Major Sports Conference comes to IT Sligo

Donegal gaelic footballer Karl Lacey will be a guest contributor at the 11th National Coaching Forum, which takes place at IT Sligo on September 26th & 27th. The four-time allstar will be part on an athlete panel which will speak about the impact of good coaching on their sporting careers on Friday, September 26th in the Knocknarea Arena at IT Sligo.

The Forum which is organised by Coaching Ireland, a unit of the Irish Sports Council, is a two-day event and promises to be the biggest and most extensive gathering of professionals and volunteers  involved in Sport Coaching. The Forum will attract coaches, physical education teachers, sports scientists, National Governing Body personnel and policy makers. Leading National and International presenters will take part in this event titled “Fun to Full Potential – Coaching the whole Athlete”.

It will attract coaches, tutors, sports development officers, physical education teachers, sports scientists and policy makers. Leading National and International presenters will take part in this event titled “Fun to Full Potential – Coaching the Whole Athlete”.
The line-up of speakers includes:

Billy Walsh: Head Coach of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association whose successes to date at European, World and Olympic level are unprecedented in the history of Irish Sport.

Karl Lacey: Four-time All Star and current Donegal Gaelic Footballer will be part of a sports panel discussing the impact of good coaching on their career.

Sergio Lara-Bercial: coached the Great Britain Basketball Team going to five European Championship, is also a consultant for Sports Coach UK and has led the UK Coaching Children Strategy and Children Curriculum.

Richard Bailey: A sports scientist and philosopher has carried out research for many international sporting organisations including Nike Inc, the International Olympic Council and the International Council of Sports Science and Physical Education.

Dr Cian O Neill: Current Head of Department for Sport, Leisure and Childhood at Cork Institute of Technology, a successful fitness coach to Tipperary Hurling team during their 2010 All Ireland winning year. He’s currently the fitness coach of the new All-Ireland football champions, Kerry.

Barry Solan: A renowned strength and conditioning coach who worked with Katie Taylor Gold Medallist at the London Olympics, also involved in the sports of GAA, Rugby, Soccer, Golf and Boxing.

Denise Martin: A Performance Analyst who has provided support to Irish Athletics in preparation for the last two Olympics, the Irish under 20 Rugby Team and various GAA teams, most recently Dublin Hurlers.

Missy Parker: An expert in physical education and the teaching of fundamental motor skills who has designed and implemented a range of school based PE and physical activity programmes and published 14 books to date.

Robin Cregg: Works in the area of coaching and elite sports development at the University of Ulster with vast experience in training and developing coaches from fundamentals to high performance level.

The 2014 National Coaching Forum takes place in the Knocknarea Arena at IT Sligo on Friday September 26th (evening) and Saturday, September 27th,

For more information, visit

Karl Lacey
Helen Quain Coaching Ireland, Donegal gaelic footballer Karl Lacey &  Olivia Sweeney Coaching Ireland.


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