Coaching Children Workshop

Sport Ireland Coaching have developed their Coaching Children Programme  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 programme consists of 4 workshops and is designed to be interactive and practical. Providing coaches the opportunity to network with other coaches of children.

Sport Ireland Coaching sees these workshops as the first stage of development and hope we can build on these workshops to develop a comprehensive education system for all those involved in children’s sport.

Workshop 1 – Coaching Children Successfully in Sport

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

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

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

  1. Explore your coaching philosophy and values
  2. 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
  3. Explain basic learning theories and apply them to the design of effective coaching sessions
  4. Identify key coaching skills necessary to maximise children’s outcomes during sessions and self-evaluate against them

Workshop 3 – Developing Physical Literacy 1

 Developing Physical Literacy through Sport 1 – Coaching Children to Move

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

  1. Identify the basic building blocks of safe and efficient movement (FUNdamentals of Movement) and deliver activities to develop them
  2. Show how the FoM combine to produce basic FUNdamental Movement Skills (FMS)
  3. Observe children moving and pinpoint basic movement flaws and take corrective action

Workshop 4 – Developing Physical Literacy 2

Developing Physical Literacy through Sport 2 – Coaching Children to Think

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

  1. Explain basic theories and methodologies of skill acquisition and apply them to their coaching sessions
  2. Identify basic FUNdamental Game Skills (FGS) and apply a games-based approach to their coaching sessions
  3. Design basic games to support the development of FGS
  4. Deliver inclusive and differentiated sessions that cater for a wide range of abilities

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