The new Bsc in Sport Studies course is a 3 year level 7 degree programme in TU Dublin Tallaght. The course is designed to meet the needs of coaches and sport professionals and integrates Sport Science, Coaching Science and Sports Administration.
The specific benefit of this new course is the direct entry route, applicants need only apply via online application and interview. The online application is now open on TU Dublin website for entry commencing in September 2020.
This is a great opportunity for students, mature students and anyone with a keen interest in sport. Our current student profile consists of Dublin GAA, Irish Basketball and Soccer players and those from a variety of sporting backgrounds. We also have students who have a high level of interest in Sport on the course who wish to pursue a career in Sport, Health and Exercise performance.
Hockey Ireland is running a second coach education webinar on Monday, May 11th from 19.30. The webinar will be presented by Irish women’s assistant coach Gareth Grundie and Irish international Shirley McCay and will explore the use of Video Analysis as a Coaching Tool. It covers key aspects of how to effectively use video analysis to review performance, analyse opposition and feedback to players.
Their last webinar proved to be extremely popular with many coaches signing up from overseas. Due to demand, some coaches from within Ireland were unable to book a place. For that reason, we decided to give an early ‘heads up’ to our clubs to enable your coaches to book on to the free webinar.
There is an opportunity on the booking form to submit requests around areas that your coaches would like to see covered. We will take these into account so feel free to submit a request here.
The Open University do a large number of Free Courses through their Open Learn platform. They have a very good course : ‘Exploring Sport Coaching and Psychology’. Like ICoachKids it is an interactive course with videos, audio clips and quizzes. There are interviews with world renowned experts, sportspeople and coaches. Really interesting content .
It has a guideline of 24 hours to complete and is broken into 8 sections. It is geared towards coaching children , teenagers and adults. A Statement of Participation is issued on completion. Get started here; however, be aware the portal seems to be slow at the moment when logging on for understandable reasons.
ICoachKids is a EU funded project with some of the leading European experts on children’s sport behind the project and putting the 3 MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) together. The courses are aimed especially at sports clubs and programmes for 5-12 year old children. The 3 courses are:
MOOC 3: Coaching Children, Planning Doing and Reviewing
On completion of each course a certificate is issued via pdf to the participant. It is interactive with videos and quizzes. For your information MOOC 1 is longer in duration than 2 and 3. Also Young Leaders and teenagers that have some time on their hands would benefit from doing these courses.
The programme is funded by Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport Programme. For 2020, the programme will be open to female coaches who are already coaching at or have a desire to coach at performance level. Coaches will work with a team of experienced mentors across a 12-month period with a focus on developing key aspects of performance coaching both on and off the field.