Well known faces line-out for Davis Col­lege GAA sem­i­nar

The Corkman - - NEWS - BILL BROWNE

A TRIO of lead­ing names from the Cork GAA scene have been lined up to speak at a coach­ing work­shop/sem­i­nar tak­ing place at the Davis Col­lege cam­pus in Mal­low on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 9.

For­mer Cork foot­baller Paudie Kis­sane, now a high per­for­mance coach, will de­liver a talk en­ti­tled ‘ Trans­fer from Train­ing to Games’, while Cork County Board train­ing of­fi­cer Kevin O’Dono­van will talk about ‘ The Big Pic­ture – A Sys­tems Ap­proach to GAA game De­vel­op­ment’.

The fi­nal speaker on the night will be for­mer Cork hurl­ing man­ager, com­men­ta­tor and an­a­lyst Donal O’Grady who will de­liver a speech sim­ply en­ti­tled ‘Some Hurl­ing Fun­da­men­tals.’

The event has been or­gan­ised by Davis Col­lege teacher Pat Bradley, who said Gaelic games hold a very im­por­tant place in the life of the school.

“Davis Col­lege has al­ways placed a strong em­pha­sis on ed­u­cat­ing its stu­dents in the broad­est sense. To help achieve this aim we of­fer a wide range of ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, with sport form­ing a very im­por­tant part of this pro­gramme,” said Mr Bradley.

“The ben­e­fits of be­ing in­volved in sport, such as phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment and fit­ness, so­cial and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and mak­ing friends for life are well recog­nised. The link be­tween phys­i­cal and men­tal well­ness is also to the fore,” he added.

Mr Bradley said that Gaelic games has al­ways held an im­por­tant place at Davis Col­lege, due in no small mea­sure to the very strong GAA tra­di­tions within the com­mu­ni­ties where its stu­dents hail from.

“As such, it is an im­por­tant part of our cul­ture and her­itage and we aim to re­flect this en­ter­ing teams at U-14, U-16 and se­nior level in the county and Munster. This past year alone our se­nior hurlers won the county ti­tle and the foot­ballers also made the county fi­nal, nar­rowly miss­ing out on vic­tory,” he said.

Mr Bradley said that GAA in the school can play a very im­por­tant role in terms of player de­vel­op­ment and com­pli­ment the “ex­cel­lent work” be­ing done by lo­cal clubs.

The Oc­to­ber 9 work­shop/sem­i­nar, which will run from 7pm-9pm, set to ad­dress a num­ber of key top­ics in ad­di­tion to strength­en­ing the links be­tween the school and clubs from the area.

To reg­is­ter for the event, which is free of charge, you can email pbradley@davis­col­lege.ie.

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