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Irish FA Women's Performance Conference

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National Stadium

Pat Jennings Suite

National Stadium, Donegal Avenue

Belfast

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The Irish FA Women's Performance Department hosts its first conference with some excellent speakers and facilitators.

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The Irish FA Women's Performance Conference will take place for the first time on 24th November 2019. The event will take place at the National Stadium and coaches and volunteers from within the Women's game are invited to attend a morning of educational sessions focusing on a number of key themes. Experts from a number of sports will offer practical and knowledgeable learning for participants.

The event will be hosted by experienced sports broadcaster Nicola McCarthy, who holds over 10 years experience working in sport in sport - across TV, radio and online platforms.

The speakers and facilitators include:

Aine McNamara: Áine's background is in physical education and coaching, and she has worked with young people in a range of sporting environments as an educator, coach and sports psychology consultant. She consults widely with NGBs, schools, and sport organisations supporting the implementation of coach education and talent development pathways.

Áine’s research focuses on talent development processes and youth coaching in sport and other performance domains. She completed her PhD in Talent Development in 2010 and has published over 50 papers and book chapters focusing on psychological characteristics of developing excellence and biopsychosocial perspectives on talent development, as well as co-authoring the book ‘Talent Development: A Practitioners Guide’.

Megan Frazer is an Ireland women's field hockey international. She was a member of the Ireland team that played in the 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup. She has also captained the Ireland team. Frazer was a member of the Maryland Terrapins team that won the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships. Between 2010 and 2012 she was named three times as an NFHCA All-American and in 2011 she also won the Honda Sports Award. Frazer has also won Irish Senior Cup titles with Ulster Elks.Gary Longwell is a former Irish international rugby player. He spent his entire career playing for Irish provincial side Ulster, making his debut aged 19. He was part of the Heineken Cup-winning Ulster team of 1999. Longwell made his debut for the Irish national team on 11 November 2000 in and went on to win 26 caps. He was a part of Ireland's squad at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia. He now works for the Sports institute as a performance skills coach.

Andy Spence has worked in the women's game for 15 years with 14 of those years being spent at Everton Ladies Football Club. His roles have been vast and varied having started as a U14s coach through to being General Manager, Academy Technical Director, Assistant Manager and Head Coach throughout his time. In December 2018 Andy joined the English Football Association as U19s Assistant Coach and is currently in the same role with the WU21s.

Andy has a an extensive record of developing players and has always invested in young players overseeing the development of players such as Nikita Parris, Alex Greenwood and Toni Duggan whilst also coaching Lioness centurions such asFara Williams and Jill Scott. He also brought across N. Ireland's Simone Magill to Everton at the age of 18 helping Simone establish herself within the FA Women's Super League. Andy brings a wealth of experiences across a number of job roles and he is currently completing his LMA Diploma in Football Management as he further develops his skills as a coach and manager.

For more information contact Alfie Wylie: alfie.wylie@irishfa.com

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