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Ahead of the game with Coachworks

Irish Rugby’s fitness education manager Des Ryan, Ulster Rugby’s specialist kicking coach Neil Doak, Kildare senior gaelic football fitness trainer Julie Davis and women’s international soccer coach Alfie Wylie are a few of the high profile sports personalities who will be delivering workshops on this year’s innovative Coachworks programme.

Launched at the training grounds of Ulster Rugby, the well established Coachworks series gives coaches an opportunity to extend their knowledge across a range of topics through practical workshops, led by high calibre tutors.

The annual Coachworks sessions take place in Craigavon and Armagh over alternate nights in January.

The programme will cover hot topics relating to optimal performance and provide ready to use examples for those working with individuals and teams of all ages and abilities.

Coachworks 2011 kicks-off in style on January 17 with current IRFU Fitness Education Manager Des Ryan’s session on “Beginner Strength Training” in the Craigavon Leisure Centre.

The Coachworks programme in Armagh will begin with Suzanne Evans on Tuesday, January 18 in Ardmore Recreation Centre where she will deliver a session on “Small Sided Games for Improved Performance”.

Portadown Rugby Club will be the venue for Neil Doak and former Armagh player Diarmaid Marsden’s session “Kicking Skills” on Monday, January 24 where they will draw upon some tried and tested techniques as well as new innovative kicks employed by Ulster Rugby. Concluding the Coachworks 2011 programme this year is Julie Davis.

Her session will take place in Ardmore Recreation on Thursday, January 27.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about courses that will be available through the programme, which is organised through Armagh Sports Forum and Craigavon Sports Advisory Council, can contact the Sports Development Unit at Craigavon Borough Council on 38 311692, or for the Armagh based courses call the Sports Development Unit on 37 529636.

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