Dr. Jean Côté is professor and Director in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University at Kingston (Canada).
Dr. Côté has published more than 130 refereed papers and delivered 50 keynote address at major national and international conferences in the ares of children in sport, coaching, positive youth development, and sport expertise.
Now, the world-renowned academic will be sharing his expertise with parents, teachers and coaches in Connacht in a seminar entitled “Redefining Success in Coaching”.
The event will examine a dynamic and comprehensive approach to short and long-term Athlete Development. This includes:

  • Research and case studies into the elements that affect athlete development
  • Identification of evidence-based principles for the optimal development of athletes
  • The role of parents, coaches & the club/school in developing better people (not just better players)
  • How to keep children interested in rugby and develop personal assets.

Connacht Rugby are delighted to welcome a speaker of Dr. Côté’s calibre to the West of Ireland and would highly encourage all parents, coaches and teachers to avail of the opportunity to gain some insights.
The event takes place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th March in GMIT and registration costs just €10 which you can complete below.
Please note we are expecting a large crowd so early registration to guarantee entry is recommended.
For further details you can contact our Coach Development Manager Eamonn Molloy at [email protected].

Connacht Rugby will host a Coaching 7’s workshop on Monday 24th February at the Sportsground.
The IRFU’s Head of Coach Education Matt Wilkie will lead attendees through both theory and practical elements of the game.
Wilkie, brings a wealth of experience from his with with the Australian Rugby Union and he has worked very closely with both the Men’s and Women’s National 7’s teams since his arrival in Ireland.
“As 7’s is still in its early stages of growth in Ireland it offers a huge opportunity for coaches. Coaches we send to tournaments with our clubs or provincial teams are immediately under the eye of the national management”, according to Coach Development Manager, Eamonn Molloy.
Coaching 7’s Masterclass
Monday 24th February @ 7pm
Sportsground, Galway

Sligo RFC has become the latest club to adopt the Rugby For Children (RFC) coaching model.
The programme has energised the mini rugby experience with players constantly active in a rotation of fun, developmental and skills activities.
Coach Development Officer Gavin Foley led the workshop for coaches of U7 to U12 teams, where they could see the GAME Box, SKILL Box and FUN Box in action.
Game Box Small Sided Games which avoids bigger numbers of kids with no space and less touches on the ball
Fun Box Allows the players to be less focused with more fun.
Skills Box This allows coaches to focus on key skills with more outcome eg catch/throw tackle tech.
This format caters towards children’s needs of variety and changing environments while providing skills development in both game and reduced activities.
Credit must go to Phelim O’Connor and David Gerrity of Sligo RFC for facilitating the workshop.
Phelim O’Connor says:

“The framework helps coaches to maximize game time – and also helps to remind that there needs to be a balance of fun activities and skills with small sided games throughout every session. We’ve used the format at U11 now for a number of weeks and it’s been working really well. The kids love it, and it has actually helped manage our increasing numbers. With this week’s session it will be great to see the new standard used for all our mini age groups. I can’t see us ever reverting to the standard drills which we used over the years.”
Gavin Foley added:

“The level of activity children are experiencing in these sessions speaks volumes. We set out to create a fun experience for children , while supporting the challenges coaches have in time constraints and coaching resources. In clubs who have adopted the programme we are already seeing more skill repetition and smiles on faces.”

Connacht Rugby has seen an incredible demand for their education offerings by coaches this autumn with in excess of 250 coaches registering on a series of courses for mini up to AIL.
Keeping pace with the evolution of the game and the revamped IRFU courses appear to be driving the numbers which sees 10 courses take place in 8 different venues.
The new Coaching Awards of Children, Youth, Senior and Performance in partnership with GMIT has combined the best of rugby knowledge with some of the workshops used by world experts such as Wade Gilbert and John O’Sullivan.
In addition to their Coach Development team, all of whom are at the cold face of coaching youth representative squads, Connacht Rugby have called on retired professionals such as JP Cooney and Andrew Browne to present to club coaches.
Here are a list of the remaining courses and venues:
Youth Coaching Award – 11th & 12th October – Buccaneers RFC
Youth Coaching Award – 8th, 15th & 22nd October – Sportsground, Galway
Youth Coaching Award – 15th & 16th November – Connemara RFC

For Coaches who wish to attend one please register HERE.

The IRFU is now taking bookings for their Conditioning Coach Course (CCC).
The course is intended to help coaches gain the confidence and competence to condition and prepare players in a safe and enjoyable manner for the game of rugby.
The CCC is a practical hands-on course where you will see and practice the many strength and conditioning drills and exercises that are appropriate for the physical preparation of rugby players at all levels.
Course Details
The course takes place at the Institute of Technology, Carlow from July 8th to 12th.

Course Fee: €450.00

Confirmed presenters include:

Kevin Craddock – Course Director
Dr Nick Winkelman – IRFU Head of Athletic Performance and Science
Provincial and National IRFU Strength & Conditioning Coaches
Book Online
Click here to book your place on the course
For more information please email Niamh Nash or call her on 01 6473835
Course Objectives
The course is intended to help you gain the confidence and competence to physically prepare the players in your charge in a safe and enjoyable manner for the game of rugby. The course will not make you ‘instantly qualified’ in the area of strength and conditioning – it is an introductory course for those wishing to increase their knowledge base in the area of strength and conditioning and develop their coaching skills.
The course also serves as a strong networking opportunity to help you develop relationships with like-minded coaches that you can engage with throughout your career.
While there are theory based elements on the course, the course is primarily 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.
Course Material
You will be supplied with an electronic copy of the key content delivered on the course. The course design is based on movement preparation, movement skills, strength & power and conditioning.
The course will cover:

Art & Science of Coaching
Movement Ability & Screening
Movement Preparation
Linear Speed Development (Acceleration & Maximal Velocity)
Multidirectional Speed Development (Agility)
Strength & Power
Athletic Profiling
Rugby Coaching
Rugby Conditioning
Monitoring & Recovery
Periodization (Programming & Planning)

Castlebar Rugby Football Club, in association with Connacht Rugby and Mayo Sports Partnership are delighted to host a seminar entitled “Optimising Performance”
The event is free to all, and starts at 18.30 on Monday Feb 11th in Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar.
The event contains a stellar line-up of speakers, and should help any coach or athlete who wants to understand how top performers optimise their performance on a consistent basis.
Andy Friend will give the overview that the Head Coach has, including season objectives and season plans.
Mona McSharry will speak of her superb achievements in her young swimming career so far.
Damien Browne will explain how he motivates himself to push his body and mind in ultimate physical and mental challenges – rowing singlehanded across the Atlantic, and now climbing Seven Summits.
Andy Moran will explain the role of captaincy and the challenges it presents.
Dave Howarth will explain how new skills can be learned and existing skills can be developed.
Colm Tucker will walk the audience through a worked example of how Connacht U18 rugby team won last year’s Interprovincial Championship.
Time permitting, there will be a Questions and Answers session to complete the night.
It promises to be an inspiring event, and all coaches (of all sports), all athletes, and anybody interested in sport is invited.
To register, please email – [email protected]

In another installment of Connacht Rugby’s knowledge sharing programme, Coach Development are delighted to announce a workshop with our Personal Development professional, Aidan O’Flynn.
Aidan is an integral part of the Academy team and works with Coaches and Players on their Mental Preparation and Wellbeing.
During the workshop he will share his knowledge on understanding and communicating with players as well as how Coaches can reflect on their own behaviour and how it influences their team.

The event is specifically for Coaches of Youth (u15 and higher) and Adult teams.
It will take place at The Sportsground, College Road, Galway on Monday the 10th of December at 6pm.
Coaches will also have the option of observing the Talent Squad skills training at 7pm.
To register fill out the below form:

Connacht Rugby Club & Community are now taking bookings for next month’s ProZone: Kicking event at Tuam RFC.
ProZone: Kicking is the first of four events in the ProZone series, which gives teenagers the opportunity to learn position-specific skills by past and present Connacht Rugby players.
On Wednesday December 5th Jack Carty, David Horwitz, Conor Fitzgerald and Eric Elwood will be on hand to offer their expertise to both players and club coaches interested in attending.
Tickets cost €25 per player and €15 per coach and there is very limited availability given the nature of the night, so CLICK HERE TO BOOK!

Last night 25 coaches from across Connacht attended a Position Specific Skills session as part of the Talent Identified Player (TIP) programme
This involves a select group of players that are attending 2nd level education with an opportunity to accelerate their physical & technical development while training in an elite environment.
Coaches who attended availed of a great chance to see some of the best coaches in the province work with upcoming talent. Coaches freely moved between any of the areas of the pitch and observed the Connacht coaches in their work with players in the TIP programme.

The purpose of the NUIG Development Officer position is to deliver activities and programmes to increase participation and competitive success within NUI Galway male and female sections of the University club, with emphasis on the U20 /Fresher’s players. The post holder will encourage participation in rugby in the University at all levels consistent with the NUI Galway sports strategy. The post holder will have reporting responsibility to the NUI Galway Sports Officer and representatives of NUIG Rugby Club and Connacht Rugby.
As highly motivated self- starter, the successful candidate will have;
A Stage 3 IRFU coaching qualification
Track record of coaching Rugby
Competence in Microsoft Office and relevant IT skills/social media.
Possess strong planning and organizational skills
An understanding of third level sport.
A full, clean driving licence and access to a car
Ability to work within a team
Possess good verbal and written communication.
Relevant Stage 4 IRFU coaching qualification
University/3rd level degree/diploma.
Proven track record in sports development and delivery of programs.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday, 19th of November and interviews are being held on Wednesday, 21st of November.
For more information including how to apply, click HERE and scroll to the link at the bottom of the page.


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