Sports education programme to promote excellence in local sport

What's Your Game Club and Coach Education programme

Published: 1st September 2016

A sports education initiative, which aims to promote excellence in local sports, has been launched by Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Cllr Mary Garrity and NI international footballer, Roy Carroll.

The ‘What’s Your Game?’ Club and Coach Education Programme, organised and funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, provides opportunities for those involved in sport in the district to gain coach education and sports’ governing body qualifications in netball, ultimate Frisbee, futsal, dodgeball, boccia and football.

First aid, safeguarding of children and young people, autism and sports coaching, children’s coaching, and good club governance courses will also be on offer.

Courses that are available on the ‘What’s Your Game?’ Club and Coach Education Programme are required to help junior sports clubs achieve Clubmark NI status – a recognised standard which demonstrates a club has achieved a level of quality in the areas of management, coaching and safety.

The Council has also organised two guest speaker events as part of the programme, where those in attendance will be given a special insight into competitive sport at the highest level. The first guest speaker event will feature NI international Roy Carroll in conversation with football pundit Liam Beckett while the second event will see Tyrone GAA manager, Mickey Harte, in conversation with local sports journalist and GAA enthusiast, Paddy Hunter.

The ‘What’s Your Game’ programme also includes a series of expert master classes in nutrition and strength and conditioning for athletes keen to improve their personal performance. These masterclasses will be delivered in partnership with the North West Coaching Network.

Speaking at the launch of the ‘What’s Your Game?’ programme, Cllr Mary Garrity said:

“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council recognises and appreciates the contribution of our sports clubs, coaches, leaders, teachers and athletes and is pleased to support their development and continuous improvement by investing in the ‘What’s Your Game?’ programme.

The programme is a wonderful opportunity for all those involved in sport to avail of high quality sports training and coaching at a reduced cost. Clubs and organisations also have the opportunity to apply to the Council for grant support to attend the courses available through the programme. If successful, this can help to further reduce the cost to participate and ensure as many people as possible can benefit.”

The ‘What’s Your Game?’ programme and application forms are available from the Council’s website and reception at Omagh Leisure Complex, The Grange and the Public Services Centre, Omagh; Fermanagh Lakeland Forum and the Townhall, Enniskillen; Castle Park Leisure Centre, Lisnaskea, and the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown.

Alternatively contact Billie-Jo Irwin, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 or email billie-jo.irwin@fermanaghomagh.com.

The Council’s Funding and Grants programme opens for applications on Thursday 1 September 2016. Application forms will be available from the Council’s website or by contacting the Council on 0300 303 1777. Applications to the Funding and Grants programme must be submitted by 5 pm, 28 September 2016.

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