Sport
Performance Coaching

I help teams and players optimise their abilities through a unique approach to coaching, combining technical, mental and physical elements

Gary Kinsella

My Coaching Services

My experience and qualifications in sport and psychology allow me to offer coaching services with a focus on setting goals, hitting targets and getting results.

My passion and talent for coaching are supported by my understanding and utilisation of effective methods of motivation.

My track record of achieving results inspires confidence in my ability to help athletes fulfil their potential and obtain success.

1-2-1 Coaching

I develop comprehensive training programs tailored to refine the player’s natural skills, helping them play at their best, both individually and as part of a team.

Benefits of 1-2-1 Coaching

Team Coaching

I design and implement group training sessions, developed specifically for the level, ability and aspirations of the team.

Improved team cohesion and communication

Training together helps you play together. As athletes undergo training together, they can help each other overcome obstacles and celebrate successes together.

Before the season even starts, they can learn to lean on each other. They also learn how to communicate with each other. The more time a team spends together, the stronger their relationships and the better they’ll be able to play

Motivating a competitive environment

Just because teammates are working together, doesn’t mean they can’t also push each other. Training as a team can provide greater motivation to meet that next goal, whether it is an individual or team goal.

Many teammates have an urge to outdo each other, even if in the end they want everyone to succeed. Team training gives them a safe environment to take on these competitive attitudes without pushing to the point of injury.

Motivating a competitive environment

Just because teammates are working together, doesn’t mean they can’t also push each other. Training as a team can provide greater motivation to meet that next goal, whether it is an individual or team goal.

Many teammates have an urge to outdo each other, even if in the end they want everyone to succeed. Team training gives them a safe environment to take on these competitive attitudes without pushing to the point of injury.

Increased speed, strength and power

Team training with professional coaches also gives athletes a greater boost in strength, speed and power. Each workout is specially designed for the team’s sport and performance needs, whether it is jumping and landing safely in basketball or building strength in football.

Workouts include both individual and team drills to improve skills needed to win. A sports performance coach also knows how to use team dynamics to boost individual performance. This will include exercises that help a team work together and push each other to be better.

Decreased potential injury rates among athletes

In addition to improving performance, coaches also focus on improving technique and strength to reduce the risk of injuries. Instead of just a few athletes getting this benefit, the entire team will be placed at a lower risk of injury.

A healthy, strong team is far more likely to have a successful season than a team where some members may not be using the right technique or pushing too hard. Team training helps ensure that all players will stay in the game through the year.

Decreased potential injury rates among athletes

In addition to improving performance, coaches also focus on improving technique and strength to reduce the risk of injuries. Instead of just a few athletes getting this benefit, the entire team will be placed at a lower risk of injury.

A healthy, strong team is far more likely to have a successful season than a team where some members may not be using the right technique or pushing too hard. Team training helps ensure that all players will stay in the game through the year.

FAQs

It’s not just elite athletes that benefit from working with a sport performance coach. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding sport performance coaching:

What is a sport performance coach?

A Sport Performance Coach has been described by Stanford Athletics as: “a new breed of uniquely qualified performance coach for the next generation of athletes. Encompassing a greater scope of knowledge in all of the related aspects of performance (movement, recovery & regeneration, nutrition, flexibility, energy system development, strength, evaluation, etc.), this athletic development specialist possesses a totally encompassing and diverse background to assist coaches and athletes with the most innovative, effective and ethical means to help each achieve his/her athletic goals.”

The conception is that these coaches only work with elite athletes, but that isn’t the case. Sport performance coaches work with different levels of athletes, helping them play at their best, both individually and (when applicable) with a team. Effective coaches also work with athletes to develop a series of short-term goals e.g shaving time off a run or swim.

What does a sport performance coach do?

A Sport Performance Coach helps athletes optimise their abilities through a unique approach to training. They combine technical, mental and physical elements that allow them to develop comprehensive plans. For instance, they might focus on improving an athlete’s individual performance or ability to work with their team. Their goal is to refine a player’s natural skills and help them perform well in high-pressure situations.

Sport performance coaches combine physiology, kinesiology, and psychology in their training and often serve as role models, mentors, teachers and leaders. Sport performance coaches may also specialise in risk management, injury prevention and nutrition. In addition to relying on their own expertise, these professionals communicate with specialists like nutritionists and physiotherapists.

Sport performance coach VS sports coach

Sport performance coaches and sports coaches aim to help athletes achieve their goals but use different approaches. Sport performance coaches typically work with individual clients to help them reach personal goals and better collaborate with teammates. While sports coaches can offer individualised advice, they usually manage an entire team. They want all athletes to perform their best so that the team achieves a better standing in its competition.

These professionals also have slightly different training emphases. Even though sports coaches can offer nutrition advice and motivational speeches, they typically focus on the physical aspects of training. They give drills for athletes to complete, correct their performance and lead teams during competitions. A sport performance coach takes a more holistic approach by developing a player’s skill, refining their diet plan and overcoming obstacles that might affect their mindset.

What is performance coaching?

To define performance coaching, first think about what it looks like when we’re performing at our best. Usually, it’s a combination of three factors:

Natural ability
Some of us are born with a gift, and there’s not much we can do to change our innate abilities.

Training and practice
Think of Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours rule. Peak performance requires a high level of skill that can only be achieved through many hours of practice under the guidance of experts.

Mental focus and toughness
Peak performance requires cognitive and emotional strength and resilience. Even high performers sometimes fail to achieve or sustain optimal results because they sabotage themselves with destructive psychological habits.

This is where a performance coach comes in. A performance coach provides the coaching and development to help people kick counterproductive mental habits and build positive thought patterns. This is the performance coaching definition — training the brain not to get in the way of results.

Is a sport performance coach right for me?

Even the most elite athletes meet regularly with their trainers for a tune-up. A performance coach is a proof you’re committed to being the best you can be. If you know you can achieve more and you’re willing to do the work, you’re ready for a sport performance coach.

The process of performance coaching

The best practice in performance coaching is to deliver the skills and techniques that will help an individual to succeed. Performance coaching incorporates many methods, focusing on five key skills:

Relaxation

Unnecessary tension and anxiety interfere with peak performance. The right performance coaching tools will aid in relaxation. Using structured muscle relaxation, deep breathing, meditative techniques, and other practices so the mind can focus on success instead of worry.

Self-talk

Effective coaching techniques such as thought-stopping, positive affirmations, and reframing, help to counter the harmful effects of destructive, self-defeating thought patterns.

Imagery

A visualisation is a powerful tool for focus and mastery. The right performance coaching tips turn your imagination into a means of acquiring skills, preparing mentally, correcting past mistakes, and other goals.

Goal setting

Performance coaching helps you focus on what you need to do right now, rather than aiming only for more distant outcomes.

Concentration

Use performance coaching techniques to eliminate distractions so you can focus both your thoughts and your physical effort on that which is most essential.

About Gary Kinsella

  • Sport performance coach with 10 years’ coaching experience
  • Football coach with Cabinteely FC since 2012
  • Managed and coached teams in DDSL (U9s – U18s) and LSL senior teams
  • Have worked with clubs, schools, colleges, organisations and individuals
  • FAI National D Licence holder and UEFA C Licence candidate
  • Studied Sport Psychology at IADT Dún Laoghaire
  • Up to date Child Safeguarding, First Aid and Garda Vetting
  • Experience running tournaments and camps
  • Coached at FAI Summer Soccer Schools

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Excellent (football) coaching, great sessions. 5 stars.

Ramat, Dublin

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Gary is a fantastic coach. He comes to our home to coach our two young boys and gives them skills to play football. He has a lovely way of teaching them and is very patient. I’d highly recommend Gary.

Samantha, Dublin

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Gary is a very highly regarded and long-serving coach, putting in loads of time with our teams at Cabinteely Football Club, three times a week, hail, rain or shine.

Tim, Cabinteely FC

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+353 86 440 6715
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Dublin, Ireland

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