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London boss Ciaran Deely is shocked by how unwilling GAA coaches are to share ideas and information

London boss Ciaran Deely is shocked by how unwilling GAA coaches are to share ideas and information

LONDON senior football boss Ciarán Deely reckons the GAA remains a “closed shop” when it comes to coaches sharing ideas.

Deely — who is a sports scientist with the Queens Park Rangers academy — says the unwillingness of GAA managers and their staff to information is in stark contrast to professional sports.

Ciaran Deely is shocked by how unwilling GAA coaches are to ideas

The former Wexford footballer has gone against the grain recently by ­posting video clips online of some ­training practices from London sessions — giving fans a glimpse inside the ­workings of a county set-up.

For most bosses — club and county — such openness is the stuff of their ­nightmares.

Deely told SunSport: “It’s such a closed shop in some ways, the Gaelic world. I suppose my eyes got opened when I came over and started working in professional football.

“We’re constantly sharing our work. I’ve gone on club visits to Tottenham, Southampton and others. Then when we are playing away games you are going in and chatting to the coaches and sports scientists there.

Everybody is open

Everybody is really kind of open about sharing work.

“You have people like Des Ryan who is in with Arsenal, a good Galway man, and he is putting out articles as to how they developed their academy, their philosophy and the exercises they do. They are out there for everybody to see.

“By you putting out your work and justifying why you do it, teaching others and helping others, I think it makes you better — a rising tide lifts all boats, it makes everybody better.

“I always find it hard I have to say to understand the GAA world, how closed everything is and how people are so unwilling to information about what they do.”

After being contacted by numerous coaches looking for advice on training programmes and drills, Deely has now decided to launch his DSS Elite Coaching website (www.deelysportscience.com).

He added: “A lot of people were contacting me, younger coaches and sports scientists involved in GAA.

Difficult to interact with

“Some people just contacting me looking for advice on training programmes and drills and games, how to structure some of the stuff that at times I was putting out on Twitter and Facebook.

“It got to the stage that I couldn’t really respond to everybody in full as much as I’d like to. So then I had an idea of, ‘OK, let’s create a website’, it’s called DSS Elite Coaching.”

Deely — who is also hosting a coaching and sport science workshop in Dublin this Saturday — admits it has been hard to strike up connections with other inter-county bosses.

He explained: “It’s so difficult to actually interact with a lot of the senior inter-county set-ups that you don’t even get a knock-back.

“Some of the coaches in Division 4 are open and you could have a chat, others don’t really have any interest.

“At the moment, it’s just not in the ethos, people are afraid to what they do. Ultimately it’s not as if any team is doing anything massively different.

“In the professional football world, obviously Pep Guardiola is not putting out his tactics for the upcoming game against Tottenham or whatever.

“But it’s very easy to learn and find out about the different practices they do, social media shows a lot of aspects of training sessions.

“If you listen to somebody like Roger Federer, after a semi-final win, he will sit down in preparation for a Wimbledon final and openly speak about what he thinks the tactics of his opponent will be for the final.

“He’ll talk about what he did well in that semi-final and what exactly he could have done better.

“He’s so open. Most of them are so open about their own game.

“For me as well, it’s about promoting the games. I suppose the GAA do fantastic work in terms of the children’s development plans from age six to teens.

“But I don’t think there are many resources out there for adult teams, because the senior inter-county teams never show anything, so where do you get your adult drills and stuff like that from? So we’re looking to sort of fill that gap.”