None Athletics Ireland, in response to a huge demand in the North West, is offering an Athletic Leader Course on Sat 5th January 2008 in Bundoran,Co Donegal. In September 2006, Athletics Ireland launched a new teacher/pupil/athlete friendly athletics course aimed at teachers/coaches of the five to ten years old child. The content of the course covers the fundamentals of agility, balance and co-ordination, and addresses the needs of basic physical and sports movement and is delivered by the associations Regional Development Officers. The course has already been run successfully, and received enthusiastically, in a number of teacher’s centres, athletics clubs and regional sports centre
Athletic leader focuses on introducing the fundamentals of athletic movement to children. The aim of the Athletic Leader course is to provide teachers/club coaches with the skills and tools to manage and lead an Athletics Program in their school/club. The course is focused on the delivery of practical information and lessons. The content focuses on organising athletics games and activities for young children. It is aimed at those who want to begin teaching/coaching and assisting in their local school or club.
The content for this course includes …
1 group teaching/coaching skills and identify ways to make the teaching/coaching sessions fun
2 The use of Hurdles and obstacles, tumbling, running, jumping throwing and running
3 games to provide fun in developing fitness
4 developing an awareness of the growing child and the implications on fitness activities
5 games to develop speed and reaction, using acceleration and change of direction
6 The ethics of teaching/coaching including topics such as winning vs. involvement and recognising the importance of individual improvement
7 Practical sessions on running and agility, jumping and throwing.
8 Planning a session and a program.
This is a course normally run over 1 day (8 hours) or 2/3 evenings
Athletics Leader is open to all primary school teachers, club leaders, and parents
Assessment/ Qualification There is no examination. The candidate must complete 50 contact hours of teaching/coaching in a club/school
60euro/40 pounds stg — Included in the price for this course is the book “Pacesetter” by George Bunner and the Leader manual, which contains dozens of games and activities for young children.
Download application form here