Commonwealth Games Head Physiotherapist Simon Harland Confirmed as Annual Coaching Conference Opens for Bookings.
Athletics Northern Ireland's Annual Coaching Conference which will take place on Saturday 29th September at Ulster University, Jordanstown is now open for bookings. This year's coaching conference themed 'Aspiring to Coaching Excellence' will feature a range of experts. Simon Harland who was the lead physiotherapist for Team NI at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast has been confirmed to deliver a keynote presentation and practical session.
Coach Development Lead, Laura Kerr explains "we are delighted to add Simon to our list of established speakers, he brings a wealth of knowledge and applied experience. With almost 20 years' experience in sports Physiotherapy, half of them spent at the highest professional level, Simon Harland is one of Ireland's most respected and highly regarded sports Physiotherapy specialists."
Simon's work with Arsenal FC, the Ireland and Ulster Rugby Teams, Irish Athletics, Sailing and Cricket, as well as his role at the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland, tells its own story of a practitioner at the very top of his game. He has travelled the world with teams and has wide ranging experience in all facets of integrated delivery to performance athletes. Most recently Simon led the physiotherapy team in the Gold Coast and has been a key member of the integrated team supporting Commonwealth Youth High Jump Champion and World Junior Silver Medallist Sommer Lecky (Niall Wilkinson.)
Simon will join a stellar line up for the conference including Olympic High Jump Coach Fuzz Caan, Steve Vernon (Team New Balance- Coach to European Bronze Medallist Ciara Mageean) and Dr Richard McCann (Sport NI Sports Institute Physiologist.)
As we reflect on the successes of Northern Ireland's Athlete-Coach pairs in 2018 and look forward to the transition of more of our talented junior athletes to senior teams in the future, this conference serves as an excellent opportunity for local coaches to come together and immerse themselves in current best practice. The conference will meet the needs of the next generation of coaches, club coaches striving to develop talent and performance coaches working with integrated support teams.
The schedule for the conference is below with further speaker profiles.
9.30am 'Vision for Athletics in Northern Ireland' - J. Newton, T. Reynolds & L. Kerr
10am 'Coaching Communication' - Fuzz Caan
11.45am 'Common Injuries in Athletics & Warning Signs for Coaches - Simon Harland
1.15pm- Coaching Awards
1.30pm - Lunch -Provided by 'Cafe Cuisine'
Transitioning from Athlete to Coach (Steve Vernon)
Practical Injury Prevention Exercises for the Lower Limb (Simon Harland)
Applied Physiology in Athletics (Dr Richard McCann)