A reminder that Rowing Ireland is running seven Introduction to Coaching Courses in October and November at:

  • Portora Boat Club – 21th October
  • Athlone Boat Club – 29th October
  • Carlow Rowing Club – 4th November
  • Methodist College BC – 11th November
  • Enniskillen Royal Boat Club – 25th November
  • Loughros Point Rowing Club – 25th November
  • Shannon Rowing Club – date TBA

The introductory coaching course is suitable for beginner coaches and parents wanting to get involved with helping in the club. Also, juniors and students aged 16+ with some rowing experience, but no coaching experience, will benefit from this course. At the end of the course, you will be able to assist club coaches on the water and in the gym.

On the course we introduce coaching methods, rowing technique, safety and
welfare awareness, communication, and session planning. The cost for the
course is €80. 

For more details and to register for the course see HERE

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Child Safe in Sport Week

Keeping your Child Safe in Sport is a national, year-round campaign run by the NSPCC Child Protection in Sports Unit. Rowing Ireland are proud to support this campaign which aims to raise awareness of the important role adults, coaches and parents play in keeping children safe and happy in sport.

Alongside the year-round campaign, a focus week takes place during the first week of October to
highlight the campaign and launch new resources and guidance for parents and carers. This focus
week brings to life the campaign messages with stories from parents, young people, and coaches.
As part of the campaign, parents are asked to think and learn about 3 key areas of being involved in
their child’s sport:

Getting involved
From showing an interest in the rules of the game to post-game support and the occasional bit of
cheerleading, we know that children enjoy sport the most when parents are engaged in what they

Being supportive:

The rises and falls of sport and achievement can be an emotional experience for children and it’s
important that the adults around them can support them in a positive way. Negative feedback from
adults can take the enjoyment out of sport for children. Equally, positive feedback can help them
to celebrate success and stay active and engaged with sport.

Keeping children safe:
Understanding the safeguards that should be in place in all sports is vital. All parents and carers
should feel empowered with the knowledge of what makes a sport club safe for their child to enjoy,
how to spot poor practice or abuse and who to turn to if they do have worries about their child or
anyone else in sport.

To celebrate this year’s campaign, the NSPCC CPSU will be launching a brand-new video resource
called “My No.1 Fan” which will feature real families, talking about what positive parental behaviour
and support means to them and how negative behaviour can impact children’s enjoyment of sport.
As well as this new film, the NSPCC CPSU hosts a wealth of resources and information for parents
and carers on their Parents’ Hub, including a free e-learning course on keeping children safer in
sport, videos, podcasts, and factsheets.
To find out more about being your child’s biggest supporter and how to get involved with the
campaign, visit

Rowing Ireland, Cycling Ireland, Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA), Athletics Ireland
and Triathlon Ireland have collaborated to host a Women in Coaching Network event, open
to all females in sport.

For the second year, female coaches from sport are invited to participate in our networking
event which will take place on Saturday 14 th of October at the Clayton Hotel, Liffey
Valley, Dublin.
Following on from our research conducted with DCU with Dr Aine McNamara and Liam
Sweeney, female coaches expressed a desire for a coaching network and coaching
mentorships to facilitate further coach development. As a result, the Women in Coaching
Network event was established.
Over the last five years our NGB’s have built a community with hundreds of women across
sport, all who enjoy connecting in a more intimate and welcoming environment. Therefore, if
you are a female coach in sport, then join us at this year’s Coaching Network Event, where
we will be sharing knowledge, experience & best practice from world class coaches &

Noelle Morrissey has been announced as the first speaker in a line up of world class speakers who will be announced over the coming weeks. She will speak about Long Term Athlete Development which will be of interest to rowing coaches.

The cost of the event is €20, and tea, coffee, snacks and lunch are all included.
Coaches who are interested in attending this event are asked to sign up via the following and QR CODE-
Your Women in Sport Lead will be in touch prior to the day, but if you have any questions
please do not hesitate to contact them. We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Athletics Lilly Ann O’Hora
Boxing Sophie Doolin
Cycling Elaine Cahill
Rowing Lucy Hanrahan
Triathlon Anna Grealish
This event has been funded by the Women in Sport fund from Sport Ireland, a special thank
you to Sport Ireland for the continued support.

A bespoke workshop on the challenges and support strategies for women in menopause and perimenopause will take place this September in a two part series on the 12th and 19th of September from 7pm to 9pm. This workshop is specifically aimed at female coaches and volunteers in clubs, to help them understand and address some of the challenges menopause and perimenopause can have on their participation and what can be done to improve their experience. This workshop is not closed off to other women, so if you are looking to learn or support or are a rower you can also sign up but please be aware spaces are limited to 100 participants and we will prioritise coaches if needed.

Our facilitator is expert menopause coach, Irene Clark of the, Irene is a leading expert in this field in Ireland. She is extremely well qualified in the area and has a depth of knowledge around what is an emerging topic in terms of the science behind it and she has some excellent tips on how to support yourself to feel better. Below are some of the topics that will be covered:

How to train as a Midlife Woman:

  • Answering the big question ‘why does exercise feel so hard’
  • Making exercise choices – how do different types of training benefit you or feel really hard – Why is this?
  • Training for a race – the differences between a traditional training plan and one in Menopause
  • Why have I slowed down so much & how do I get faster now?
  • What strength training really is (and isn’t)
  • The importance of recovery
  • Why am I always injured?
  • What an exercise week looks like now compared to pre menopause

Nutrition – How best to support ourselves.

  • Understanding body shape changes/weight gain
  • Joining the dots between menopause, exercise, nutrition, recovery & cortisol – Why am I doing everything ‘right’ but gaining weight.
  • How do we nourish our bodies before, during, and after exercise?
  • Why are we craving foods?
  • How do I increase my protein intake?
  • What are the practical solutions and the small steps we can make for long-term sustainable change?

Understanding menopause and midlife…. It’s not me it’s my hormones!

  • Why it happens, recognising symptoms, what you can do and how to take control of menopause.
  • What is perimenopause and menopause and how is it diagnosed.
  • What are the main symptoms?
  • How to get the right help and support to help you take control of your menopause at work and home.
  • HRT risks & benefits
  • Lifestyle choices in menopause management

This workshop was designed following feedback from coaches in the community and aims to help address and support women in this regard.

Please fill the following form to register, their is no cost as it will be supported by the women in sport programme. Sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Rowing Ireland is delighted to announce that we will be offering three places on the women’s coaching pathway in 2023/24. You can read more about this exciting opportunity below and how to apply.

The programme launched in 2020 and over the last three years 85 female coaches from Athletics, Rowing, Triathlon, Cycling and Boxing have received support in personal and professional development, mentorship, coach education and co-coaching experience. The programme has been successful in progressing coaches along the pathway and participants reported increased confidence, understanding of their coaching style and feeling part of a support network.

Who Is The Women’s Coaching Pathway For?

We are looking for ambitious females who are looking to develop along the coaching pathway in their respective sport. We want coaches who are hungry for knowledge, a passion for sharing experiences and a desire to progress themselves, their sport and their athletes. Three coaches per sport will be selected.

To be considered for this programme you must have a minimum of a Level One coaching qualification and the desire to progress your coaching.

Coaches must; 

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Be a member of their Governing Body
  • Preferably be active in coaching
  • Attend all workshops (on-line and in person)
  • Actively engage in the coach development opportunities throughout the programme
  • Actively engage with mentoring and active learning sets as part of the coaching process 
  • Implement their learnings within their club
  • Proactively seek advice and support from the network, Women in Sport lead and stay in contact with them throughout the programme. 

What Are The Benefits Of The Women’s Coaching Pathway?

Coaches will receive the following support as part of the programme:

  • Personal Development Coaching Workshops with Jo Hopkins Consulting
  • Access to on-line materials and videos
  • Access to further CPD opportunities 
  • A trained Mentor
  • Multi sport networking opportunities
  • Support from their respective NGB’s Women in Sport Officers. 

What Does The Programme Cover?

  • Leadership Dynamics
  • Team Dynamics
  • Authentic Leadership Under Pressure
  • Leading Change
  • My Personal Resilience 
  • Building My Network
  • Coaching Skills 

What Does The Programme Cost? 

The programme is being fully funded through Sport Ireland Women In Sport programme. The value of the programme is around 800 Euro per coach and includes on-line material, mentor support, face to face workshops, virtual sessions, networking opportunities and further development post course through continued group support. 

How Do I Apply?

Complete the following application form by Sunday 21st August If you have any questions on the programme please contact We will let you know by Friday 26th August if you have been successful. 


Workshop And On-Line Key Dates 

  • Sat 23rd September – Introduction Face to Face (Dublin)
  • Sat 14th October – Women’s Coaching Network Day. Open to all coaches from past programmes and the wider coaching community to attend. 
  • Tues 24th October – Session 2 Online
  • Tues 14th November – Session 3 Online
  • Tues 12th December – Session 4 Online
  • Tues 9th January – Session 5 Online
  • Saturday 27th January – Final Face to Face (Dublin)


Non-attendance is classed as missing any part of the course (e.g., an hour, a morning, a day) or the whole course. It is important that you make appropriate arrangements to commit to attending the full course to achieve the learning objectives of the training. We do understand that some situations are unavoidable and will make allowances where possible, however you may be asked to cover the cost of your place if not taken up,

Virtual Training

Where possible, we advise that you do NOT use your mobile phone for this workshop as it can be difficult to log-in and manoeuvre between the functions needed throughout the course, a desktop computer or iPad/tablet are preferable.

Please treat our virtual classroom as if you would an in-person setting and apply the same standards of professional behaviour.


If you cancel your attendance within 5 working days of the course you may incur a charge of 200 euro per course. As Sport Ireland fully fund this course ANY none attendance will be subject to a possible charge. 

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