Activ8 Childrens Coach Club
The project aims to further the development of sport-specific club-based volunteer coaches of children through a holistic and structured coach development programme.
The programme includes an initial learning and development opportunity for coaches which focuses on developing the fundamentals of movement, coaching craft and the application of this within sport-specific coaching settings.
On-going mentoring support is key to the programme and each club coach is linked to a mentor experienced in children’s coaching within their sport, this ensures a sustained environment of support for coaches in the integration and development of the concepts within their clubs and a source of continued informal learning.
To achieve this Sport Northern Ireland’s partnership with the three governing bodies of sports involved in the programme, Canoe Association of Northern Ireland, Ulster Council Gaelic Athletic Association and Netball NI, has been essential.
The project offers opportunity for additional needs based learning and development opportunities and the provision of suitable resources Sport Northern Ireland have commissioned an independent evaluation of the three Activ8 pilot projects implemented across Northern Ireland to identify relevant learning points that will inform the subsequent development of the Activ8 projects.