Coach education courses

The Sports Development Section organises sports educational and training courses for coaches, volunteers and sports clubs in Ards and North Down.

The 2019/2020 Sports Education programme is now open for registrations. This years programme contains 14 courses in total which will run from September 2019 through to March 2020. Please see course information below to give you an outline and description of the courses included.

To book a place on any of the courses, please download and complete the Leaflet/application form (attached below) before returning it along with any elevant payment to confirm your place.

Payments can be made by contacting Sports Development on 0300 013 3333 – Ext 40326 and paying over the phone or by sending a cheque to:

Sports Development,
Ards and North Down Borough Council,
Londonderry Park,
Portaferry Road,
Newtownards,
BT23 8SG,

Please make Cheques payable to:  “Ards and North Down Borough Council”.

Completed forms should be returned to:

Sports Development,
Londonderry Park,
Portaferry Road,
Newtownards,
BT23 8SG

or Sportsdevelopment@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

Alternatively, payments and bookings may be made in person at the reception of

Londonderry Park,
Portaferry Road,
Newtownards,
BT23 8SG

Please note

  • Fees are non-refundable (unless the course is cancelled).
  • Places are available on a first come first served basis, and we can only guarantee your place once we have received your registration form and payment.
  • Clubs are limited to 2 places per course unless a situation arises in which courses do not sell out, then additional places may be offered.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact the sports development team on 0300 013 3333 – Ext 40326 or email sportsdevelopment@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk.

Course Description
Safeguarding Children & Young people This workshop aims to raise awareness of Child Protection issues in sport and introduces participants to the code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport
Sports Development Funding Workshop Ards and North Down Borough Council recognises the need for Investment into our Sports Clubs and Facilities, in order to improve the quality of provision and sporting experiences for people living within the Borough. This workshop is a great opportunity to raise questions and be informed on what funding is available to Clubs within the Borough.
Good Club Governance

Good Governance is crucial to ensure a vibrant, well-run club uses its resources effectively for the benefit of members and the local community, allowing participants to enjoy sport. Good Governance supports growth and development while managing the risks.

A well-run organisation is attractive to new members, funders and sponsors. This seminar covers the importance of Governance, Club and committee structures, Leadership and effective Board Members and Governance Framework.

SPORTS – Mental Health Awareness training for Sports Leaders The aim of the SPORTS training is to provide clubs with knowledge and awareness of mental health difficulties, offer training opportunities and provide vital service links to encourage early intervention and support. Training will also promote the benefits of participation in sport and physical activities to aid the journey towards recover.
Clubmark Awareness Clubmark NI is a club development and accreditation programme for sports clubs. The programme aims to improve your clubs performance by helping it meet minimum operating standards in the areas of:- Effective Management, Quality Coaching and Competition, Safety in Sport.
First Aid in Sport Qualification The course will equip individuals with the knowledge, skills & confidence to assist and deal with sport injuries/accidents. Course will include both Eipipen and AED training. Participants will receive a first aid manual, personal hygiene kit and St John’s Associate Insurance valid for the duration of the certificate (3yrs).
Designated Safeguarding Children’s Officers This course provides Designated Safeguarding Officer’s further understanding to assist in their role of safeguarding children in sport. For coaches, athletes and volunteers with established credibility and authority within the club.
Sports Nutrition for Performance This unique workshop in Sports Nutrition is designed to offer you the effective approach to working with your athletes to enhance their sports performance through improved and targeted approaches to nutrition. Understanding the rudiments of Sports Nutrition is essential for PT’s/Coaches and sporting individuals in order that they can achieve optimum nutrition for their clients and themselves. Topics include: Macro/Micronutrients, Hydration & Energy Systems.
Functional Conditioning for Sport – Workshop (Mike McGurn) The workshop will introduce participants to Mike’s expertise in incorporating Functional Conditioning for both Athletes and Sports Teams from the grass roots to elite level. The workshop will be both theory and practical based. The practical session will be delivered in the Strength and Conditioning suite at the Bangor Aurora. Mike will introduce participants to training techniques, drills, equipment and cues that could play a part in your/your teams Sports Performance.