Sports Conference: Inspiration the name of the game

Coaches and volunteers who help inspire young athletes to glory are being urged to take the opportunities offered by a Belfast sports conference to make their clubs better and more successful.

The ‘Ahead of the Game’ conference, organised by Belfast City Council,
in partnership with T13 Urban Sports Academy, is taking place at the
Holiday Inn, on Monday 22 October.

Referring to the 2012 Olympics the Chairman of the Parks and Leisure
Committee, Councillor Gerard McCabe, said: “Grassroots coaching and
indeed club sport in particular has been cited by all of the
successful athletes and sportspersons who have excelled in 2012 as the
essential element in developing and nurturing their talent.”

He said coaches and others working at clubs had done much to promote
the success of local athletes at the Olympic Games and urged coaches
to sign up for the conference, which runs from 6pm-9pm and costs £5.00
for each individual, or choose three tickets for the price of two for

Councillor McCabe added: “It is essential therefore that you the club
administrator, coach, volunteer or general helper gain the best
information and support to provide opportunities for young and old to
develop from grassroots to high level sport.

“This conference offers you that, you will be able to meet and discuss
with a range of successful people at workshops how your club can get
even better.”

Among those speaking at the event are Olympic boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlon as well as Northern Ireland team manager, Micheal O’Neill and field hockey player, Stephen Martin.

The conference will look at a range of strategy issues including
funding, organisation, facilities, attracting and retaining athletes
and volunteers.


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