and enjoyable manner for the game of Rugby. It must be stated that the course will not make you ‘instantly qualified’ in the area of physical conditioning. Instead we see the course as a process. It is intended to support you over the next 3 years to physically condition players for the game. You are welcome to revise and revisit any or part of the modules as they appear over the next 3 years. In reality it is the work you do with your players that will help you become more competent and confident in the area. Also, having a network of conditioning coaches that you can access is also a valuable resource.

The course is not intended to be an ‘Academic’ course rather it is intended to be more of a practical, hands-on course where you will see and practice the many drills and exercises that are appropriate for conditioning Rugby players at all levels. More learning will occur as you return to your club or school and continue the process. Also through regular participation on any of the Programme modules you will keep up to date with the ever changing approach to conditioning players.

Course Material

You will be supplied with a manual of the content delivered at each module. The June/July weeks will cover key modules including Demands of the Game, Principles of Training and Strength and Conditioning both in the gym and on the field.

  • In order to become certified the applicant will be required to:

a) Complete all course modules.

b) To successfully complete each module’s multiple choice question & answers.

c) To successfully complete the log book/training diary.

d) To successfully deliver a field based assessment.

e) To attain an up to date CPR/First Aid qualification.

The week in U.U.J. / I.T. Carlow will cover all modules and the individual modules exams. The log book/training planning diary will be assessed as part of the field based assessment.

Course Presenters

The course is run by –

Course Director: Dr L Hennessy

Course Manager: Des Ryan

Course Administrator: Niamh Nash

Topics Covered –

Principles, Demands, Needs, Warm Ups, Prehab, Functional assessment, Integrated Conditioning, Planning & Periodisation, Testing, Nutrition, Strength, Speed, LTPD, Fundamental Movement Skills.

The 2009 Presenters were –

  • Des Ryan IRFU Fitness Education Manager
  • Paul Pook: Ex-Harlequins and present Irish Senior Conditioning Coach and expert in Core Conditioning
  • Chris Shields IRFU Ulster Sub Academy Fitness Advisor
  • Declan Gamble SINI
  • Ruth Wood Martin IRFU Performance Nutritionist
  • Rodney Kennedy University of Ulster Sport Science Dept.
  • Sami Dowling IRFU Leinster Sub Academy Fitness Advisor
  • Chris Webster PDM Ulster Branch
  • Paudi Roche IRFU Munster Sub Academy Fitness Advisor
  • Colin Buckley: IAWA Coach education Director
  • Martin Zawieja; Silver medalist Superheavy weight Olympics in Seoul 1988 and full-time German weight lifting Coach
  • Dr PJ Smyth: Head of Motor development in PE and Sports Science at University of Limerick


The 2010 Presenters are to be announced but will include –


Martin Zawieja – Olympic Weight Lifting Medalist and German Weightlifting Development Coach.

Paul Pook – Irish senior rugby team fitness coach.


Dr. Liam Hennessy – Director of Fitness I.R.F.U.


Des Ryan – Fitness Education Manager I.R.F.U.


Colin Buckley – National Coaching Development Officer for the Irish Amateur Weightlifting Association. Certified I.R.F.U. conditioning coach.

Course week options


University of Jordanstown, Belfast Week 2010

The first course will be held in the University of Jordanstown.

Date – Monday 28th of June until Friday 2nd July 2010.


I.T. Carlow Week 2010

The second course will be held in the I.T. Carlow.

Date – Monday 5th of July until Friday 9th July 2010.

Details of the week’s timetable will be sent to you nearer the date.


Accommodation is not provided by the I.R.F.U. However, should you need help in locating suitable accommodation call Niamh on (01) 6473835 who can advise you.

Kit for Course:

You are encouraged to dress casually with clothing that will allow you to be active during the daily practicals.

Fee for Course:

The fee for the course is €450 per applicant. If a School/Club is sending 3-4 applicants there is a reduction of 15%, or 4-6 applicants a 30% discount. A cheque for full payment must be sent to IRFU along with the registration form.


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