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Secondary Schools: Athletics Ireland Assistant Coach

Secondary Schools

Athletics Ireland and Cork Sports Partnership have teamed up to roll out the successful Transition Year Assistant Coach Programme since 2023.  

The aim of the programme is to introduce TY students (Boys, Girls & Mixed) to the Sport of Athletics in a supportive environment. In return for full commitment to the programme, each school will receive an Athletics Ireland Assistant Coach Manual and the opportunity to lead their respective schools first year students in an athletics related event. 

The course includes: basic skills to the beginner coach to help assist a more senior coach in the delivery of coaching sessions to young athletes. It is an introduction to coaching in three key event areas, Running (Sprints and Endurance), Jumping (Long Jump) and Throwing (Shot Putt).

Athletics Ireland Assistant Coach


The content for this course includes;
  • Group coaching skills and identifying ways to make coaching sessions fun
  • Fun and functional warm ups and cool downs
  • Safety in Athletics, including Child Welfare
  • Rules of key events
  • Communicating with young athletes and giving effective feedback.
  • Basic Running skills
  • Basic Long Jump Skills
  • Basic Shot Putt skills


  • Duration: This is a course run over 1 Wednesday (4-5 hours in total)
  • Dates: October 11th & 25th (There will be another course in February 2024)
  • Time: 10am-2pm
  • Venue: To be decided
  • Entry Requirements: The Assistant Coach Course is open to all those 16 years or over.
  • AssessmentQualification: There is no exam.
  • Cost:  €30 per student

Contact Details

Steps involved in the Application Process

Step 1: School registers TY students to participate in the Assistant Coach by completing the programme registration form with Cork Sports Partnership (limit of 35 students).
Step 2: Registration will be acknowledged by Cork Sports Partnership.
Step 3: Successful schools will be contacted by Cork Sports Partnership to confirm acceptance on to the programme and invoiced €30 per participant to take part. Unsuccessful schools will be placed on a
waiting list for future phases of the programme.
Step 4: Following receipt of payment, Cork Sports Partnership will contact all successful schools about
the course training day. The course will be rolled out on 2 Wednesdays (10:00-14:00). Schools will have
the option of the 7th or 14th of October.
Step 5: Each TY student will receive a full day coaching programme run by a qualified instructor. This
programme will also incorporate the school hall athletics training programme into the sessions.
Step 6: TY students will lead athletics sessions for 1st year students on a day of the schools chosen.
Step 7: TY students will be asked to support Cork Athletics Development Officer with the delivery of a
primary school athletics event in March 2021

Application Form
Cork Secondary Schools Athletics Ireland Assistant Coach

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