Barry Watters spent four consecutive summers from 2006 to 2009 at the Cavan GAA Cul camps coaching children aged 5-14 years old. He later graduated in 2011 with a First Class Honours in Sports Science from Dublin City University, where he was also actively involved in the university’s GAA club. Barry’s passion for GAA resulted in a stint working for the Gaelic Athletics Association in the coaching and games development department during his university placement year in 2010. Barry’s role as Games Development Coach for Asia gave him responsibility for promoting and developing Gaelic games in the existing clubs and also in schools in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Vietnam.
Barry went on to spend a year at Cavan GAA, who employed the services of the National Athlete Development Academy (NADA) in 2011-12 to carry out all Athlete/Player development work within the county. Barry worked closely with NADA and Cavan GAA to plan, implement, monitor and review athlete/player development programmes for Cavan GAA Gaelic football teams at Senior, U-21 and all development squads from U-14-U-18.
Early in 2013, he joined the STATSports team as a Sports Scientist and progressed up the ranks with a number of promotions which led him to his current role as Head of Sports Science within the company. Barry will give us an insight into the technology that is being worn by elite athletes and individual sports players around the world to track and analyse performance.