Goal to Work Erris

Are you Unemployed and living in the Erris area?

Do you want a coaching qualification in GAA, Rugby and Soccer so that you can work as a Coach?

“Goal to Work” is an exciting initiative originally piloted in Mayo in 2010 by Mayo County Development Board. The first programme trained 12 jobseekers to become fully qualified soccer coaches and referees with many of those gaining part time employment as a result. “Goal to Work 2” in Ballina and “Goal to Work 3” in Ballyhaunis built on the successful pilot initiative giving participants the opportunity to train at foundation level in Soccer, GAA and Rugby. Each trainee coach delivered coaching in local primary schools in Ballina and Ballyhaunis with the support of FAI County Development Officer Paul Byrne, Mayo Games Manager Billy McNicholas and Domestic Games Manager Connaught IRFU Lyndon Jones.

 Goal to Work 4 specifically targets unemployed males and females living in the Erris area who are  in receipt of a social welfare payment. Participation on this two day week course (over 14 weeks) based in Belmullet will not affect this payment. This sports coach training programme, in addition to the practical elements, will include a classroom based learning component with FETAC accredited modules in IT and Personal Effectiveness. It will also deliver accredited training in Occupational First Aid, Child Protection in Sport, Irish Sports Council Active Leadership and Disability Awareness.  In addition to these accredited modules the programme will also provide information through specialist guest speakers on how to set up and manage your own business, enterprise opportunities, job readiness skills, personal development, building self esteem and self confidence, identification of personal progression options in employment, further education and training. Mayo Job Club will work with trainee coaches to improve their interview performance skills through provision of live interviews that will be digitally recorded with one to one critique of these interviews to enable improved performance at interviews.

Mayo Sports Partnership would like to invite applications from unemployed people in the Erris area who will commit to attending this Goal to Work sports coach training programme for two days a week over fourteen weeks to become a qualified GAA, Soccer and Rugby Coach. The programme will commence in mid / late September and is open to currently unemployed men and women who can see the potential in becoming a part time / full time coach in these sports or in developing their own business. 

According to Mayo Sports Partnerships Director Charlie Lambert the focus of “Goal to Work” will be to tutor people as coaches with the aim of providing them with an option of setting up a business on a self-employed basis at the end of the coaching period, gaining employment or progressing onto further education or training.. It is hoped that the initiative will benefit the Erris area with many of the coaches linking in with local community organisations providing increased physical activity opportunities for all. Another added benefit, according to Charlie will be the availability of an increased database of coaches to work with schools, clubs and youth groups across a number of sports. 

Mayo North East LEADER Partnerships Resource Officer Anne Finn also commented favourably on the outcomes of the programme “ We are delighted once again to be involved in this worthwhile initiative which will progress participants on the road to future employment or training but more importantly will improve peoples quality of life in the Erris area”.

“ This initiative will provide a fantastic opportunity for local people to access quality sports related training programmes which may not be always available” added Pamela Ní Thaidhg Training and Education Officer with Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Goal to Work Erris partners include Mayo Sports Partnership and the Erris Community Health Forum in association with Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Mayo County Development Board, Mayo Mental Health Association, Connacht Rugby (IRFU), the FAI, Mayo GAA, HSE West and the Department of Social Protection. The programme is also supported through the Community Gain Investment Fund.

Places will be limited to twelve trainee coaches.  If you would like further information or an application form please contact Niamh Charlton, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership at 094-9256745 or e-mail [email protected] Application forms can also be downloaded here: or from www.mayonortheast.com or www.mayosports.ie  


Closing date for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 28th August 2013


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