New Games Promotion Officer (GPO) on board.

MARK FITZHARRIS – Game Promotion Officer 2018

Kilcullen GAA are delighted to welcome Mark Fitzharris to the club as Games Promotion Officer in conjunction with Kildare GAA. The Games Promotion Officer role is a new initiative set up by the county board where a select number of clubs work together with one of the county boards Games Promotion Officers where the individual in question will be available to work with the club for up to 8 hours per week. 

 
After several discussion with Mark his initial focus will be to work with our clubs feeder schools, Scoil Bhride NS and Halverstown NS. Discussions are at an early stage as to how both schools can best utilise Mark’s skills. Thereafter we look forward to having Mark on Saturday’s at our juvenile academy where we hope to see him get involved with upskilling our own coaches and bringing in some new and fresh ideas. 
 
Through Kildare GAA Mark is responsible for the implementation of a specific number of Games Development projects. He report’s to the County Development Manager & the Provincial Games Development Manager.
 
His roles include coaching in Primary Schools and providing assistance to all Club mentors by attending training sessions and recommending age appropriate game based drills etc.
 
Relevant Experience & Academic Qualifications:
 
BSc in Strength & Conditioning.
Athletic Performance Coach & Mentor Kildare Gaa .
Lead Performance Coach Sligo Gaa.
Coach Sligo Senior & U21 Footballers.
 
Current Positions:
 
Manager St Kevin’s Senior Footballers.
Mentor & Skills Coach Maynooth University.
Coach Kildare U17s.
 
Playing History:
 
Represented Kildare at Minor, U21, Junior and Senior.
St Kevins from underage through to Senior.
 
“To have Mark involved will be a huge bonus to our underage structure. This appointment is a big commitment by our club and county and I hope over the coming months that all our young members get an opportunity to work with Mark and learn some new skills in a fun environment. It will also be a great opportunity for our existing coaches to upskill and inject some fresh impetus into their own coaching regime.” Mark Phelan (Juvenile Chairperson)  

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