Dr O'Brien to present workshop in Clonakilty

January 30th, 2016 6:00 PM

By Southern Star Team

Workshop: Dr Wesley O'Brien.

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All the info on an important GAA course in Clonakilty this Monday

ALL club coaches are invited to attend Clonakilty Sports Complex (beside convent school) next Monday night, February 1st for a workshop on physical development for club teenage players.

This workshop involves a programme which was designed by Jeff Gomes of the Mardyke Arena for the Cork development squads this winter and is being rolled out across the county at different venues for all club coaches. It will be presented by Dr Wesley O’Brien of UCC, who supervised the implementation of the programme for the development squad players.  

Dr O’Brien, who plays for Carrigaline, was awarded his PhD in youth physical activity promotion by DCU’s School of Health and Human Performance in September 2013. His PhD was entitled the Youth Physical Activity Towards Health (Y-PATH) programme, which gathered information on levels of physical activity, fundamental movement, skills and body-mass index among adolescents in Irish post-primary schools. 

This study was a unique longitudinal pilot exploratory intervention trial describing the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Y-PATH school-based intervention. 

He has previously lectured at the University of Bolton, DCU and Cork IT. Over the past three years, he has lectured in the areas of teaching and learning in physical education, coaching studies, exercise physiology, movement analysis, childhood fundamental movement skills, motor control, outdoor and adventure education, physical activity, nutrition and weight management. 

Wesley completed his B.Ed in sports studies and physical education (1st Hons) in 2010 at UCC. In January 2014, Wesley joined the sports studies and physical education (School of Education) team at UCC and delivers modules across the B.Ed and M.Ed programmes. His main teaching responsibilities lie within the delivery of physical education, sports coaching, movement analysis and exercise prescription modules.Wesley is presently the conditioning and skills coach for the UCC fresher hurling team and also successfully coached the Cork senior camogie team as they won the All-Ireland in 2015.

All club coaches are welcome and will be provided with the content and guidance on implementing the program. Contents will be emailed to participants subsequently. 

To reserve a place you can email [email protected]. Coaches can also register on the night and the fee is €10 per coach. 

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