When 1 in 2 girls drops out of our sport, what can we do? Come to our workshop to find out!

Rowing Ireland will host a 3 hour Coaching Teenage Girls workshop in Shannon RC on Tuesday, June 4th, @ 18:30. We encourage every coach of junior girls to attend.

This will be the first in a series of workshops on this topic to be rolled out in other locations over the next 6 months. The Coaching Teenage Girls in Sport workshop has been developed through a collaboration between Sport Ireland Coaching and their partners and adapted by Rowing Ireland Coach Education.

Workshop Content

The workshop is made up of four main modules:

  1. Drop-out And Engagement in Girls’ Rowing and Physical Activity​.
  2. Meeting the Psycho-Social Needs of Girls in Rowing.
  3. Key Considerations for Coaching Girls 12-17 years – Body image & Maturation​.
  4. Preparing for the Challenges of Adolescence in Girls.

Coach Learning Resources

As well as the workshop, which is delivered by Robin Winkels and Jessica O’Keeffe, both trained Coach Developers, the learning resources provided for each coach consists of:

  • Pre-workshop task: A pre-workshop task to get each coach to think about good coaching practice with teenage girls.
  • Reflective journal: After each section of the workshop each coach gets the opportunity to consider how the content may apply to their coaching.
  • Coach’s manual: This consists of the content of the workshop, allowing the coach to read and review what was covered in each section of the workshop.
  • Let’s Get Real tasks: These are for use post-workshop to support coaches to transfer their learning to their practical coaching, with the girls they coach, in their club environment.

Key Takeaways

The 3-hour workshop provides an excellent start-point. Highly recommended for both male and female coaches, it raises awareness of the challenges for teenage athletes and stimulates increased understanding, inspiration, and action to engage teenagers in rowing.

It is especially valuable for male coaches as they may not have lived experience and particularly seek more knowledge around the physical and emotional impact puberty has on girls in a sporting context. This is particularly difficult for male coaches to grasp without that specific education.

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