Safeguarding 1 – Basic Awareness Workshop in Child Welfare & Protection

This ‘Child Welfare and Protection in Sport’ training is a 3 hour basic awareness course, looking at how we can keep adults and young people safe and happy within the club environment. This course is open to sports leaders, coaches, parents, children’s officers and other adults involved in the organisation of sport for young people. This module will help to create and maintain a safe and fun environment for young people within the sports club or organisation. Attendees must be over 18 years of age. Certificates of attendance are issued on completion of the course. 

















Payment for these courses are now being made online. To pay Click Here. If you are having trouble filling it in here is a how to Guide.

Safeguarding II – Club Children’s Officer Position

The person appointed to the Club Children’s Officer position in a club must have completed safeguarding 1 (Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness workshop) and should complete the NEW Club Children’s Officer 3 hour workshop. This course will help the Club Children’s Officer to carry out the function of their role in the club and support the implementation of best practice in the club. Participants will also receive a Club Children’s Officer Action Planning document as part of the training.





Rescue Emergency Care

The Rescue Emergency Care Course (REC) is designed to provide first aid skills to people working or operating in rural and remote environments. In these situations it can be a significant period of time before help arrives, REC will provide participants with the lifesaving skills, knowledge and confidence to deal with these events in a realistic environment. The course will take place in Kilkenny College over 3 days. €50 per person. 

Sports Specific Coaching Courses

If you would like to progress your coaching skills or gain further technical knowledge in a chosen sport you can undertake sports specific coaching courses arranged by your National Governing Body (NGB) of Sport. Each NGB governs a coach education pathway and organises a number of courses specific to their sport throughout the year which will be detailed on the KRSP website. If your sport would like assistance in arranging a coaching course in Kilkenny, please contact the KRSP offices.

Disability Awareness Coaching

This course is aimed at coaches, clubs, sports development officers, volunteers, sports leaders, youth club leaders, those involved in or with an interest in the inclusion of people with a disability in sports and physical activity. The 2 ½ hour course aims to enable coaches to apply their knowledge and skills when coaching participants with disabilities.

Inclusive Games Workshop

This workshop may be of help for your organisation, club, school etc. This workshop will provide those attending with an opportunity to participate in a variety of games that are suitable for children and adults with disabilities. The tutor will demonstrate a number of games that can be used as warm-ups, cool downs or as part of the main session. Participants will also be shown how to adapt the games to meet the specific needs of those they are working with.

Sports Leaders

The Sports Leaders Award is a starting point for those who wish to develop leadership skills that can be applied to a variety of sporting situations and is aimed at those aged 14 years and over.   The aim of this programme is to help youth leaders gain sufficient confidence and competence to enable them to plan, lead and evaluate safe, effective and enjoyable sessions.

Participants don’t need to be sports stars instead an interest in their chosen activity; a positive attitude and a willingness to volunteer are all that is required.  

  • Participants receive knowledge in     
  • Planning a session
  • Adapting a session to suit age and abilities
  • Organisation and management  
  • Leading a session
  • Evaluating a Session
  • Teaching of skills

Nordic Walking Programme

This is a programme we often run from time to time for interested groups. An experienced leader will guide you through this workshop introducing you to Nordic Walking.  Nordic Walking works your upper and lower body at the same time, strengthening your back and abdominal muscles, legs and arms, and reducing neck and shoulder tension – all the while improving the health of your heart and lungs.  After this 4 week course it is intended that you will get the maximum health benefit from your walk with Nordic Walking Sticks. 

Disability Inclusion Training

It is a theory and practical course that covers terminology, barriers to participation, legislation and guidance and an introduction to disability sports and ways of adapting activities to make them inclusive.

This course has been designed for a range of audiences including National Governing Bodies, Coaches, Volunteers, Teachers/SNA, Administrative staff, Leisure Personal and Sports Development Officers.

Facilitated By:  Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership with the CARA National APA Centre and Coaching Ireland.

Who should attend?:  Sports Coaches, Sport leaders, Parents, Teachers, SNA’s, Volunteers and anyone interested or involved in the provision of Sport and Physical Activity for people with disabilities.

Certification:  On completion of the course all participants will receive a Coaching Ireland/CARA APA Centre award and a course resource pack.

The course can also have a ‘sport Specific’ focus based on demand.

Participants  will:

  • Learn the theory behind Adapted Physical Activity/ Disability sports
  • Experience an Opportunity to participate in new activities
  • Develop their ability to adapt games and activities to include all ability groups

Theory Module includes:

  • Perceptions and experience
  • Disability awareness
  • Barriers and potential solutions to participation
  • An introduction to the inclusion spectrum
  • Where to go for further support and opportunities

Practical Module covers:

  • The principles adapting (Tree Concept)
  • How to adapt activities to include all
  • How to create a strategy for the inclusion of all sports whatever their ability level
  • How to develop fun warm up activities, games and specific sports ideas to ensure coaching methods and delivery style to provide maximum participation from all ability levels.

On completion of the course all participants will receive a Coaching Ireland /CARA APA Centre Certificate of Attendance and a range of course material.
The next course date is : TBC

Local Course Director: Caitríona Corr, Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership,  Tel: (056) 7794991.

Dates of all courses organised are listed in the Calendar of Events Section of this website. Please note: There are limited places available for the courses / workshops and pre booking is essential as it is on a first come first served basis.

Foundation in Cycling Coaching Award – CORE

This one day course is the first level of the Cycling Ireland Coaching Pathway. It is aimed at people new to coaching and those wishing to start on the cycling coaching ladder. The course is made up both of theory and practical elements.  It covers all the basics of cycling coaching and provides you with a good introduction to the principles of coaching and training. The award will give you all of the knowledge and information you need to coach the cyclist at the developmental stages of the cyclist pathway (FUNdamentals and Introduction to Training). Participants have to be over 16 and will be Garda Vetted with Cycling Ireland before they can receive their certificate.

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