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Changing the Game with John O’Sullivan: Friday August 29th 2014
John O’Sullivan is the author of the bestselling book Changing the Game: The Parent’s Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids. He is the Founder of the Changing the Game Project, and his writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, Soccer America, and The Soccer Wire. John is also a nationally known speaker and coaching educator, working with schools and youth sports organizations, as well as speaking at TEDx Bend in 2014. He teaches parents and coaches how to create a player-centered youth sports environment, be better leader for our children, and create model youth sports organizations that put our players first.
John spent nearly three decades as a soccer player and coach at the youth, college and professional level, most recently as the Central Oregon Regional Training Center Director for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer. He holds a USSF A License, USYS National Youth License, and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He is a 1994 graduate of Fordham University and received his Masters degree from the University of Vermont in 2003. He currently resides in Bend, Oregon where the majority of his coaching duties consist of working with his 8 year old daughter Maggie and 7 year old son Tiernan.
Raising Boys with Steve Biddulph: September 5th (Boys) & September 7th (Girls) 2014 ***(CANCELLED)***
Steve Biddulph (Biddulph, 2007) was born in Yorkshire in England in 1955. When he was a young boy, his parents emigrated to Australia seeking out a better life for himself and his sister. He has worked as a psychologist and a family therapist for the last twenty-five years and has written eight books which have sold over four million copies in twenty seven languages. This is despite the fact that no academic qualifications appear on any of his books or on his web site. A particular feature of his books is that he has written extensively about raising boys and manhood. He is one of the few widely read authors to have done so and this is one of the reasons for his popularity.
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Biddulphs website is at www.stevebiddulph.com. Have you heard about him?
- When: Saturday March 8th 2014
- Where: North Dublin Schoolboy League Development Centre – Oscar Traynor Road
- Time: 3.30pm-6pmish
- Limited Early Booker tickets available. €25 on the day
Dan Abrahams is a global sport psychologist with some of the leading turnarounds in Premiership history and a global bestselling book. Dan is a former professional golfer and coach turned sport psychologist specialising in two sports: golf and football. In golf he is Lead Psychologist for England Golf. In football he is a leader in the field.He has delivered to more than a dozen league clubs, to the English Football Association, the British Professional Footballers’ Association, the English League Managers Association, the League Football Education, the Scottish FA and the League Football Trust.
He has held contracts at several Premiership clubs and is sought after by managers across Europe. He has spoken at some of the world’s leading football conferences and has appeared on numerous radio and television segments providing expert comment, and was a studio guest on Sky Sports The Footballers’ Football Show in December 2012.
Dan is most well known for his work in helping several players turn around their careers. For example, he helped Carlton Cole go from forgotten reserve team player to England international in just 18 months. He also helped Anthony Stokes go from just 4 goals in a season and a half to 6 goals in a month, 23 goals in a season and a million pound move to Celtic.
His books have achieved global bestsellers, with his first book, Soccer Tough currently the leading selling soccer coaching book in America.
His passion is to de-mystify football psychology for footballers at every level of the game. His workshops are fun, positive, upbeat and help all footballers develop their mindsets no matter their ability.
On a personal point of view, his book Soccer Brain has completely changed my mindset when addressing the players I coach. Any coach in any sport can use his methods. I highly recommend you attend this workshop.
“How to develop Speed & Acceleration”
Without doubt, one of the greatest concerns among today’s athletes and coaches in all sports is how to improve Speed and Power. The workshop will focus on developing Speed and Acceleration for multi-directional sports, covering the theory, coaching methodology and practical demonstrations. This 1 day workshop is for both coaches and athletes who want to learn how to develop and coach Speed.
When: Saturday December 7th
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Workshop with Mike Antoniades
The Future of Youth Development in Irish Football
|Topic: Future of Youth Development in Irish Football.
Sponsored By JAKO Sports Ireland
Venue: Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Time: Monday March 25th, 2013 6.30pm to 9pmWe will have 4 to 5 speakers discussing the Future of Youth Development in Ireland and how we can learn from abroad.This will be the first of many talks on how coaches, clubs and leagues are coming up with new ways of teaching and developing kids all across Ireland.
See www.thebeautifulgame.ie for more info on Horst and his work shops
Promotional visit from July 22nd to July 25th. Click on link for more info http://www.thecoachdiary.com/?p=2776
Coming Soon, Sporting Club De Portugal!
Amazing facts about Sporting Club De Portugal
- The only club in the world that has developed through the academy two FIFA world players of the year. Luis Figo started in Sporting age 13 and Ronaldo started in Sporting age 12.
- Currently has 7 players in the 1st team which came through the Academy
- 10 other players internally developed are playing for 1st teams
- Transfer out last year over 20million for Joao Moutinho and Miguel Veloso
- 2010/2011 3 new players coming up from the Academy have integrated into the 1st team, Vitor Golas, Cedric Soares and Andre Santos
- Average of 7 players on each Portuguese national teams from u16 to u19 (10 sporting players are currently on Portugal’s u17 national team)
- Since the new academy open in 2002, 24 players from the youth teams integrated in Sporting professional teams
- Since 2002 the Academy have developed more than 100 players currently playing in professional football in Portugal (75) and around Europe (25)
Since 2002 Sporting obtained gains of more than €90m with transfers of players developed in the Academy
2008: UEFA Classified Sporting Academy in the top 3 in the World alongside FC Barcelona and Lyon
2010: Sporting had been awarded with the certification system for quality management, ISO9001 and also received the recognition of the first level of excellence from the European Foundation for quality management. Sporting are the first Academy in Europe to achieve this recognitions.
- Sporting is a recognized as a world leader in Youth Football and Player Development.
- Sporting has 30 Schools in Portugal with over 6,000 kids of which 45 join the full Academy every year.
- NEW Academy to open this year are South Africa and Saudi Arabia. Sporting plan to open Academies in Europe (Ireland) USA, South America, Turkey, China, Macau, Hong Kong, Japan, Sporting will open a School in Toronto in May; Sporting Club Toronto
- The museum situated in stadium of Jose Alvalade has more than 16.000 Cups and Trophies.
Need we say more….Spooooorrrrrting!
Pic. Luis Figo
Champion FC Barcelona Coaching Clinic last Feb 5th & 6th 2013
So F.C. Barcelona methodology is one of the finest in the world and Albert and the Coaches gave us a taste of it at the recent Champion FCBarcelona Coaching Clinic at Carton House
It truly was a memorable experience and we hope you felt the same. It was a fantastic 2 days and apart from the weather we truly enjoyed every part of it from the theory session in the morning to the drills and Q&A in the afternoon. It was great to meet so many like minded coaches and mentors.
I hope you got as much from it as I did!
Albert was a true gent and his interaction and patience with the kids was something special, I think we could all learn a thing or ten from Albert’s way of coaching and how he interacted with the kids.
We hope you enjoyed the day and like us felt it was something very special to have a coach of Albert Benaiges calibre, who not only is an amazing man but has also someone who has nurtured some of the world greatest players. It was fantastic to see how he interacts with kids of all abilities.
I hope the experience has made you realise that winning is not everything and development is what we need to start working on more. Albert said that from u7s to 16s should not be about winning, only about development and teaching the players to be good people.
Benaiges has since moved to Dubai to take up a coaching job with Al Wasl FC who are managed by Diego Maradona
With this is mind, we look forward to bringing Sporting Club De Portugal (Sporting Lisbon) to Ireland soon.