21 coaches from across county Sligo representing a range of sports, Martial Arts, Swimming, Kayaking, Boxing, Athletics to name a few, completed the Coaching Ireland – Coaching Children Workshop Series. Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership delivered the series through the Health Ireland project, administrated locally by Sligo County Council. The Certification Presentation evening took place in the Riverside Hotel on 26th March presented on the night included Jude Mannion Senior Staff Officer, Directorate of Community & Economic Development of Sligo County Council representing Healthy Ireland and Maire McCallion Chairperson of SSRP. The 21 coaches who received their certs will be bringing the knowledge they gained through the series back to their clubs and coaching sessions.
“It was a really enjoyable course to be part of and so well delivered. I would gladly say it was one of the best courses I have done” Coach
“I feel all coaches should attend this course. All adults involved with kids should attend as well” Coach
Over the last number of years, Coaching Ireland have being developing a training programme for coaches that work with children, as all too often in the past, programmes offered to children in sport are scaled down versions of adult activity. However, children are not mini adults and their needs in sport are different to the needs of other populations. Children want different things from their sport participation and require different approaches given their different stages of development both physically and mentally. Therefore, the coaches of children need to be equipped with specific knowledge, skills and competencies to fulfil the needs of children.
Coaching Ireland developed the Coaching Children Workshop series. It contains 4 workshops, specifically to provide coaches with a basic understanding of children’s sport and physical activity and best ways to optimise children’s enjoyment, participation and positive outcomes. The concepts of Physical Literacy and Holistic Development run throughout the series of workshops. Each workshop is 3 hours in duration and is a combination of theory and practical learning, with games covering balance, co-ordination, speed & agility and inclusion.
For more information about future courses, contact Theresa Kilgannon, Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership at 0719161511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.