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’
RowingCeara O