Applications for places on the 2023-24 Women’s Student Coach Academy are now open. Read more and download the application form below.

Student Sport Ireland in partnership with Sport Ireland, 12 National Governing Bodies (Rowing Ireland, Athletics Ireland, Badminton Ireland, Basketball Ireland, Camogie Association, Football Association of Ireland, Hockey Ireland, Irish Rugby Football Union, Ladies Gaelic Football Association, Triathlon Ireland, Volleyball Ireland, Weightlifting Ireland) and 26 colleges and universities across the island of Ireland, is giving female students in 3rd level study the chance to receive invaluable coaching support while studying.

The academy now in its 3rd year has seen over 85 students come through the academy since its inception. The female students are given the chance to work with athletes and teams within their institutions, while working with a mentor coach on the ground, with colleges and universities also supporting the students with coaching equipment and gear. National Governing Bodies support the students with the provision of suitable coaching courses and coaching opportunities within the sport.

Student Sport Ireland support the students with administration of the academy, coaching workshops and providing over coaching supports through out the year.

The application form can be downloaded here and all students can return to their institution sports officer. The deadline for applications is August 7th 2023.

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The 2022/23 cohort of Women’s Student Coaching Academy have been selected by Student Sport Ireland. Rowing Ireland is delighted to announce our coaches.

The aim of the academy is to provide female student coaches with the support system that will enable them to develop and reach their coaching potential. Furthermore, the academy aims to increase the number, and visibility, of female coaches in third level institutions and create female role models for other female students to progress into coaching.

The Women’s Student Coaching Academy is a collaborative programme between SSI, Sport Ireland, third-level institutions and eleven sporting National Governing Bodies (NGBs). The programme is supported through the Women In Sport fund.

Throughout the year, the female student coaches will coach a team or athlete, while working alongside a mentor coach. They will also undertake a coaching course with their NGB, keep a weekly journal to track their coaching journey, and attend workshops offered by SSI. During this time they will also network and learn from coaches across all the other NGB’s taking part.

The two coaches selected from Rowing Ireland are Clara McClements (Queens University Belfast) and Jennifer Crowley (University College Cork).

Congratulations to both coaches and wishing them the best on their academy coaching journey.

You can read more about the Student Coaching Academy here

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