Level Up Coaching Skills Conference 2023

ByEmma Porter |

Cycling Ireland and Triathlon Ireland have announced a Level Up Coaching Skills Conference which will take place on March 11th at the Sport Ireland Campus. 

The conference is aimed towards coaches of all levels, from participation to high performance, and will focus on skill acquisition through sessions with speakers and discussion and collaboration with coaches from other sports.  

The conference will run from 10 am to 5 pm and will include lunch. Registration will cost €50 for Triathlon Ireland and Cycling Ireland members, and €70 for non-members, including coaches from other federations. 

Confirmed Speakers 

Dr. Phil Kearney – Lecturer in Motor Skill Acquisition, Coaching and Performance at the University of Limerick, Course Director MSc Applied Sports Coaching, Movement and Skill Acquisition Ireland Co-Founder, Athletics Coach. 

Dr. Alan Dunton – Lecturer in Coaching Science at Munster Technological University, PhD in Skill Acquisition, Movement and Skill Acquisition Ireland Co-Founder, High Performance Golf Coach. 

Neill Delahaye – Cycling Ireland Head Coach, nine years experience successfully leading the paracycling programme, Ireland’s most successful high-performance programme at both Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. 

Denise Murphy – Triathlon Ireland Development Officer and Coach Developer, eight years experience in Coach Development, Level 2 Triathlon Coach. 


·       Representative Learning Design along the developmental continuum – Dr. Phil Kearney 

·       Complex practice: How to integrate the technical, tactical rider development characteristics into micro to macro performance planning – Neill Delahaye 

·       Facilitating individual skill development in a group setting (breakout) – Denise Murphy 

·       Supporting the athlete in the high-performance setting (breakout) – Dr. Alan Dunton 

·       Developing the whole skills, why and how perception, decision making and action need and can be integrated into coaching practice? – Dr. Alan Dunton 

·       Practical Session – Pairs of Dr. Alan Dunton/Neill Delahaye and Dr. Phil Kearney/Denise Murphy 


Niamh O’Gorman, Head of Development and Education at Triathlon Ireland said, “We have collaborated with the Cycling Ireland coaching department a number of times over the last 6 years to support each other on programmes and coach development including two successful coaching conferences in 2016 and 2017 so we are delighted to be partnering with Cycling Ireland again to deliver the Level Up coaching conference this year. 

“This year’s conference will bring coaches together to not only engage in discussions around skill acquisition but to share ideas and practices with peers from another sport. This is a great opportunity for Triathlon coaches and we look forward to welcoming them on the 11th of March.” 

Tom Causer, Coach Education Manager, said, “We have four excellent speakers lined up from a range of different backgrounds to share their knowledge on how coaches can help participants develop skills effectively across the disciplines of cycling and triathlon.  We believe that some of the skill acquisition theories and concepts covered by the speakers could provide a different perspective and approaches for many coaches.

“In the afternoon, coaches will get a chance to apply their new knowledge in a supportive and safe environment with peers.  The fundamental role of a coach is the participants learning and improved performance, and we really feel that we have experts in skill acquisition from both the academic and applied coaching worlds.” 

Coaches can find out more and register here.

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