Council: Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council
Role: Multi-Sports Coach Specialising in Girls Soccer
Gaelic football, Football, Weightlifting
Describe yourself as a coach in three words:
‘A shoelace tier’, ‘a tear wiper’ or ‘Peter Pan Wannabe’. Seriously though I’d like to think of myself as ‘diligent, youthful and motivated’.
What made you want to become an EBA2020 coach?
Sport and fitness from a young age has been a huge part of my life. The physical, social and emotional benefits of sports and physical activity are something that I believe nothing else in the world can offer. To be able to provide this outlet for people, young and old, is something that I have always wanted to do, and is now something that allows me to wake up happy to go to work every day.
What programmes are you involved in with EBA2020?
Amongst various other programmes throughout the year, I am currently involved in the following:
Any highlights from working on EBA2020?
One of my main highlights happened back in April at the Orchard Leisure Centre Strength and Balance programme when I had a gentleman of 96 years of age attend one of my sessions. Being able to coach someone at this age shows that we are never too old to recognise the importance of physical activity.
However my main highlight was in January when after months of persuasion I finally managed to get my dad to attend one of my Men’s Walking Football programmes. Ever since that day he has attended the programme every week. Being able to coach one of the main influences of my life, and the person that first got me into sport is something that I will always cherish and remember.
What advice would you have for anyone wanting to get #BetterFitter?
My five top tips:
Find out about Aaron’s EBA2020 programmes below: