The aim of the initiative is to bring current best practices and specific information to coaches at a local level that will support them when coaching children and teenagers. Coaches who attend will be provided with specific directed learning on the day of the conference, as well as being signposted to self-directed learning opportunities.
Who are the ICOACHKIDS Regional Coaching Conferences for?
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Phelim Macken, Limerick LSP Coordinator stated: This conference provides an excellent opportunity for coaches, parents and teachers to get a greater understanding on how players and athletes develop in a supportive environment.
The Director of Sport Ireland Coaching, Michael McGeehin, highlights, “This conference is an add-on to what coaches may have learned on their NGB coach education course, where we drill in a little bit deeper into how we ensure that all children and youth sport participants have a good introduction to their sport and a positive experience led by suitably trained coaches leading to a lifelong love of sport and physical activity”.
While the conferences are primarily aimed at coaches, they are also for parents and teachers with an interest in sport. It will be appealing also to teenagers who might have an interest in coaching.
Sergio Lara-Bercial is a Professor of Sport Coaching at Leeds Beckett University (UK) and the Vice-President for Strategy and Development for the International Council for Coaching Excellence.
Nicolette Schipper Van Veldhoven is a Professor of Sport Pedagogy, especially towards a safe sports climate at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands.