Conán is a Sport & Exercise Science graduate and recipient of both the Coach Education and the Physical Activity & Health Promotion scholarships from the University of Ulster. Having had extensive coaching experience in numerous sports including Soccer, Gaelic, Rugby, Badminton and multi-skills camps, Conán was later employed by the Ulster Sports Academy as the full-time Coach Education Assistant – whilst working closely with the Commercial Development department. He has also worked within the Community Sports unit of the University of Ulster, organising, leading and delivering both summer and residential camps and workshops. With accreditations in Performance Analysis and Strength & Conditioning, he has also recently been appointed as one of two coaches to launch Brazilian Soccer Schools across Northern Ireland. Conán brings a learned background in sporting injuries, nutrition, and athlete psychology on top of his further research in branding and sports management.
Stephen is 22 years old and addicted to sport. A massive Liverpool FC fan who, like all other Reds, finds himself saying “next year will be our year”. Asides from football, Stephen plays Gaelic Football in Ireland, where he has represented his county, Derry, in the All-Ireland Minor and Ulster Under 21 Championship, playing at the national stadium, Croke Park, three times. He has two years experience working in a marketing environment, as a Marketing Communications Assistant, and a Marketing Analyst Executive. After graduating with a degree in Interactive Multimedia Design from the University of Ulster in June 2011, Stephen started the Masters course in Sports Management, also at the University of Ulster, the following year, with ambitions to work in the sports industry. Massive interests in the social media usage in sport, as well as sport technology and sport on the web. In February 2012, Stephen will start a 6 month internship with adidas in Amsterdam, doing Digital Football Marketing.
Having applied his academic trade at the Queen’s University of Belfast in the field of Ancient and Modern History, it would be here where George and his passion for sport would blossom. He went on to represent the Queen’s University Football Team at all levels, most notably in the Irish League Championship. However it wasn’t until he took up the helm as football manager of the Queen’s Fresher’s Football team that he started to see some silverware. In the 2007/2008 season George led his young side to a domestic double winning the Irish Universities League (beating Jordanstown twice along the way, sorry lads) and the All-Ireland Harding Plate. As a result he went on to become manager of the year at the club, a real honour. Since leaving university George has co-ordinated physical activity and sports programmes for various primary schools in the North-West of Ireland and works as an assistant curator for the Derry Heritage and Museum Service. George’s philosophy ‘One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it.’ Knute Rockne.
Ciaran is a 22 year-old law student awaiting graduation from the University of Ulster. He has a particular interest in Sports Law, a topic on which he is currently writing a dissertation, which relates to the legality of FIFA’s Transfer Window in accordance with the doctrine of free movement of workers in EU Law. The protection of players is a topic that Ciaran feels passionately about. Ciaran is currently manager of his university football team, a position which he has held for the past two years. In terms of coaching experience Ciaran has been blessed, having developed many of his own skills through working with esteemed coaches such as Martin McCann (University of Ulster), Stuart Leicester (Manchester United), Richard Hartis (Goalkeeping Coach, Manchester United) and Declan Devine(Derry City). At SC1 Sports, Ciaran spends his time writing about the League of Ireland, a league with which he has had a close attachment from a very young age.