Leinster Coach Development Officer Declan O’Brien recently graduated from Setanta College with a Hetac Certificate in Fitness and Conditioning for Sport…

There were six modules over a two-year spell each module took four months to complete which was all distance learning.

In all he had to submit three assignments and attend two workshops per module in Tipperary Institute on topics such as fitness and conditioning, functional screening, weightlifting, resistance training, speed development and stamina training.

The qualification is generic across all sports but Declan plans to use the information for the development of the age grade sides within his own work as Coach Development Officer with coaches and with the player development programme.