Last week, Offaly Sports Partnership presented participants on its recent community coaching programme for young people with their certfiicates in the Bridge House Hotel Tullamore.
The Community Coaching Programme is focused on assisting people gain employment, coaching, volunteering and further education opportunities in the sports sector for example as coaches, referees, physical activity leaders etc. It provides the participants with practical and theoretical sport-related skills and helps them find relevant work experience in their local community. It also contributes to the promotion of both physical and mental health amongst participants and in the community through the subsequent employment or volunteering work carried out by participants.
This year’s programme focused specifically on young people aged 16 to 23 years. 14 young people completed the programme which consisted of 13 different modules delivered during the summer. Modules included GAA Foundation, FAI Kickstart/PDP 1 ,Tag Rugby, Athletics Coaching, Sports Leader training, Kayak skills, Safeguarding, Disability Inclusion Training, Sports First Aid and AED Training. They also updated their CVs, looked at further education opportunities, attended AIT on a college trip and completed a work experience project. Participants completed their work experience projects at the FAI summer soccer camps, GAA Cúl Camps, youth summer camp in the South Offaly Community and Sports Hub; and on Offaly Sports Partnership projects including its intergration and disability inclusion programmes.
Cathaoirleach Offaly County Council, Cllr Danny Owens, Offaly Sports Partnership’s Chairperson, Miriam O’Callaghan, Cooridnator Eamonn Henry and Sports Inclusion Development Officer / Community Coaching Coordinator, Jean Brady spoke to the community coaches and their guests in attendance on the night. Thanks were extended to tutors from the various sporting organisations who delivered the modules throughout the programme; and to Tullamore Harriers for providing their facilities for porgramme delivery.
Participants were commended on their initiative and commitment in signing up to the programme during the summer holidays. They were also praised on the quality of their coaching and leadership skills demonstrated throughout the work experinece module.
Certificates were presented by Board Members of Offaly Sports Partnership, Cllr Danny Owens, Miriam O’Callaghan, Cllr Declan Harvey and Pippa Hackett who all offered their congratulations to the emerging sports leaders in the county.