Games Development Conference 2011/12


The GAA Games Development Conference, held on January 14th in Croke Park, saw almost 700 delegates from Ireland and overseas attend the most successful event to date. A range of national and international speakers presented on a series of topics related to the development of teenage players. The Conference, kindly sponsored by Lucozade Sport, was held in association with the complete family of Gaelic games - Camogie, Ladies Gaelic football, Handball and Rounders.

Speakers on the day included Jean Coté – internationally renowned sports scientist, legendary AFL Coach David Parkin, Waterford team doctor Dr Mark Rowe as well as practical coaching demonstrations provided by All-Ireland winning Ladies Football coach Eamonn Ryan (Cork) and former Dublin hurler Paudie O’Neill, both of whom are prominent Coach Education Tutors.

All of the presentations made on the day are available for all delegates, and those that were unable to attend, below. Please note that video footage is also available where link is provided.

Opening Address 

 Opening Address 


Christy Cooney, Úachtarán CLG

Conference Presentations 

Coaching Youth: Meeting the Challenge, Raising our Games 


 Jean Côté, Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queens University, Canada 

Organising Purposeful Games Based Activities


 Brian Cuthbert, Former Manager Cork Minor Football Team

 Fuelling our Development: The reality behind hydration and nutrition


Dr. Giles Warrington, Senior Lecturer, Department of Health and Human Performance, DCU
Dessie Dolan, Senior Footballer, Westmeath 

Coaching Females: Challenges and Opportunities-A Discussion Forum


Eamonn Ryan, Manager, Cork Ladies Gaelic Football Team
Alan Managan, Coach, Westmeath Ladies Gaelic Football Team
Martina Farrell, Dublin Senior Ladies Gaelic Football Team 

A New Understanding on Player Development


Dr Mark Rowe, GP and Doctor to the Waterford Senior Hurling Team

 Organising Purposeful Games Based Activities-A Football Demonstration


Eamonn Ryan, Manager, Cork Ladies Gaelic Football Team

 Organising Purposeful Games Based Activities-A Hurling Demonstration


Paudie O'Neill, Coach, Ballyboden St Enda's, Dublin

 Tools to Support Player Development: Psychological Focus 

 Gerry Hussey, Psychologist to the Irish Olympic Boxing Team

   Developing Coaches: A Lifelong Journey

 Dr. Julia Walsh, Department of Physical Education and Sports Studies, UCC 

 Aligning Club and School 

 Vinnie Walsh, St Colman's College, Claremorris and Coach, Mayo Minor Football Team

 Team Cohesion: Success with Teenage Attitudes

Dr. Gerry Fitzpatrick, Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science, WIT
Dr. Aoife Lane, Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science, WIT

 Supporting the Physical Fitness Development of Teenage Players


Dr. Cian O'Neill, Lecturer, Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Limerick and Coach to Tipperary Senior Hurling Team

 Games Development and the Youth Player


Liam O'Neill, Chair National Games Development Committee

Closing Address 

 Coaching Youth Players: An International Perspective 

David Parkin, AFL Premiership Winning Coach of Hawthorn and Carlton