Cork Youth Development Initiative

Cork Athletics County Board have set up a Youth Development Initiative (CYDI) to support club athletes and their coaches.  CYDI will have a open meeting on the 1pm 14th April, CIT Athletics Track. (provisional date)  Parents/Guardians of Ballincollig AC members born 2003-2006 should contact the club secretary for more info.

Following on from the successful winter coaching series Cork Athletics County Board, with the support of the Munster RDO, Lilly Ann O'Hora, and the Athletics Ireland High Performance Unit, are pleased to announce a new coaching programme the Youth Development Initiative (CYDI).

This programme is aimed at athletes born in 2003 to 2006.


1)    To provide coaching and event peer training groups to aid achievement of qualification standards for EYOF competition in 2019 and 2021 (age dependant).
2)    To provide a pathway to the National High Performance Junior squad

Outline Plan: Year One

Provide information on qualification standards and selection policy, and how they are determined Jacqui Freyne Athletics Ireland High Performance.

To organise workshops around the area of physical development and the young athlete, and its impact on performance. Mary Gleasure BSc SMISCP (Specialist in Sports Medicine, DIP Sports Psychology, DIP Nutrition).

To organise workshops on training pian towards achievement of standards, and to understand competition peaking. AAI HP    

To hold regular coaching sessions in the events with selected athletes

CYDI will be launched on1pm Saturday March 3rd in the CIT. All interested athletes parents and coaches are welcome on that day. Confirmed present will be members of the winter coaching group, Jacqui Frayne and Mary Gleasure.

Event                                       Coach

Hurdles                                   Colette Kelly

High Jump                              Martin O'Sullivan

Shot                                         Dave Frattaroli

Javelin                                     Tom Galvin

Discus/Hammer                      Finbarr McCarthy

Sprints                                     Derek Coffey

Long Jump/Triple Jump         Joe Cusack

Middle Distance/Long Distance         Colette O'Riordan & Frank Hayes

As this is something new for the winter coaching committee, we too are learning.

We have detailed the plan for year one. Year two and three plans are only in the development stage as of yet. These plans will be edited and amended as the year progresses, and as we get feedback from participating athletes, club coaches and parents.

We would like to emphasise that the committee sees the CYDI as a resource and support for the athlete, and does not seek to replace or undermine club coaches who have worked with the athletes up to now.

The regular winter coaching series will not be affected and we plan to continue with those sessions later this year.