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World class coaches confirmed for EACA Conference in Dublin on ‘The Winning Difference’

The European Athletics Coaches Association has announced its strongest ever line up of keynote speakers for the forthcoming 2006 EACA Conference, on the theme ‘The Winning Difference’. The conference is hosted this year by the Athletic Association of Ireland in Dublin and will take place at the prestigious Park Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November.

The keynote speakers draw from many sports and are: Allan McNish, from Formula 1 motor racing; Peter Keen, UK Sport Performance Consultant; Pat Duffy, CEO of sports coach UK; Vadim Zelichenok, Director of the IAAF Regional Development Centre, Moscow and Frank Dick, CBE, EACA President. Brendan Hackett, CEO of the Athletic Association of Ireland commented on the conference speakers, “We are delighted to host such an inviting line up of keynote speakers. The experience that each brings from their sphere of successful coaching provides an opportunity for all coaches to truly learn about the winning difference.”

Allan McNish is a respected Le Mans Grand Prix winner, as well as a Formula 1 driver and this season has led the Audi team to winning the USA Sports Car Championships. He will speak on ‘The Coach as Team Leader and Team Player’. Peter Keen is without doubt one of the world’s finest practitioners and thinkers in elite sport performance direction, harnessing modern technology and science to produce Olympic cycling gold. Now, applying his experience to other Olympic sports, he will speak on ‘Customer Focused Coaching’.

Pat Duffy is one of very few authorities in the world who understands the development and education needs of coaches, to make them more effective in their work as coaches, and will speak on ‘The Coachable Coach’.  The former USSR and Russia are respected world wide for managing the process of selection, development and of maximising the potential of athletes through their growing years, into their peak performance years. Vadim Zelichenok, as a chief coach for USSR and Russia, brings vast experience to his topic of ‘Managing the Coaching Process’.

Over 10 years ago Frank Dick wrote a forward-thinking article for New Studies in Athletics, the IAAF technical journal, titled ‘It is time for coaches to take care of business’. This increasingly relevant topic will be explored in his presentation titled, ‘Professional Attitude to Coaching’. In addition to the keynote speakers, the conference schedule includes workshops where the theme of the conference will be discussed and applied to all the event groups of athletics. These workshops will be facilitated by leading European coaches.

Athletics Ireland

UK Athletics supports the ongoing development of all coaches and has confirmed that UKA coaches attending the EACA Conference will receive 10 renewal credits for their attendance.

With inexpensive flights from the UK, the new Park Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre conveniently situated just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport and with all conference delegates being transported to and from the airport, it is hoped that many UK coaches will take advantage of this opportunity to mingle and exchange ideas with their European counterparts. The conference fee is €160 (EACA members €140) and accommodation is available to coaches at a special conference rate in the hotel, with bed and breakfast at €55 per night based on two sharing, or €100 per night for a single room.

Coaches can obtain further information at the Athletic Association Of Ireland website and by clicking on the EACA logo.

For further information please contact:

Ms Bernie Dunne
Athletics Ireland

Sport HQ

13 Joyce Way

Parkwest Business Park

Dublin 12


Phone: +353 1 6251101

Fax: +353 1 6251102

Email: admin@athleticsireland.ie