Meath Secondary Schools cross country 17/11/2016 Navan Adventure Sports Centre
Minor Girls 1000m  
1 Doireann Ni Fhlatharta, St Peters Dunboyne  
2 Zoe McEvoy, Scoil Mhuire Trim  
3 Jennifer Nugent, Scoil Mhuire Trim  
1 Scoil


This event will be of interest to coaches, athletes or anyone you know with an interest in Sport in Ireland. Regardless of what sport you are involved in there is much to learn from two of Ireland’s best coaches and one of its best athletes. You might be so kind as to distribute this through your networks s well.


The Pat Duffy Lecture 2016


Optimising the total training environment: the pathway to Olympic success.”


7/12/16 University of Limerick 7.30pm


Coaching Ireland -  Coaching Children Programme




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!


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 and will be covered in detail.




  • Workshop 1:

    Coaching Children Successfully in Sport – An Introduction for Coaches


Key Learning Outcomes


On attendance to the workshop, learners will be able to:


  1. Gain a sound understanding of the first three phases of the LISPA framework (Active Start, FUNdamentals & Learning to Play & Practice)

  2. Identify the key reasons why children take part in sport and why they drop out

  3. Design simple approaches to promote participation and retention and decrease drop-out

  4. Identify and discuss the key benefits of a holistic, multi-skills-based approach to coaching sport for children.

  5. Develop a ‘Child-Proof Sport Checklist’ and personal action plan




  • Workshop 2:

    Child-Centred Coaching – Understanding Child Development & Learning and its Impact on How We Coach


Key Learning Outcomes


On attendance to the workshop, learners will be able to:


  1. Review concepts and learning from workshop 1 and the impact attendance had on their coaching practice.
  2. Explore your coaching philosophy and values
  3. Identify key milestones in human development from 0 to 18 using the SPEC model (Social; Physical; Emotional; Cognitive) and how these impact on coaching practice
  4. Explain basic learning theories and apply them to the design of effective coaching sessions
  5. Identify key coaching skills necessary to maximise children’s outcomes during sessions and self-evaluate against them




  • Workshop 3: 

    Developing Physical Literacy through Sport 1 – Coaching Children to Move


Key Learning Outcomes


On attendance to the workshop, learners will be able to:


  1. Review concepts and learning from workshop 1& 2 and the impact attendance had on their coaching practice.

  2. Identify the basic building blocks of safe and efficient movement (FUNdamentals of Movement) and deliver activities to develop them

  3. Show how the FoM combine to produce basic FUNdamental Movement Skills (FMS)

  4. Observe children moving and pinpoint basic movement flaws and take corrective action




  • Workshop 4:

    Developing Physical Literacy through Sport 2 – Coaching Children to Think


Key Learning Outcomes


On attendance to the workshop, learners will be able to:


  1. Review concepts and learning from workshop 1, 2 and 3 and the impact attendance had on their coaching practice.

  2. Explain basic theories and methodologies of skill acquisition and apply them to their coaching sessions

  3. Identify basic FUNdamental Game Skills (FGS) and apply a games-based approach to their coaching sessions

  4. Design basic games to support the development of FGS

  5. Deliver inclusive and differentiated sessions that cater for a wide range of abilities




For more information please contact Coaching Ireland on 061-202896 or


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To All Clubs,

The Leinster Even Age and Novice Cross Country Championships take place in the New Forest Golf Club, Tyrells Pass, Co. Westmeath on Saturday 29th October starting at 11.40am with non championship u10’s girls and boys races. The Championship programme starts at 12noon with the Girls u12 race.

I will be entering the Meath teams on Thursday for this Championship. From our Meath Championships the first 12 athletes

David Tobin will give a talk on Anti doping in sports and all you need to know about supplements and banned medicines for competing.

This will take place on


See attached details of the Autumn Open International XC event taking place on October 16th at the new XC course at the Sports Campus in Abbotstown Dublin.


This is the first year adding the international element to the senior races and one which we hope to grow over the next few years and also stage at a later date from next year on. The support of all athletes & coaches in making this event a success would be very much appreciated.



Welcome to the fifth Athletics Ireland Endurance Coaches newsletter.

The aim of this newsletter is to increase awareness amongst all endurance coaches in Ireland of all endurance related activities/initiatives and utilize it as a coach upskilling resource.

 Topics in this newsletter include:


St. Brigid's




St. Brigid’s Athletic Club would like to invite your school to participate in the Geraldine Dolan Memorial Cross Country Meet on Tuesday the 4th of October 2016, at our Club Grounds adjacent to the St Brigid’s GFC Pitch. Competition to commence at 11.00 am with events for Minor Boys & Girls up to Senior Boys & Girls.


Order of events below which is aimed at catering for all competitors,

Athletics Ireland is pleased to announce the final details for the 3rd meeting of the Endurance Coaches Network (ECN) on Saturday 1st October at Athlone IT

The theme for this event will be "Endurance Training- Insights into development and high performance athletes programs". The event program will focus on giving coaches’ practical information that they can take away and use to help improve their own coaching practice and will be delivered through plenary presentations and breakout sessions. There will be time for question & answers at all sessions also. If you are a club coach, development coach or a performance coach then this event has something to offer you.

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