I am delighted to inform you that there will be a fitness workshop for all coaches working with young players. The workshop will focus on fitness and conditioning for stage 1 and 2 of the long term player development pathway (For 6yrs to 14yrs approx.).This will be based on the newly updated fitness and conditioning content in the Mini and foundation coaching courses.

The focus of this workshop is physical activity and movement skill development. The evening will concentrate on stages 1 and 2, but will also investigate physical development from birth to stage 1. We will investigate Physical activity levels and guidelines, the windows of opportunity, PHV, Fundamental movement skills and the most appropriate content for 6 to 14yr olds.

The details are as follow –

Title –    Assessing & Developing Fundamental Movement Skills
Presenter –    Des Ryan (I.R.F.U. Fitness Education manager)
Date –         4/10/10
Time –         7.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue –     Connacht Rugby Gym, Sportsgrounds, College Road, Galway
Cost –        €5
Registration –    Coaches must register with Eamonn Molloy or Jimmy Duffy on 091 561 568 or [email protected] . The closing Date is the 29/9/10 and once registered coaches will receive information and a timetable before the workshop.

The topics that will be covered are as follows –

Topic 1 – Physical activity levels and guidelines for children in the 4 provinces.

Topic 2 – Assessment and development of movement skills in children.

Presenter – Des Ryan (I.R.F.U. Fitness Education Manager)

I think you will agree that the above information will be beneficial on a coaching level and a personal level for anyone with a young family.
The workshop will have theory and practical content. The evening will be of great use to coaches who would like to know what is the most appropriate and practical method to develop young players at stage 1 and stage 2 and how to get that message across.

Presenter –

Des Ryan (IRFU Fitness Education Manager)

Des Ryan is the fitness education manager for the I.R.F.U. Part of his role is to run the I.R.F.U. certified conditioning coach course and the I.R.F.U. / I.A.WL.A. weight-lifting level 1 & Level 2 (Pending) courses. Des also manages the continued professional development programme for IRFU Fitness Coaches.
His role includes managing the fitness development structures for rugby players from Under 19 years of age to mini rugby. Before Des started his position with the IRFU he worked for Connacht rugby for 10 years, working as the head fitness advisor for the Connacht Rugby Senior team from 2000 to 2008. During this time Des has worked with the Ireland A rugby team for 3 years and on a few occasions assisted with the Ireland senior team.

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