The Women’s Coaching Pathway Report Day 1 2022/2023

The Women’s Coaching Pathway Report Day 1 2022/2023


On the 24th of September, The Women’s Coaching Pathway programme kicked off its first session for the 2022/2023 intake.

The Women’s Coaching Pathway is an exciting collaborative programme between Athletics Ireland, Cycling Ireland, Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA), Rowing Ireland and Triathlon Ireland. The programme gives females the opportunity to improve their knowledge, expand their network and develop leadership and coaching skills in a supported, collaborative environment.

The programme launched in 2020 and over the last two years 55 female coaches from Athletics, Rowing, Triathlon, Cycling and Boxing have received support in personal and professional development, mentorship, coach education and co-coaching experience.

This year, we are delighted to have Niamh Richardson (KCH AC), Deirdre Gallagher (Moy Valley AC), Breege Connolly, and Sarah Ledwith (Fr Murphy’s AC) participating in the programme. Jo Hopkins and Eliza Downey delivered an excellent first session with the programme participants with a focus on personal values, decision making, and leadership dynamics.  

The aim of the programme is to assist in the progression of our coaches along the pathway and participants and create a community of practice amongst the coaches from the various NGB’s.

Throughout the programme, participants will have the opportunity to further develop both leadership and team Dynamics, enhance their authentic leadership under pressure, understand how they can lead change, whilst building their network and exploring varying coaching skills.

Athletics Ireland is looking forward to working more closely with our programme participants who clearly demonstrate a desire to progress themselves, their sport and their athletes.

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