GAA Inaugural Researchers Forum


As an opening to the GAA National Coaching Conference, the first Researchers Forum was held at Croke Park. Some of Ireland’s top researchers presented their work covering topics from participation, drop-out rates, high intensity interval training v’s endurance training and I presented on the playing characteristics of Inter-County Football Matches.

The session worked really well with presentations grouped into similar interest areas with a short Q&A after each group. There was also a great turnout with close to 300 people attending on the evening.  The researchers all got together at 6pm that evening and when we saw the size of the room we would be presenting we were a bit afraid we could be talking to ourselves but it really was great to see so many people interested in the research topics. Each presenter had only 5 minutes and while it was hard to do it really kept it moving and the reaction from all the coaches was great.

My Presentation

Liberty Insurance Coaching Development Conference - Friday 10th January 2014

I was presenting on my recently published paper “Team Performance Indicators in Gaelic Football and Opposition Effects”. Basically I was trying to get an overview of the characteristics of an ‘average’ football performance and wanted to examine what (if any) were the main differences between Top and Bottom teams. If you are interested in reading the full paper you can contact me here. Below is the main table of results that I presented on the night. The first column lists the median value for Top Teams when they play Bottom Teams and the Second column is the reverse.

Two other key findings from the paper were;

•Bottom Team performed Better in EVERY Performance Indicator when playing teams of the same standard.
•Top Teams performed better in 9 but WORSE in 2 (% Own Kickouts Won & Shot Efficiency)

Saturdays Conference

TOCA-Stand-Conference-2014The main event was Saturday with close to 700 coaches being present on the day. We were the only Performance Analysis company present on the day and have now been an ever present at the conference since 2004. The day went brilliantly and as always was great to chat to knowledgeable and interested coaches. We also launched a brand-new product.  Stay tuned for the grand unveiling on the site here soon.

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