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.

Bann Rowing Club successfully ran a Women on the Water Programme this July and August. You can read more about it and how to get involved in this initiative below.

Bann Rowing Club recruited 13 women to try rowing for the first time at their club in Coleraine this summer. The women were coached the basics of water safety, how to launch a boat to the full rowing stroke. 7 of the women have taken up membership in the club following the programme and some have joined the Masters Squad.

Well done to Bann Rowing Club, in particular Sue McLauglin for facilitating an excellent initiative for women in the community.

Running a Women on the Water programme can be very beneficial for your club. There is support available from Rowing Ireland’s women in sport officer to help you to do this.

You can read about Women on the Water under the ‘Women in Sport’ tab on the Rowing Ireland website, where you can fill in an expression of interest to take part or host a programme. Alternatively, you can email

The annual women’s Coach Network Day returns on October 14th 2023.

This day is all about making connections and attending some workshops of your choice. The day includes coffee/tea and a goodie bag on arrival, lunch, panel discussions with coaches and experts in the field as well as workshops and a keynote talk.

You can sign up here now:

Any queries can be sent to

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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