3/29/2012 5:28:30 PM
ITB (Institute of Technology Blanchardstown) was delighted to present ten of their students from across the province with their 'Certificate in Conditioning for Gaelic Games' in Croke Park just before the double header encounters between Dublin and Tipperary in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A match and Dublin and Donegal in the Allianz Football League Roinn 1 match today.
The 'Certificate in Conditioning for Gaelic Games', an accredited HETAC Level 6 Award, is a one year course currently running only in ITB. The course was originally developed by ITB in partnership with Dublin GAA in 2010. The programme is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts, debates and methodologies in conditioning for Gaelic Games.As part of the course, students complete a Sports Placement Project where they design and implement conditioning programmes in a variety of appropriate environments, produce coaching evaluations, and complete self-analysis utilising a broad spectrum of recording methodologies. 10 students have just completed the course with ITB having their third cohort of 20 students currently studying the course.
Pat O'Connor, Head of School of Business and Humanities, ITB said of the programme, "We are delighted to have worked in partnership with the Dublin County Board in developing and delivering an up to date programme in conditioning for players at all levels in Gaelic Games. We will continue to work with the GAA to develop programmes incorporating the latest techniques in coaching and player development".
Dublin County Board Games Manager Ger O'Connor said that the programme "offers coaches highly practical modules with up to date methods and approaches for those interested in Strength and Conditioning".
ITB and the Dublin County Board would hope to roll out delivery of the programme for the Certificate in Conditioning for Gaelic Games nationally over the coming months. People interesting in taking part in the next programme can register their interest with the coaching department of the Dublin G.A.A. email@example.com