Having been around many coaches over the last 30 years, I developed a deep believe that the best training and the best drills for any sport must be game related, after all we have heard this phrase a thousand times “we are training for the game this weekend”. But I also recognize that today’s advancements in training aids also bring a lot of improvement to technique, strength and speed, items such as resistance bands, strength & conditioning programmes have improved the quality of our games and players. But I still believe nothing prepares you better for a game of football than training with a ball.
Five years ago I really started to look at GAA football training, I wanted the sessions to have as much ball work as possible but understood that strength work needed to be factored into the session. So the Green Ball was designed for GAA football, a slightly weighted ball, but plays like a standard match ball, I wanted the players to develop strength and play lots of football, as an ameatuer game there are only so many training sessions you can have with your players and when you need to put on a gym session and then a football session your dividing the time you have available. Now with the GreenBall, if you decide to sacrifice a gym session to practice game training you know that each kick pass and hand pass is loaded so strength is being worked on.
So The Green Ball does both.