Sligo welcomes all Ireland club final coach for first of workshop series

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As club coaches all around Sligo turn their thinking to the season ahead, they will have the opportunity over the next six weeks to pick the brains of some of the best coaches in the country in a series of coaching workshops being run at the Sligo GAA Centre of Excellence at Scarden.

First up in the series of four events will be a workshop with ex-Derry star forward Conleith Gilligan. Gilligan who won two National Leagues with Derry and an All-Ireland senior club championships with Ballinderry Shamrocks as a player is now a much sought-after coach who just last weekend was on the side-line with Ex Sligo manager Mickey Moran as the attacking coach for Down senior champions Kilcoo as they reached the All-Ireland club final.

In his session which take place next Saturday morning, February 5, Gilligan will be focusing on the development of an attacking plan, creating space and the taking of scores.

That session will be followed two weeks later, on the evening of Monday 21st, by one with Meath senior team coach Colm Nally. The innovative Nally has published a number of coaching guidebooks and hosts his own You Tube channel to share drills and routines. His Sligo workshop will focus on ‘developing skilful players and empowering player involvement in sessions’.

The third session will focus on the needs of goalkeepers and will be led by Roscommon’s goalkeeping coach, Leo Tierney.  Tierney, who has previously worked with both gaelic football and soccer goalkeepers. He has played in goal for Ireland at Junior international level and holds a UEFA Pro coaching licence. His session, on the evening of Monday March 7 will look specially at ‘helping to include goalkeepers in session and improving them technically’.

The final session on the weekend after St Patrick’s Day – Saturday 19th – will feature the celebrated Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath who will be leading a workshop on developing, breaking down and coaching a game plan.

Tickets for each session are available for €15 each are available at where there is also a package ticket of €50 to attend all four.