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Coaches supported to reach new levels

30 November 2016
Mid Ulster District Council is investing in the future of sport by launching a brand new coaching education programme at a grass-roots level. 
Its ‘Reaching New Levels’ coaching education programme provides opportunities for coaches, volunteers, leaders and officials to attain additional and/or new qualifications, that benefit individuals, teams, and clubs. 
Recognising that many of those who would be interested are giving of their free time, many of the courses and talks within the programme happen in bite size sessions in the evenings and at weekend and happen across the District from January to March 2017.  
Child Protection and First Aid are two of the most important issues that grass-roots sports development organisations face, and courses available raise awareness of Child Protection issues in sport and introduce participants to the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport. 
A wide range of experts will also give advice on various aspects of performance improvement. 
Long term athletic development and prevention of injury will be addressed by Martin Loughran, currently the lead physiotherapist for Triathlon Ireland and was part of the Team Ireland Science and Medical team at The Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Gareth O’Neill, (Coach G, as he is affectionately known), has worked with athletes from the National Rugby League; International Rugby Union; English Premiership, Football championship and Irish League football; British Motorsport; Provincial, National and International Athletics, Boxing, Golf, Hockey, Racquet sports and Swimming; Senior Inter-county GAA, International Rules football and Disability Sports, and he will be giving attendees the benefit of his experience on the benefits of fluidity of movement within sports activities. 
Performance is closely linked with diet and Dr. Sharon Madigan will link how performance can be improved using the right diet. Sharon is responsible for delivery and aids coordination of nutrition services for elite Irish athletes across a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports. Sharon’s main research interests focus on the interaction between diet and health and diet and sports performance.
The final course will be delivered by Tommy Evans, the international cyclist who represented Ireland for 20 years. Multiple Irish champion and multiple record holder, Tommy was Lead Coach for Cycling Ireland at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is currently the Performance Director of Triathlon Ireland for both the London 20012 and Rio 2016 Olympic games.
This evening is targeted at any athlete or coach involved in an endurance sport that has multiple requirements from endurance, threshold and anaerobic requirements that are required to be repeated intermittently. Tommy will give an insight in how you manage 3 sports with all of the above requirements into one event, looking at more detailed athlete loading and tracking.
For more information on the programme and what’s happening at Cookstown Leisure Centre, Dungannon Leisure Centre, Meadowbank Sports Arena and Mid Ulster Sports Arena, visit www.midulstercouncil.org/coacheducation where you can also download a registration form. 
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