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Secondary - Athletics Ireland Assistant Coach

Athletics Ireland and Cork Sports Partnership have teamed up to roll out the successful Transition Year Assistant Coach Programme in 2020/21.  

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).



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)
  • Date: 10th or 24th March 2021
  • Time: 10am-3pm
  • Venue: To be decided
  • Entry Requirements: The Assistant Coach Course is open to all those 16 years or over.
  • Assessment/ Qualification: There is no exam.
  • Cost:  €30 per student - Included in the price for this course is an Athletics Ireland Assistant Coach Manual.
  • Our plan is to deliver this in person, however if circumstances dont allow for this, it will be delivered using blended learning approach. Ie Online & in person at a later date. (2.5 hours zoom + 2.5 hours practical)
  • Programme Outline & Application form: CLICK HERE
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