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On Saturday 22nd of October, club committee and leadership representatives participating on the ‘Making Waves’ 2022/23 programme, attended a workshop on Club Development and Planning.

Participants from the Making Waves programme, a Women in Sport initiative, met in person on Saturday at the Sports Campus in Dublin, travelling from clubs all over the country to complete a workshop based around club development, club governance and how to lead operational and strategic club development plans. This programme is run in tandem with Triathlon Ireland so club leaders from Triathlon clubs around Ireland were also in attendance.

The women on the programme have been meeting online to complete evening workshops on various topics in club leadership since the programme began in September and will now work with experienced club leadership mentors to action a development item and experience the benefits of mentoring sessions.

A longer term goal of the programme is to create a network of female club leaders – (committee members on this programme) who can support each other in not only sharing experience and advice to improve their club’s development but importantly, their enjoyment of volunteering in the sport so that we can retain the talent of these females in rowing.

An update on the programme’s progress will be reported later in the year. Many thanks to our excellent facilitator David Denieffe, who is an expert in the area of Club development.

The participating club leaders are listed below:

Alison DalyUniversity College Dublin Ladies Boat Club
Sandra CallaghanNeptune Rowing Club
Mary BonnerTralee Rowing Club
Catherine PetherbridgeNeptune Rowing Club
Susan WalshShandon Boat Club
Mary Ann KentArklow Rowing Club
Caroline OBrienBelfast Rowing club
Aoife WillisAthlunkard Boat Club
Deirdre KearneyNewry Rowing Club
Averil HeslinCarlow Rowing Club
Fiona KellyColaiste Iognaid Rowing Club
Niamh-Ann SherlockCastleconnell Boat Club
Sharon MurphySkibbereen Rowing Club
Louise RubinNeptune Rowing Club
Teresa KeeneyLoughros Point Rowing Club
Dineka MaguireCommercial Rowing Club / Kincasslagh Rowing Club
Fiona KellyColaiste Iognaid Rowing club
Emma TownsendCarlow Rowing Club

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 Rowing Ireland, Cycling Ireland, Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA), Athletics 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 Louise Drohan of Waterford Boat Club, Sharon Murphy and Denise Walshe of Skibbereen Rowing Club, Rebecca Burke of Belfast Boat Club , Bria Mc Guinness of Commercial Rowing Club and Eithne Tiernan of Shandon Boat Club 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.

Rowing 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. For more information, please contact Ceara at womeninsport@rowingireland.ie

Female Coaches Networking Day – 6th of November 2022

Athletics Ireland, Cycling Ireland, Irish Athletic Boxing Association. Rowing Ireland and Triathlon
Ireland are delighted to announce a Networking Day for Female Coaches across these sports.

The Networking Day will be held at a Dublin venue on Sunday 6th November from 10am – 3pm and
will be open to all female coaches across Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Rowing and Triathlon. The event
will be fully funded through the Women in Sport budget from Sport Ireland and will be completely
free for NGB registered coaches to attend.

The Networking Day has been established off the back of overwhelming feedback from female coaches who have expressed the desire to connect with other female coaches on a more regular basis.

Further details about the day will be announced in due course, but for now, put the date in your
diary and spread the word amongst female coaches!

Making Waves

Rowing Ireland, in partnership with Triathlon Ireland, are hosting a new club level leadership programme including training, mentoring and networking support in September and October 2022.

Club Leadership Program

Triathlon Ireland and Rowing Ireland recognise the need for a support network for the fantastic women who lead our clubs. This program aims to support women who work within their clubs to increase their confidence and knowledge and create a network of leaders within our clubs.We would like to invite applications from women’s officers, committee members and club leaders who are driven and passionate to develop themselves and their community.

This program is fully funded and will provide participants with:

  • Development of new skills set under the guidance of a very experienced facilitator;
  • Scope to improve your own personal skills as a club leader 
  • Support after the program, provided by experienced mentors
  • Opportunity to create a network of club leaders

Program Details

The purpose of the programme is to show how development and planning is pivotal in developing clubs. There will be a series of online and face-to-face workshops coupled with mentoring support.  The participants will be introduced to and use key leadership and management activities supporting existing club activity  and developing new opportunities for their clubs.

Key topics to be addressed include:

  • Club Governance and its role in assisting clubs in the development and implementation of club development plans.
  • Support clubs in designing and implementing club development plans.
  • Support clubs in recruitment and training of volunteers for various roles including committee members.
  • Identify examples of good practice in the areas of club leadership, management and development amongst clubs and share this information at all levels.
  • Develop mutually beneficial working relationships with other key organisations/agencies.

Requirements

  1. 2 evening online sessions- 27th September and 4th October (8pm- 9:30pm)
  2. 1 full- day in-person session- 22nd October
  3. Mentoring commitment of 2-3 sessions between October and December

Facilitator- David Denieffe

David Denieffe is the Vice-President for Academic Affairs at South East Technological University in Carlow. He has been a leading academic for over 25 years, building on his previous military career. Having previously chaired national and international conferences, he also continues to serve on leading professional and industry groupings. With a passion for all sports, he has been involved in delivering club planning, development, leadership and management programmes with a number of NGBs for the past ten years. A Level 2 coach and a Level 5 official in the area of throws, he is also actively involved in athletics with his club, Gowran AC and county Kilkenny.

How to Apply

We are inviting one application per club. If you wish to apply to this programme, please complete our short application form outlining why you would like to be part of the programme by close of business on Wednesday 14th September. If you have any questions please contact Ceara at womeninsport@rowingireland.ie

Application form is below :

Making Waves- Club Leadership - Women in Sport

Complete this form as your application for a place on the 2022 Making Waves- Club Leadership Course with Rowing Ireland

Rowing Ireland are delighted to announce that the successful coaching pathway will run again in 2022-23. This pathway is an excellent opportunity for female coaches looking to develop their leadership and coaching skills, empower themselves with a network of like minded coaches from across the sport and from other sports in a supportive and structured environment.

Pictured: Janet Walsh, New Ross Boat Club (Programme graduate 2020/21) at the Junior World Championships this summer.

What is the Women’s Coaching Pathway?

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. 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.

Whats involved?

  • Personal Development Coaching Workshops with Jo Hopkins Consulting
  • Access to Coach Education
  • A trained Mentor
  • Multi sport networking opportunities in person
  • 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 750 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.

Who are we looking for?

  • Ideal candidates have a desire to learn and improve in their coaching setting. They can collaborate with others and help the whole group to grow and succeed whatever their goals may be. We want coaches who are hungry for knowledge, a passion for sharing experiences and a desire to progress themselves, their sport and their athletes.  Six coaches per sport will be selected.

How to apply

Complete the virtual application form HERE by 21st of August 2022. You will be notified by 26th of August regarding your application.

Conditions of Application

Coaches should:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Be a member of their Governing Body (Rowing Ireland)
  • 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.

Workshop and On-Line Key Dates 

Workshop 1 (in person)     24th September     9:30am – 4:30pm Dublin, Venue TBC

All virtual session below are Wednesday evenings from  6:30-8:30pm

12th October Virtual session 

16th November Virtual Session

14th December Virtual Session

18th January Virtual Session

15th February Virtual Session

Workshop 2 (in person)         4th March    9:30am – 4:30pm Dublin, Venue TBC

Programme Leads

AthleticsLilly Ann O’HoraLillyannohora@athleticsireland.ie
BoxingLouise McKenzielouise.welsh@iaba.ie 
CyclingElaine Cahillelaine.cahill@cyclingireland.ie
RowingCeara O Connorwomeninsport@rowingireland.ie
TriathlonAnna Grealishanna@triathlonireland.com