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First Session of Cork Athletics Youth Development Initiative - CYDI

Cork Youth Development Initiative (CYDI) - Invitation to Athletes born 2003 - 2006

CIT Track, Bishopstown, Cork

1pm, Saturday March 3rd 2018

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The first meeting of the Cork Youth Development Initiative (CYDI) will take place at 1pm, at CIT Track, on Saturday March 3rd
Meet outside red brick building on the South west side of the Stand

CIT Meeting Rooms

CIT Track Meeting Rooms


Cork Athletics invites all registered Athletes born between 1/1/2003 and 31/12/2006, their parents and coaches to attend the initial session, on March 3rd.  Jacqui Freyne, Phil Kearney, Event Lead Coaches, and members of Cork Athletics County Board Development Committee will be in attendance.


Jacqui Freyne, Performance Development Manager, Athletics Ireland High Performance Division

"I am passionate about skill acquisition, and inspiring the next generation of sport scientists and coaches to apply the core principles of skill acquisition in the development of athletes. A Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, I am committed to excellence and innovation in teaching. My research focuses on developing coaches and athletes, and enhances my practice as a sport scientist and the quality of my teaching."

Dr. Phil Kearney, PhD 

Phil earned his PhD at the University of Limerick under the supervision of Dr PJ Smyth and Dr Ross Anderson. He spent eight years as a lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology at the University of Chichester, UK, specialising in skill acquisition, where he was coordinator of the BSc Sport Science and Coaching programme. Phil returned to the University of Limerick in September 2017. He is also an athletics coach working in the youth participation context. His current research interests lie in exploring the extent to which players and coaches from a range of domains understand and apply core principles of skill acquisition in their practice

Event Coach
Hurdles Colette Kelly
High Jump Martin O'Sullivan
Shot Dave Frattaroli
Javelin Tom Galvin

Finbarr McCarthy

Sprints Derek Coffey
Long Jump/Triple Jump Joe Cusack
Middle Distance/Long Distance Colette O'Riordan & Frank Hayes

Following on from the March 3rd session, a further session will be held later in April. The scheme will then resume in the autumn. There will be no sessions during May or June, due to the demands of competition for the relevant age group, and the state exams in June


Aims of CDYI

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. - Athletics Ireland High Performance   

To hold regular coaching sessions in the events with selected athletes


About Us

Cork Athletics is a constituent member of Athletics Ireland. Cork Athletics is the governing body, administering athletics, track and field (T&F), cross-country (XC) and running in county Cork. The Board comprises elected representatives of constituent athletic clubs and running clubs. Cork County Board AAI organises Championship races and competition, including road, track & field (T&F) and Cross-country (XC), at junior, juvenile, senior and masters levels, and selects representation for the county. In addition, training and education is provided for coaches and officials. The Board also regulates the Athletics Ireland race/event permit (licence) process for county Cork.

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