After many months of preparation the Get Rowing with TY Pilot Programme started in Carlow during October. Thirty-five transition year students were trained by Rowing Ireland’s Coach Education Officer Pat McInerney in coaching skills, with an emphasis on indoor rowing.
Carlow Regional Youth Services (CRYS), headed up by Carlow Rowing Club members Kathryn Wall and her colleagues Tracey Quinney and Angela Keogh, facilitated a second day of youth leadership training. They also liaised with the schools to secure buy in and recruit participants. Supporting student coaches to promote good technique is key to the success of the programme and Kathryn and Angela provided this support weekly to all schools in regards to delivery and implementation of sessions. Neighbouring club Graiguenamanagh RC were invited to support their local school at this stage.
Ergometers from the Get Going…Get Rowing programme were transported to Carlow with the help of Carlow Rowing Club members Tony Dooley and Peadar Doyle. Brian Roberts from Graiguenamanagh RC has also given the project great support and even brought some supplementary ergometers to the school.
The idea behind the programme is that the transition year students give the classes to the first years in their schools and it has now started in four schools in Carlow and Borris.
On a recent visit to the schools the teachers all expressed how well the programme was run and how impressed they were with it. Many other sports already offer this type of initiative to TY students and it’s the first time Rowing Ireland has taken up this challenge with the pilot scheme in Carlow.
PE teacher Orla Bambury from Borris Vocational School said “I was hesitant at first to give such young students the responsibility of a class and offered them only a four week programme. Now I am so impressed with their achievement and skills that I will give them a full six week block, I was blown away with the standard of training the students came back with from Rowing Ireland and Youth Services and would be very keen to offer this programme to every transition year going forward.”
The students use the readymade curriculum which the Get Going…Get Rowing programme has been using in Dublin schools since last February. In addition to implementing this curriculum the student coaches will also organise a rowing blitz, where the students from all schools will compete against each other in early December. CRYS Sports Development Officer, Tracey Quinney, facilitates and supports the students in this task.
Some students will go on to compete at the Get Going…Get Rowing Christmas row together with Dublin schools in Island Bridge in December. All in all it’s a win-win situation for everyone; the students get an interesting programme as part of their TY programme, the club gets members trained in basic coaching skills at the age of 17, as well as the possibility of new members from both first year and transition year signing up.
Leinster Women’s Development Officer, Michelle Carpenter is the Rowing Ireland liaison for the programme and has provided key support and management for this pilot programme. She has also organised the availability of ergometers in Carlow as it is part of the “Get Going…Get Rowing project.
If you are interested in your club becoming involved, please contact Michelle: firstname.lastname@example.org or 086 0270020