Welcome to Laois Sports Partnership   Click to listen highlighted text! Welcome to Laois Sports Partnership

Laois Sports Partnership is delighted to launch our Community Coaching Programme 2021.

Running throughout March and April, participants will take part in a range of coach education and training courses certified by Sport Ireland and NGB’s (National Governing Bodies for Sport) – See full details below

The programme is intended for candidates interested in improving their knowledge in coaching children and young people. Some experience or involvement with children and sport is recommended but not essential.

Numbers are strictly limited and pre-booking is required through the followed link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/community-coaching-online-training-programme-marchapril-2021-tickets-141409933919

Training Courses:

The following courses will be delivered as part of the programme:

  • Sport Ireland: Safeguarding 1, Children Protection In Sport
  • Cara: Sports Inclusion & Disability Awareness Workshop
  • Sport Ireland Coaching: Coaching Children Programme
  • FAI PDP 1 (updated Kickstart 1 training)
  • GAA Foundation Level Coaching Courses
  • IRFU Foundation/Youth Coaching Courses
  • Irish Heart Foundation Walking Leader Training (optional)

Additional courses may become available depending on updated Covid 19 public health guidelines.

Participants will also be signposted to other E-Learning training courses and webinars of interest.

Online Workshops

ZOOM: The majority of the training courses will be delivered by tutors online, primarily via the Zoom platform, hosted either by Laois Sports Partnership or the NGB directly.

Login details will be emailed to all participants in advance of the training. Zoom can be downloaded for free to your device from the following link: https://zoom.us/download

If you haven’t used Zoom before, don’t worry. We will explain the basic functions at the start of the workshop.

E-LEARNING PORTALS: Some of the training courses will be delivered via the NGB E-Learning Portal.

The courses will be set up on the portal and participants will be given the links to register and commence their courses.

FACE TO FACE SESSIONS: Some NGB training (eg FAI & IRFU) require a practical demonstration of skills to complete your certification. These sessions will be scheduled after all other online training is completed and only when Covid 19 public health guidelines allow.

Training Schedule:

Training will be delivered on weekday evenings over the months of March and April. Between 1 and 2 courses will be scheduled each week. A full timetable will be sent to participants before starting. Some flexibility may be needed to facilitate training tutors working remotely.

In the event of a course date being changed due to circumstances beyond our control, we will circulate a new session at the earliest opportunity.


It is not possible to register in order to attend one of the training sessions only. If you have a specific training request, – eg for one of the GAA / FAI / IRFU courses only – please email us separately at info@laoissports.ie and we assist with alternative arrangements.

As numbers will be strictly limited, non attendance may result in your place being offered to a person on our waitlist.


Your certificates will be circulated at a virtual presentation ceremony at the end of the programme.

All participants must have completed the Safeguarding 1 Basic Awareness Training in order to be certified for the NGB training courses through FAI, GAA & IRFU.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

We will contact you to confirm your place on the programme. As numbers will be strictly limited a waitlist will be in operation.

Once all of the places have been confirmed we will arrange a Welcome Session to meet the other participants, give you some more detail on each of the courses and answer any questions you may have.

For general enquiries call 057 8671248 during office hours or email info@laoissports.ie.

 Are there ID or minimum age requirements to take part?

Participants must be aged 18 years or older

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