Connacht Rugby has a number of upcoming coaching courses over the next number of weeks. See below for further information.


Courses TBC

Register for a Senior Coach course HERE

Date/Schedule Location
A course for those coaching the 15-a-side game to newer, less experienced players More info…
November 21st and 28th 2022 Ballina RFC
A course for those coaching the 15-a-side game to newer, less experienced players More info…
25th and 26th November 2022 Galway Bay / Dangan UG

Register for a Youth course HERE

Children’s Coach Courses currently available:

Date/Schedule Location
A course for those coaching Mini rugby to players aged 6 to 12 yrs. The course is a mixture of practical on-field coaching activities and indoor workshops. More info…
November 21st and 28th 2022 Ballina RFC
A course for those coaching Mini rugby to players aged 6 to 12 yrs. The course is a mixture of practical on-field coaching activities and indoor workshops. More info…
9th and 10th December 2022 Creggs RFC

Register for Children’s course HERE

Dr. Jean Côté is professor and Director in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University at Kingston (Canada).
Dr. Côté has published more than 130 refereed papers and delivered 50 keynote address at major national and international conferences in the ares of children in sport, coaching, positive youth development, and sport expertise.
Now, the world-renowned academic will be sharing his expertise with parents, teachers and coaches in Connacht in a seminar entitled “Redefining Success in Coaching”.
The event will examine a dynamic and comprehensive approach to short and long-term Athlete Development. This includes:

  • Research and case studies into the elements that affect athlete development
  • Identification of evidence-based principles for the optimal development of athletes
  • The role of parents, coaches & the club/school in developing better people (not just better players)
  • How to keep children interested in rugby and develop personal assets.

Connacht Rugby are delighted to welcome a speaker of Dr. Côté’s calibre to the West of Ireland and would highly encourage all parents, coaches and teachers to avail of the opportunity to gain some insights.
The event takes place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th March in GMIT and registration costs just €10 which you can complete below.
Please note we are expecting a large crowd so early registration to guarantee entry is recommended.
For further details you can contact our Coach Development Manager Eamonn Molloy at [email protected].

Connacht Rugby will host a Coaching 7’s workshop on Monday 24th February at the Sportsground.
The IRFU’s Head of Coach Education Matt Wilkie will lead attendees through both theory and practical elements of the game.
Wilkie, brings a wealth of experience from his with with the Australian Rugby Union and he has worked very closely with both the Men’s and Women’s National 7’s teams since his arrival in Ireland.
“As 7’s is still in its early stages of growth in Ireland it offers a huge opportunity for coaches. Coaches we send to tournaments with our clubs or provincial teams are immediately under the eye of the national management”, according to Coach Development Manager, Eamonn Molloy.
Coaching 7’s Masterclass
Monday 24th February @ 7pm
Sportsground, Galway

Connacht Rugby would like to invite coaches to an upcoming Positional Specific Skills session which will be held at The Sportsground on Monday November 19th 2018.
This session will be held as part of the Talent Identified Player (TIP) programme. This involves a select group of players that are attending 2nd level education with an opportunity to accelerate their physical & technical development while training in an elite environment.
Coaches who attend will avail of a great chance to see some of the best coaches in the province work with upcoming talent. Coaches can freely move between any of the areas of the pitch and observe the Connacht coaches in their work with players in the TIP programme.
Please note this session is specifically aimed at Stage 3 and Stage 4 coaches.
“As part of our TIP program we run 5 Positional Specific Skills sessions in the season. On these nights, the players also undertake nutrition and Personal Development workshops before taking to the pitch for a one session. The session content is centered around skill development for the position each player plays e.g. Hooker – throwing/ striking, Scrum half – passing/ box kicking etc. it has proved to be very successful over the past 3 years”
Colm Tucker, Connacht Rugby Elite Player Development Coach.
The session will be run by Colm Tucker while Eric Elwood, Mossy Lawler, Ambrose Conboy, Stephen Kerins and Andrew Browne will also be on hand on the night.
The Sportsground, College Road, Galway
Monday November 19th
18:30 Introductions and tea/coffee in the Marquee
19:00 PSS
20:10 Q&A with Colm Tucker
Attendance is FREE and you can register by filling out the form below:

Galway Bay RFC, in conjunction with Galway Sports Partnership have assembled an outstanding cohort of Coaching Expertise for their upcoming seminar at the Ardilaun Hotel.

It is a unique opportunity to learn best practice and modern trends in coaching youth sport.

Connacht Rugby Head Coach, Andy Friend will open the event, fresh off the back of the provinces success in Belfast. Friend is in his first season with Connacht having previously coached the Australian sevens, Brumbies & Harlequins.

Tipperary native Paudie Butler is a former dual player with the county, who went on to become GAA National Director of Hurling. Heralded as a pioneer of child centred coaching in the GAA with an emphasis on the formative years of 4-12, he states, “A child friendly coach is able to put the child at the centre of the process. They are confident enough to withstand the pressure for the sake of the child.”

Ed Coughlan, has worked with coaches of Dublin hurling and Mayo football as well as an array of international athletes. He has transformed the coaching process with many of the teams he has worked with by implementing the findings of his 20 years in skills acquisition. His methods involve combining sports skills, sport science and psychology into the perfect blend where players learn by being empowered by the coaching environment.

For those who wish to attend there is a second part to the day, where Rugby coaches can complete their Affiliate referees course under the tutelage of Pro14 referee, Peter Fitzgibbon. Attendees can attend either or both parts of the day.

To register click HERE and fill out a short form.

What a fantastic end to a very successful programme


Connacht Rugby were recently involved in the facilitation of the Roscommon Sports Partnership, Community Coaching Course. The course ran in association with Sport Ireland, along with funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund. Conor Galvin, Coach Development Officer for Connacht Rugby and Micheal Glennon, Club & Community Regional Officer for Roscommon, delivered the IRFU Stage 1 Rugby Coaching Course as part of the overall programme.


A presentation of certificates to those who successfully completed the Community Coaching Course was held on Tuesday 12th December in the Quad Youth Centre. This is the third year the course has been held in Roscommon. The course has been very successful and this year has been no different.


The programme was open to men and women who wanted to become a part-time or full-time coach/tutor. The aim of the course was to ensure that participants have the skills to coach or tutor in the area of sports and physical activity. This a multi-agency approach with help from the GRETB, Department of Social Protection, FAI, IRFU and GAA.


Sarah Mulligan, Course Coordinator, said “I could not be happier with how things went, the participants all had different strengths and weaknesses, it was brilliant to see them all supporting each other and learning from each other. I feel the course has been really worthwhile for us in Roscommon Sports Partnership as well as for the participants, you can really see a difference in everyone’s coaching skills in addition to an improvement in their organisational skills, communication skills and an increase in their confidence”


The Community Coaching Course consisted of training in Gaelic, Soccer, Rugby, Cycling, Safeguarding, Occupational First Aid, Active Leadership, Disability Inclusion Training, Job Seeking Skills and Personal Development. At the conclusion of the programme, 87 certificates were gained, 6 hours of physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities were delivered, 4 hours at social inclusion events and 16 hours for children aged between 4-12 years old. A total of 169 people received coaching from the participants.


Congratulations to all participants and we wish them every success in their future endeavours.



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Register for “Redefining Success in Coaching with Dr Jean Côté”

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Coaching 7s workshop to take place at the Sportsground

Coaching 7s workshop to take place at the Sportsground

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Stage 3/4 coaches invited to Connacht Positional Specific Skills session

Stage 3/4 coaches invited to Connacht Positional Specific Skills session

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