Keeping Cork Active
Keeping Cork Active

Coaching Children

All too often in the past, programmes offered to children in sport are scaled down versions of adult activity. Coaching was conducted in the main without sufficient regard to the principles of child development. Children’s needs in sport are different to the needs of other populations; therefore the coaches of children need to be equipped with specific knowledge, skills and competencies to fulfil the needs of children.

Children want different things from their sport participation and require different approaches given their stage of development both physically and mentally. And by the way, very few children will ever be elite athletes, but it we get it right at this early stage, a higher proportion of them will be equipped with both movement skills and love of activity, to remain active into their adult years and lead a healthy lifestyle. The stakes are high!

Sport Ireland Coaching 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 and will be covered in detail.

Workshop Details

  • Workshop 1 Online: Coaching Children Successfully in Sport – An Introduction for Coaches
  • Workshop 2 Online: Child-Centred Coaching – Understanding Child Development & Learning and its Impact on How We Coach
  • Workshop 3 Online: Developing Physical Literacy through Sport 1 – Coaching Children to Move
  • Workshop 4 Online: Developing Physical Literacy through Sport 2 – Coaching Children To Think
Private Courses
  • Coaching Children workshops are now available for private delivery
  • Venue to be provided by the club.
  • Minimum numbers are 16, €30pp
  • Certificates of attendance are issued at the end of the course
  • A completed application form needs to be submitted to the Cork Sports Partnership prior to delivery.

Course Details

  • Schedule: 6 Midweek Evenings
  • Time: All 7-9pm
  • Queries or register your interest: Email James at
  • Note: Attendance at all 6 workshops is mandatory for certification


  • €30 for all 6 sessions
  • Participants must be over 18 years old
Expression of Interest Form
for Private Courses

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