"The professionalism of rugby has increased the importance of continuous player development; Paul MacKinnon has been instrumental in this. The development of thinkTASC is an intriguing step-up in individual performance management that will be a vital aid to continuous improvement in sport and the business of sport."
David Humphreys, Director of Rugby, Ulster Rugby.

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The power of sport in uniting communities.

Paul MacKinnon spoke of the power of sport in uniting communities and bringing cultures together. Paul is the former High Performance Development Manager for New Zealand Rugby and said “The All Blacks normally have five different ethnicities represented in the team, from New Zealand Maori to European, Samoan, Tongan and Fijian, all of whom come from different backgrounds and cultures. Through sport, we all learn to understand and respect each other’s cultures while coming together under the team culture”.

The Sport for Peace Building initiative will build partnerships and create local shared spaces across 6 council areas of Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine, Larne, Limavady and Moyle. The objective is to encourage young people to become fully engaged in activities not normally associated with their community background, whilst using sport as a way to develop understanding of other cultures.

thinkTASC will be playing a critical role in the initiative moving forward with the provision of coaching, coach development and leadership skills to coaches and players who form part of the Under 19 teams at Ballymena RFC and All Saints GAA club in Ballymena. The teams will benefit enormously from the high performance development skills that Paul MacKinnon will be able to share with them.
 

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