Special launch for coach education programme

Lord Mayor Darryn Causby with Amanda Mogey (second right, Southern Sports Partnership), plus sports development officers, from left, Gillian Dewart, Edel Ferson and Wanda Rea.
Lord Mayor Darryn Causby with Amanda Mogey (second right, Southern Sports Partnership), plus sports development officers, from left, Gillian Dewart, Edel Ferson and Wanda Rea.

A special education and development programme has been launched by the Southern Sports Partnership.

The sports project is designed to offer development opportunities for coaching staff and anyone running a sports club.

The Southern Sports Partnership is a working group which covers two local authority areas - Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council plus Mid-Ulster District Council.

The Partnership vision has been described as “strengthening sporting pathways that exist within the region and beyond”.

A range of Southern Sports Partnership programmes has been created with the focus on “participant pathways and coach and club development”.

The current Coach Education programme includes a mixture of minimum operating standards workshops such as Safeguarding Children and Young People, Designated Officer and First Aid Training.

It also includes sports-specific qualifications such as IFA Level 1 and GAA Award 1, plus courses including the Delivering Engaging Sessions for Young People and Sport NI Club Leaders workshops.

“I am delighted to officially launch the Southern Sports Partnership Coach Education and Club Development Programme 2015-16 within Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council,” said the Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Councillor Darryn Causby. “The Council recognises and values the contribution made by clubs, coaches and administrators in the development of our young athletes and local club structures within the Borough, and the range of workshops on offer will help support this and ensure that clubs within the Borough continue to thrive and excel.”

To download the brochure and application form visit www.southernsports.co.uk.

Alternatively, contact any of the sports development officers.

The launch was supported by the Lord Mayor and the Southern Sports Partnership.