How to Become a Coach

We are fully committed to the education and development of coaches through the coaching education pathway.

Coaching is an essential support for athletes allowing them to develop and maximise their athletic ability. The coaching pathway is primarily linked to the athlete's pathway. It offers appropriate training and courses to coaches who wish to work with athletes in the different stages of their development. Below are key steps to becoming a coach.

Join a Club

  • Athletics Ireland has over 350 clubs throughout the country, so join your local club, become a registered member of the Athletics Association of Ireland (AAI).

Go on a Coach Education Course

  • We have developed a Coach Education Programme which is practical and educational.
  • The system is based on the Long Term Athlete Development model supported by Coaching Ireland and the IAAF as the internationally accepted standard for the development of athletes and coaches
  • We currently have 5 levels of coach education. Entry coaching starts at Athletics Leader or Assistant Coach Level.

Start Coaching

  • Attend Child Welfare & Protection in Sport Course.
  • Get yourself Garda Vetted by your club.
  • Start coaching in your local club.
  • Attend Workshops which provide 'stepping stones' between these courses and are joint initiatives between Coaching and Development and the National Event Co-ordinators.


  • As a registered member of Athletics Ireland you are insured to coach other registered members at venues approved by your club.

Please contact for more details on becoming a coach.

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