'Level 1' Coaching Education Course concludes in Donegal Town



The latest 'Level One Coach Education Course' in the north-west region concluded on Sunday at the Abbey  Vocational School in Donegal Town. Sixteen coaches from Sligo and Donegal availed of the opportunity to gain a 'Level 1' qualification and following a four day commitment, 10/11th October in Sligo I.T and 8/9th December in Donegal, successfully moved onto the 'Coaching' ladder.

Two of the club’s officers, Chairman John Cannon and Treasurer Marie Rooney embarked on the course.The final two days of the course was delivered by 'AAI Conaught and North West Regional Developement Officers (R.D.O’s)' Paul McNamara and Eamon Harvey, both who emphasised proper practice and  detailed planning, when delivering athletics programmes to the teenage athlete.


Eamon Harvey, at the conclusion of the course on Sunday evening congratulating and thanking the coaches and emphasised the important role they will play.  "You have a vital and important role to play in the development of our sport going forward. You will introduce and coach athletics at grass roots level, you will have a vital input to the all round development of these  athletes, you will spot new talent, encourage it and at times protect it against social, community and poor athletic  practice. You will be the reason that athletes stay and develop in our sport".


He concluded by detailing the 'AAI coach education ladder' which was developed as part of the association’s coaching strategy and how the pool of coaches was increasing in answer to the ever increasing new generation of athletic talent.


 Early in the New Year, it is hoped that a 'Leader Course' will take place in the North-West.


The following people completed the course receive 'Level1 Packs'


Back L-R: Paul McNamara (Tutor), Marie Rooney (Tír Conaill AC), Tom Thompson
(Finn Valley AC), Ciaran O'Leime (Sl Liag AC), Carl Boyce (Sligo AC), Paul
Donovan (Sl Liag AC), Karl Doherty (Innishowen AC), Michael McKinney (Lifford
AC), Eamon Harvey (Tutor).
Front L-R: Michael Casey (Sligo AC), John Cannon (Tir Conaill AC), Cindy
McCarthy (Sligo AC), Anne McHugh (Sligo AC), John B O'Donnell (Lifford AC), Brian
Killgallon (Sligo AC), Conal McIntyre (Sl Liag AC), Maeve Carr (Sl Liag
AC), Dermot Donovan (Sl liag AC)



The following clubs received 'Level1 Equipment Packs': Finn Valley AC, Sl. Liag AC & Sligo AC