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.
thinkTASC's Paul Mackinnon writes for Ulster Business Magazine.
thinkTASC Director Paul Mackinnon highlights how Northern Ireland business can learn from the All Blacks in an article published in the November edition of Ulster Business. The full article can be accessed by clicking on the 'read more' icon below.
Watch the thinkTASC Rugby Forum Highlights Videos Here.
Interested in finding out a bit more about our recent successful Rugby Forum? We've developed some video edits which provide an insight into what some of our key speakers said at the forum. You can hear about what strategies Mark Anscombe, Tom Frawley, Tommy Bowe, Bryn Cunningham and Paul Mackinnon deploy in order maximise performance in their professional disciplines. The videos can be accessed by clicking on the 'read more' icon below.
Ulster Rugby’s Mark Anscombe and Tommy Bowe share their strategies for maximising performance at thinkTASC’s Rugby Forum.
Ulster Head Coach Mark Anscombe and international rugby star Tommy Bowe gave their insights into how business people can learn from sport and get the most from their teams at thinkTASC’s rugby forum event which was held at the University of Ulster on Wednesday 3rd October.
thinkTASC undertake review of IRFU Provincial Academies High Performance Player Development System.
thinkTASC’s Director, Paul Mackinnon was invited by the IRFU to review academies in the provinces of Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connacht. The aim was to take a detailed look at the existing high performance player development systems in each of the provinces and assess what is working well, what areas could be improved and deliver recommendations on how each provincial academy should move forward in the future.