The third of this winter’s Donegal GAA Education Webinar series is this Wednesday night at 7.30 pm and covers “FUNdamentals – Learning to Move and Moving to Learn“. It will be particularly useful to underage coaches for younger age groups and is led by Owen Mooney, who will also be leading the fifth in the Webinair series. The Registration link for the Webinair is:
Owen is currently the Learning and Games Development Coordinator for Dublin GAA and he is a PhD candidate at Leeds Beckett University where his research is on Play in Sport. In his previous roles he was National Coach & Sport Development Coordinator for Special Olympics Ireland; Games Development Officer at the Rockland Gaelic Athletic Association club in New York, USA and before his move to New York, Owen was a Department of Education Physical Literacy Curriculum Coach and Development Officer with Ulster GAA, working with children from 4-8 years and he was seconded to the position of Ulster Ladies Gaelic as Provincial Development Officer.
He has a real passion for learning and has a very keen interest in Child Development and Coach Education and he has started the iCoachKids Podcast in partnership with iCoachKids. He is a vastly experienced coach and development officer having worked with men’s and ladies Gaelic Football teams of all ages, as well as teams in other sports. He has helped over 40 clubs implement their Strategic Plans within the areas of Coaching & Games, Governance, Best Practice, Community Engagement, Marketing, Fundraising and Communications.
As a Coach Developer, Owen has presented at the GAA National Games Development Conference in 2011 and 2019, Guest Speaker in Sport & Society at Mercy College New York in April 2019, Guest Speaker in IT Carlow on Diversity & Inclusion, 2nd and 3rd ICCE iCoachKids International Conferences at Leeds Beckett 2018 and Limerick 2019 respectively, 2017 Rockland Physical Education Teacher Conference in New York, Ulster GAA Coaching & Games Development Conference in 2012 and the UK National Coaching Conference at Ulster University in 2011, as well as a large number of Club Development and County Development workshops, Webinars and Seminars. Owen has been a GAA Coach Developer for over 10 years and has facilitated on a vast amount of Foundation, Award One and Award Two Gaelic Football courses and Coach Development workshops all over Ireland, as well as in England for Hertfordshire & Britain GAA and in the United States.