Irish Grassroots Football

Changing The Game Project – 29th August 2014

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 our Kids. It is open to parents and coaches involved with youth sports (all codes).

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.  His writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, Soccer America, and The Soccer Wire. John is also a known speaker and coaching educator, working with schools and youth sports organisations, 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 organisations 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.

Talk Details:

  • When: Friday 29th August @7pm
  • Where: Carlton Hotel, Old Airport Road, Cloghran Co. Dublin
  • Cost: Early Bird (Includes Book) €22.50. *For group rates see below
  • General Admission €25

*For Group Bookings (discounts) email or call 087 2183837


John remembers when youth sports was about children competing with other children instead of adults competing with each other through their kids. Listen to John’s powerful talk on TEDx Talks.

To find out more about John’s Project come along on the 29th August and be the change.


Download PDF Information Here > Changing the Game Project- 29th August 2014

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