Open Learn

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

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:

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.

Women in Sport

Women in Sport Performance Coach Programme.

Hockey Ireland has launched their Women in Sport Performance Coach Programme designed to encourage and develop more female coaches into performance level coaching.

Full details can be found on this LINK

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.