Disability Sport NI officially launched the Northern Ireland Boccia Performance Centre today in Girdwood Community Belfast with the delivery first camp for athletes selected into the programme.
Elaine Reid, Performance Sport Manager delivered a programme introduction session with the athletes into how Boccia has developed in Northern Ireland over the last number of years and how we see the future of the Sport developing locally. Elaine also briefly gave an overview of the KPI’s and investment secured through Sport NI’s Sporting Winners funding programme.
Boccia Performance Pathway Officer, Odhran Doherty delivered a presentation giving an overview of the training programme for 2017-18 and how it links into UK Boccia’s Performance pathway and a workshop on setting expectations as a Performance Centre Athlete.
Terry Conroy, Active Recreation Officer and Ulster University Jordanstown MSc Sports Psychology student delivered an excellent interactive workshop on Goal setting, managing motivation, behaviours of high performing athletes & mental toughness. The athletes also had an opportunity during Terry’s session to develop some Performance & process goals that they will work on for the next 6-12 months in the Performance Centre.
In the afternoon the action moved to the courts where the athletes undertook some benchmark 9 point LUP tests, which gave the coaches in the programme some excellent data to shape the athletes individual training programmes in the next few months.
Boccia UK Chair John Dowson and Disability Sport NI CEO Kevin O’Neill joined the group also for the afternoon to get an insight into the plans for the programme and have some conversations with staff, athletes, parents and sports assistants.
Queens University Belfast, Physiotherapist and Researcher Dr Claire Kerr also joined the group for the afternoon to meet the athletes and parents. Claire will be working closely with the athletes in future training camps.
All in all a great first camp and lots of learning and knowledge shared.
To find out more or get involved in playing, coaching or volunteering in Boccia programmes within Northern Ireland please contact Odhran Doherty firstname.lastname@example.org or 02890469925.