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Quality coaching is crucial if people are to be introduced to sport properly and are to maximise their full potential.  The Sports Council for Northern Ireland is responsible for establishing the strategic direction for coaching in Northern Ireland. In doing so, the Council works closely with Coaching NI, SportscoachUK and the National Coaching and Training Centre in Limerick, to ensure that coaching development in Northern Ireland meets the needs of sports regardless of whether they are organised on a UK or all Ireland basis.   

The Council is currently considering the implementation of the UK “Vision for Coaching” document and the implications for Northern Ireland of the Coaching Taskforce report which was published in July 2002. 

The main areas of the Sports Council’s work are focused on:  

  • ensuring effective coaching development planning by organisations such as district councils, governing bodies of sport etc;

  • ensuring that the right structures are in place to develop coaching in Northern Ireland;

  • ensuring that organisations work in partnership with each other;

  • ensuring good practice in the identification, recruitment and  management of coaches;

  • ensuring opportunities are available at local and regional levels for the education, training and continuous professional development of coaches;

  • encouraging organisations to reward and recognise the role played by of coaches.

For further information contact [email protected] 



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