Sports Specific and Generic Coach Education
Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership committed to supporting a quality coaching workforce in County Sligo. The SSRP Coaching Development Programme provides grant assistance to sports clubs/organisations within County Sligo for Club Training Initiatives to support their coaches and club administrators.
This scheme reflects and will contribute to the strategies of Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership and Coaching Ireland. To date, SSRP has supported coach education across a wide and varied range of sporting disciplines.
For further information contact the SSRP office at 9161511 or email email@example.com
Code of Ethics Child Protection Training
Safeguarding 1 – Basic Awareness Workshop in Child Welfare & Protection (a must for anyone working with children)
Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership facilitates Code of Ethics and Good Practice in Children’s Sport courses for the benefit of people working with young people in sport throughout County Sligo. The courses are for the benefit of everyone involved in children’s sport e.g. coaches, parents/guardians, volunteers, sports leaders etc.
By following the principles, policy and practical guidelines contained in the Code, sports leaders are playing their part in providing an enjoyable and safe environment in which children can learn and thrive.
All Coaches, Club Children’s Officers and Designated Liaison Persons must first complete the 3 hour Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course. This course educates participants on the implementation of best practice in protecting the welfare of children involved in sport.
Safeguarding 1 Awareness courses are 3 hours in duration and completed on a single night usually on a week night at a Sligo venue. Certificates of attendance will be issued on the night of the course. A fee of €15 applies per person. Participants must be over 18 years of age.
If you are interested in attending one of these courses or would like more information on what is involved, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding 2 Children’s Officer Course:
A Club Children’s Officer should be child centered in focus and have as the primary aim the establishment of a child centered ethos within the club. S/he is the link between the children and the adults in the club. S/he also takes responsibility for monitoring and reporting to the Club Management Committee on how club policy impacts on young people and Sports Leaders.
A person appointed to the Club Children’s Officer position in a club must have completed the Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness workshop and should complete the NEW Club Children’s Officer 3 hour Training Course. This course will help the Club Children’s Officer to carry out the function of their role in the club and support the implementation of best practice in the club. Participants will also receive a Club Children’s Officer Action Planning document as part of the training.
The Children’s Officer Training course is available to those individuals involved in the role within their clubs and who have previously completed the Safeguarding 1 Awareness course in Code of Ethics and Good Practice in Children’s Sport.The Children’s Officer course lasts three hours. Certificates of attendance will be issued on the last night of the course. A fee of €15 applies person.If you are interested in attending this course or would like more information on what is involved please contact us at email@example.com
Safeguarding 3 – Designated Liaison Person (DLP) Workshop
The third part of Sport Ireland’s Child Welfare & Protection Training Programme is the Designated Liaison Person workshop.
Every club/organisation should designate a person to be responsible for dealing with any concerns about the protection of children. The Designated Liaison Person is responsible for reporting allegations or suspicions of child abuse to TUSLA Child and Family Agency or Social Services (NI) and/or An Garda Siochána / PSNI. It is recommended that this person is a senior club person. However, if there is difficulty identifying a separate individual to take this role, the Club Children’s Officer can be appointed as Designated Liaison Person once the club/organisation is clear about the responsibilities of each role. The organisation’s child protection policy and procedures should include the name and contact details of the Designated Liaison Person and the responsibilities attached to the role.
A person appointed to the Designated Liaison Person position in a club must have completed the Basic Awareness Workshop in Child Welfare & Protection and should complete the NEW Designated Liaison Person 3 hour workshop. A club may appoint the same person to both the CCO and DLP positions however best practice advises that they are kept as separate roles.
Coaching Children Workshop Series
All too often in the past, programmes offered to children in sport are scaled down versions of adult activity. 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 fulfill the needs of children.
Coaching Ireland have developed 4 modules, specifically to provide candidates 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.
The 4 workshops in the series will be taking place in Sligo in annually, keep a watch on our website training page for details of upcoming dates
- The award is designed to provide trained, knowledgeable and enthusiastic community based physical activity leaders
- Leaders will be equipped to work in a wide range of locations including local clubs, community groups, workplaces, community centres and sports’ clubs
- Leaders will aim to increase participation rates in physical activity in a variety of practical ways:
- Encourage a wide range of people, such as friends, colleagues and contacts to take up active leisure pursuits
- Apply their knowledge and skills to plan, organise and lead safe, enjoyable activity sessions with small groups
- Assist in the planning, organising and running of community sports days
At the start of the course, trainee leaders should be:
- Over 18 years
- The total course will be 10 to 12 hours comprising of practical and theoretical units
If your sports group or organisation are interested in a training courses please contact us at 071 9161511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Disability Awareness Through Sport Training
Sligo Sport and Recreation partnership deliver a number of training workshops in the area of Disability Awareness through Sport. These include Disability Inclusion Training which is aimed at Coaches, Volunteers, Teachers/Assistants, Sports Development Officers and anyone working in the provision of sport for people with a disability. The course has both a theory and practical element and will provide attendees with the knowledge and understanding to deliver services, and enhance opportunities to make their particular programmes, facilities and activities more inclusive of people with a disability.
We also deliver Games For All training to students and community groups who wish to volunteer in supporting physical activity programmes aimed at people with disabilities or to make their own programmes more inclusive.