Claremorris Sports Coaches complete 10 week training programme

A group of jobseekers mainly from the Claremorris area have just completed a 10 week long specialised sports coaching course which it is hoped will provide them with the tools to coach in the local community or gain some part time employment.  The “Goal to Work” Sports Coach Training Programme which ran for 3 days each week in Claremorris GAA Centre and Claremorris Family Resource Centre allowed trainees to become qualified GAA, Soccer, Rugby and athletics coaches with additional sports modules in child protection, first aid, disability awareness and walking leadership completed. Other modules included IT, communication skills, progression routes and CV preparation. All of which would help participants to identify possible employment or training opportunities after the 10 week programme.

Trainee coaches also honed their skills and coaching in local Claremorris primary schools giving many children some quality participation experiences.

The Caitheoirleach of the Claremorris Municipal District Cllr Tom Connolly presented the newly qualified coaches with their Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme certificates at a presentation held in the Claremorris FRC last Friday.He commended the partners in the programme with the assistance of Sport Ireland and the Dormant Accounts Board in bringing this  programme to the area.

These partners include South West Mayo Development Company, Mayo County Council, Mayo Mental Health, Connacht GAA, Athletics Ireland, FAI, Connacht Rugby and local National Schools where the coaching took place.

 

Originally developed in County Leitrim, under the auspices of the County Development Board, the Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme is now in its 10th  phase having already being rolled out in the Castlebar (twice), Ballina (twice), Ballyhaunis (twice), Erris, Swinford , Westport and now Claremorris.

Over 100 sports coaches / leaders have now received training under the Goal to Work programme and are available to assist communities, sports clubs and schools throughout the county.

Some participants have gained employment as a Sports Co-ordinator under the Rural and Social Services Scheme, others have progressed on to further training and some have gained some part time employment as sports coaches with local schools etc.

Speaking on this issue Catherine Mc Closkey South West Mayo Leader Partnership . said “ Assisting the Sports Leaders / Coaches to find  employment or to progress onto further education or avail of training opportunities is an important outcome for the multi-agency organising committee.”

“The Goal to Work programme has assisted us hugely in our ability to reach out into communities across Mayo. Many coaches assist us in delivering initiatives for all sectors of the population” Sports Co-ordinator for the Mayo Sports Partnership Charlie Lambert added.

To find out more about the programme log on to www.mayosports.ie or contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 email [email protected]

Goal to Work. Sports Coaches completed The Goal to Work Sports Training Programme held in Claremorris in conjunction with Mayo Sports Partnership in GAA, Soccer, Rugby and Athletics receiving their Certificate from Cllr Tom Connolly, Caitheoirleach Claremorris Municipal District. Pictured are front: Ann Conlon, Conlon Training, Jimmy Murphy, Mayo Mental Health, Pat Guigley,Past President FAI, CllrTom Connolly,Caitheoirleach Claremorris Municipal District, Charlie Lambert, Co-Ordinator Mayo Sports Partnership, Anne Marie Carroll, South West Mayo Dev Company and Luke Murphy, Club Support Executive Connaght Rugby. Back: Gavin Foley, Coach Dev Officer Connaught Rugby,,Peter Sarsfield, Gerard McCallig,  Richard Casey, Annette Byrne,Mark Duffy, Ray McNamara, Mayo Sports Partnership and Billy McNicholas, Mayo Gaa Games Manager. Pic: Heverin Print.

Goal to Work.
Sports Coaches completed The Goal to Work Sports Training Programme held in Claremorris in conjunction with Mayo Sports Partnership in GAA, Soccer, Rugby and Athletics receiving their Certificate from Cllr Tom Connolly, Caitheoirleach Claremorris Municipal District. Pictured are front: Ann Conlon, Conlon Training, Jimmy Murphy, Mayo Mental Health, Pat Guigley,Past President FAI, CllrTom Connolly,Caitheoirleach Claremorris Municipal District, Charlie Lambert, Co-Ordinator Mayo Sports Partnership, Anne Marie Carroll, South West Mayo Dev Company and Luke Murphy, Club Support Executive Connaght Rugby. Back: Gavin Foley, Coach Dev Officer Connaught Rugby,,Peter Sarsfield, Gerard McCallig, Richard Casey, Annette Byrne,Mark Duffy, Ray McNamara, Mayo Sports Partnership and Billy McNicholas, Mayo Gaa Games Manager. Pic: Heverin Print.

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