At Create the Great in You we coach countless groups of students and teachers from primary school to third level education.

We believe an early introduction to cooperation, communication and mental resilience is key to providing children and young adults with a good work ethic. These skills are essential as they progress through the education system whether working on projects alone or in a group setting.

We offer four different programmes that are tailored for students and teachers in all levels of educations;

Team Building & Collaboration Allows students to recognise their own personal skills and how to use them in a group setting. It also provides an understanding that their peers may have a different work-process and this shouldn’t hinder the collaboration of their group.

Mental Strength & Resilience Focuses on improving the students ability to accept set-backs in their work, understand how the issues occurred and,most importantly, conceive solutions.

Mentor Training Identifies the potential leaders and teachers in the class. As a group we discuss what characteristics make a great leader and encourage those who wish to help others.

Finally, Keynote/Motivational Speaker Is a talk by our coaches about their life experiences, the impact of those experiences and how their resilience allowed them to persevere.

To learn more about the programmes we can offer your students and faculty, please click on your desired option.


John Lonergan

Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison

Create the Great in You is an excellent and exciting youth development programme created and developed by Mark McCormack and his team. The programme encourages young people to share their feelings in a safe, caring and supportive environment. Not only does it help them to develop the communication skills and vocabulary to express themselves but it also focuses on the importance of developing empathy by listening attentively to others. Above all, it helps young people to build self-confidence and improve their self-esteem. I believe that good self-confidence is an essential element to open doors of opportunity for young people. Create the Great in You is a wonderful, innovative programme and I highly recommend it to schools, colleges and youth clubs.


Real People, Real Testimonials!

Mark and his team were fantastic! Their stories were truly inspiring. The Junior and Senior students really enjoyed the workshops and discussions. The facilitators pitched the day perfectly. We would highly recommend ‘Create the Great in You’. Thank you!

Walburg Ruane

Guidance Counsellor - St Louis CS, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo

A very worthwhile program to increase self esteem & encourage young people to talk & express their opinions in a safe environment.

Marie Meehan

Year Head - St. Louis Secondary School, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Mark and his team provided a very informative, constructive and interactive workshop with our Transition Year students. The feedback from our students was very positive and I would highly recommend this workshop to all secondary schools.

Joe O’Boyle

Transition Year Co-ordinator -Our Ladies Secondary School, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan  

We had Mark facilitate a personal development program for the first time this year in our school. The students seemed to really enjoy the experience. Mark went over and beyond for the students, catering for their individual needs. I would highly recommend Mark, his energy and enthusiasm for his work is evident.

Catriona Carragher

School Completion Co-ordinator - Inver College, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan

Create the Great in You has enabled our students to develop a creative independent approach to life. The time spent with Mark and the team has been a highlight of our TY year. Through mediums the students can relate to; such as rap and performing arts, they have flourished in finding a sense of self. The opportunity to express themselves and listen to others has helped develop their bond as a group. Create the Great in You is a positive, interactive, reflective initiative and very worthwhile.

Amanda Scully

Transition Year Co-ordinator -O’Carolan College, Nobber, Co. Meath

"It’s been inspiring and helpful. It taught me about other people’s feelings and how to help others."

"I developed a talent that I didn’t know I had which was to write how I feel and make it touch somebody."

"It was a great opportunity to get to know my class better and to understand new perspectives."

"I liked having the time to relax as TY is actually really stressful. I also liked empathising with other people’s stories."


School Testimonials

"I enjoyed listening to others and discovering more about people. I feel like we all have gotten to know each other and understand each other better."

"The workshop was a lot of fun and it was a relief to be able to relax on a Wednesday morning. I got to know people much better than I did. Simon’s show was fantastic and Mark always has a funny story to cheer us up. Thank you for the workshop, we loved it!"

"I thought that Create the Great in You was a really excellent and enjoyable program. It felt like a positive compliment in an extremely negative world."


School Testimonials

‘What I liked about the workshop was how we discussed lots of problems in a safe place where we aren’t judged."

"I enjoyed the program because it made me more confident in speaking out in front of the group and it brought me out of my comfort zone."

"The program allowed me to express my opinion on topics of importance and interest to me but better still it helped me find the answers to questions I hadn’t asked but needed to."


School Testimonials

"The Create the Great in You workshop is a very interesting and engaging workshop. At the start I was hesitant but it really makes you want to participate and enjoy yourself. I would recommend it to everybody."

"This talk really helped me with situations with my anxiety. This talk helped provide me with life skills to deal with it."

"This workshop let me realise that I can become a successful athlete but that it will take time."


School Testimonials

"The Create the Great in You workshop is a very interesting and engaging workshop. At the start I was hesitant but it really makes you want to participate and enjoy yourself. I would recommend it to everybody."

"I think this is a great workshop for teenagers. Really teaches us to pursue what we want in life and not care about being judged and also to talk about how you’re feeling, not letting it build up inside you."


School Testimonials