The North West Coaching Network in Action

In 2010 the NW coaching network was established to provide a strategic direction for coaching in the region. Coaching Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland have worked in partnership with local authority sports development teams, local sports partnerships and national governing bodies to design a coaching and club development plan which is reflective of the needs of the NW region.
Impact on the Ground
As well as providing strategic focus, the Network has been proactive in ensuring that success is measured by impact of the ground. In the past 2 and a half years, a number of events, programmes and initiatives have been implemented and delivered. These include:

  • Coaching and Club Audit (Training needs analysis to identify local and regional need)
  • Regional needs based coach education programmes (Local authority programmes based on identified local need)
  • North West Coaching Forum (Dedicated coaching seminar to improve coaches' knowledge and skills)
  • Bespoke coach development programmes (Individual support programmes for a range of regionally based coaches)
  • Coach master-class series (A series of seminars and events from high profile coaches or coach educators)
  • The North West Coaching Weeks (A fortnight specifically focused on the education and development of coaches)
  • COACHMARK initiative (A programme designed to offer quality assurance for the deployment of sports coaches)
  • Implementation of local authority Clubmark scheme (National club development scheme implemented at a local level)
  • Coach mentoring scheme (Mentoring programme established to aid coaches development)

In 2013 the Network aims to conduct an additional coaching audit. This will continue to ensure the priorities and programmes are indicative of the needs of clubs and coaches in the North West region.
'Quality Coaches, Quality Clubs'