STEVEN POACHER: Learn while recharging batteries

IT’S around this time of the year that most coaches are close to finishing off their respective seasons across the province, whether that be with an underage or a senior team. Unless you are involved in the latter stages of championship semi-finals or finals, your season is coming to a close. A lot of coaches […]

Mayobridge boss Poacher hoping for scoring intent against Burren

By Kieran Lynch DOWN’S Senior and Intermediate Championships get underway this weekend, and the fixture administrators have arguably saved the best for last, with Monday night’s clash between Burren and Mayobridge concluding the first-round action. Ahead of the game, Mayobridge manager Steven Poacher spoke to Gaelic Life, and he took the positives out of a […]

STEVEN POACHER: A new era of Gaelic Football

A FEW weeks back, John Harrington of interviewed me for a piece in the All-Ireland semi-final programme. It centered around how Gaelic Football has evolved over the last five years and how the sport is gathering pace both on and off the playing field. There’s S & C, nutrition, GPS, video analysis, performance coaches, transition play, […]

STEVEN POACHER: Start with a pen and paper

I HAVE been asked the same question on numerous occasions recently by people who are getting into coaching for the very first time, particularly at underage level. The question is always ‘have you any advice for me?’ Well, apart from buying yourself some very thick skin and a crash helmet, I always reiterate the same […]

Never too early for games-based approach

THERE is always a lot of debate over what methods to use when coaching young children, particularly those in the very early stages of their development. The debate will rage on what is the best method. Is it the traditional approach to coaching, where a skill is taught, broken down and used at beginner levels […]