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Take The Pledge, 16 Elements in support of your child’s sport.

Aug 29, 14 Take The Pledge, 16 Elements in support of your child’s sport.

Posted by in Irish Grassroots Football

Why not start the season and take the pledge to be more encouraging at your kids match. This way you commit to implementing a healthier and sustainable pathway to success, which falls on the shoulders of everyone involved with Kids Sports – especially Parents. TCD wants to insure that Kids Sport can be enjoyed in a safe and...

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What to say….On Game day!

Aug 21, 14 What to say….On Game day!

Posted by in Psychology

Many parents spend large amounts of times in the car with their kids. In fact in some cases this may be the only time we get to have a 1 to 1 with them. My advice is keep your eyes firmly on the road and whatever comes from your mouth make sure it’s positive and reassuring. Thousands of kids arrive at their game feeling...

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Changing The Game Project – 29th August 2014

Aug 12, 14 Changing The Game Project – 29th August 2014

Posted by in Irish Grassroots Football

On Friday the 29th August, just a day before 11 aside football kicks off in Ireland. John O’Sullivan from Changing The Game Project will be in Dublin to talk to coaches, parents and club administrators about his project. The talk will focus on a Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to...

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New Campaign – Are you ready?

Jul 30, 14 New Campaign – Are you ready?

Posted by in Irish Grassroots Football

With only a month to go before a another season starts, I’m sure you have already experienced the joys of new players arriving and the disappointment of ones leaving. For those at the top level of kids football this time of year can be a very stressful one. Already I have heard of some great coaches who have left the game...

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Project Fun Direction

Jul 25, 14 Project Fun Direction

Posted by in Girls Soccer

Ciaran Duffy a Coach with a dream to get more girls participating in sport in Dublin’s Inner City. Their Mission: In Ireland, for lots of identifiable reasons, many young girls don’t get the opportunity to experience and participate in sport in their own community, where we can set them on the road of a lifetime of...

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Player Welfare (Concussion)

Jul 25, 14 Player Welfare (Concussion)

Posted by in Childrens Health

Now that the World Cup has some to an end FIFA needs to look at the safety of players before 2018. First on the list: an adequate, medically-informed assessment of its procedures concerning head injuries, and not just those of Christoph Kramer and Álvaro Pereira. This is called accountability. It is a basic human concern, and...

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Every Kids Needs A Champion

Jul 25, 14 Every Kids Needs A Champion

Posted by in Irish Grassroots Football

and that Champion is you the coach, the teacher. As Rita Pierson say in this short talk, “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like”.  A teacher who spend her entire life in and around the classroom. Rita F. Pierson died on June 28, 2013, at the age of 61. This is truly an inspiring talk. Why do all the...

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ECA Report on Youth Academies in EUROPE

Jul 17, 14 ECA Report on Youth Academies in EUROPE

Posted by in Academies, Irish Grassroots Football

The ECA which stands for the European Club Association compiled a report on Youth Academies around Europe. 96 clubs from 41 countries were used in gathering the data for the Youth Survey. You can download the full report on ECA website which is ecaeurope.com. I have taken some of the key factors relating to the youth game, no Irish...

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