Session #2 Workshops

Workshop 1 – Keeping Youngsters Involved Project - Key findings and a practical tool to help prevent youth (12-19 years) sports dropout


Joey Murphy, Catherine Woods, Dorien Dijk

Aim:To present the key findings from the Keep Youngsters Involved (KYI) project and run an interactive workshop using the KYI card game. 

Key Learning Points: 

1.    Increase understanding of 14 factors for preventing youth sports dropout, including how they fit into the KYI framework.  

2.    Acknowledge the range of actions available for preventing youth sports dropout, which revolve around the youngster linking in with the “child-centred approach”.

3.    Identify actions for preventing youth sports dropout that apply to your context through the KYI card game. 

Key Content:The workshop will begin with a presentation form Prof. Catherine Woods and Dr. Joseph Murphy. This will look at how the project partners identified 14 factors, developed a KYI framework, and created an interactive card game aimed at preventing youth sports dropout. This will be followed by an interactive session where the workshop participants will be asked to participate in a KYI card game, which aims to identify key actions for preventing youth sports dropout in your organisation or country. Participants will be expected to share experiences, provide insights and develop a greater understanding into the pathways of keeping youngster involved in sport through this applied and practical workshop.

On the web

Twitter: @JoeyJMurphy

ResearchGate: Joseph J Murphy

Staff Profile:


Murphy, J. J., Woods, C. B., Murphy, M. H., Murphy, N., Byrne, N., & Mac Donncha, C. (2019). Student Activity and Sport Study Ireland: Protocol for a Web-Based Survey and Environmental Audit Tool for Assessing the Impact of Multiple Factors on University Students’ Physical Activity. JMIR research protocols, 8(2), e10823.

Murphy, J. J., MacDonncha, C., Murphy, M. H., Murphy, N., Timperio, A., Leech, R. M., & Woods, C. B. (2019). Identification of health-related behavioural clusters and their association with demographic characteristics in Irish university students. BMC public health, 19(1), 121.

Murphy, J. J., Murphy, M. H., MacDonncha, C., Murphy, N., Nevill, A. M., & Woods, C. B. (2017). Validity and reliability of three self-report instruments for assessing attainment of physical activity guidelines in university students. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science21(3), 134-141.

Twitter: @DijkDorien

Facebook: Dorien Dijk 


Club Captains in Youth Sport


Amanda Ní Ghabhann

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Youth Development Officer, Swim Ireland

Outline of the Keynote Presentation:

The Club Captains in Youth Sport project developed a programme to train and support young athletes who take on the role of captain in their sport. The 1 day programme develops the athletes skills in Communication, Conflict Management and most importantly Resilience. The idea initiated from our young athlete’s confusion around the role and we realised, for the most part, we train and support every other role in sport but expect our young people to take on an important job without so much as discussing expectations. 

The workshop will consist of an outline of the project and then an interactive example of one part of the Club Captains in Youth Sport programme. The Activity will look at Team Building and Resilience, and the supports a captain has at their disposal, or not. 

Intro – 10 mins

Activity prep – 10 mins

Activity testing – 10 mins

Activity debrief – 15 mins

On the web

Twitter: @swimireland @Danigh_a 

Facebook: /swimireland

Instagram: @swimireland @danigh_a

Workshop 2 - Case Studies of Children in Sport - Ireland

Fostering a life-long ‘vocation’ for Ladies Football – “Where I belong ….”


William Harmon


Aim: To demonstrate how Ladies Football promotes through fostering a positive coaching environment that develops and retains the club, its coaches and players.

Key learning points: Importance of:

·      Adopting high quality player centred coaching structures and methods whereby your players feel like they belong

·      Delivering an inclusive programme for all players, focusing on a wide variety and level of abilities 

·      Providing a positive learning, safe and fun environment for players to increase life-long participation, fundamental skill proficiency and enhancing psychosocial wellbeing 

Key Content: In LGFA, it is our belief that players who experience a positive coaching environment early in sport will adopt a ‘love’ for the game and enhance life-long participation. The development of LGFA participation and retention LGFA for example Gaelic4Girls (G4G) and Gaelic4Teens (G4T) respectively and being creative in our approach to playing opportunities such as Go Games help reinforce the key principles that underpin why we do what we do from a coaching perspective. G4G/G4T Programme and Go Games models focus on coaching behaviours and methodologies. Clarity on values, ethos and policy will help clubs and coaches be the best they can be on playing field. This requires patience and time!!!

On the web

Twitter:  @LadiesFootball

Facebook: @LadiesGaelicFootball

Child centred coaching and development – a Cycling Ireland perspective


Rachel Ormrod and Barbara Connolly

Aim:The aim of this presentation is to explore the structure of development within cycling as promoted by Cycling Ireland, from fundamental skills at an early age through to later childhood, as a lead into early adolescence and further involvement in the respective disciplines of the sport.

Learning and physical literacy is promoted through a range of, fun and enjoyable, skills development programmes which provides a robust framework to support the development of lifelong skills and habits. 

We will take you on a journey through these opportunities for children to develop their skills and themselves through cycling, whilst also touching on some of the challenges we find within our sport.

On the web



Coaching Children in Triathlon (More than just Swim/Bike/Run)


Anna Grealish

Aim:Discuss how to develop Triathlon Training Session for Children. Looking at the key concepts of volume, focus, recovery and enjoyment this workshop will discuss how we coach the skills needed in triathlon to children.

Introduction:Video- Highlights from our junior and youth triathlon events. Examples of race distances and events for children.

Content:Identify the challenges and benefits of coaching a three disciplined sport. How we transition from coaching 8-12 to 12-15 year olds. Examples of skills based training. How we make the skills required as an adults appropriate for children. Consider how you would deliver one of the skills session to a group of children.


On the web

Twitter: @TriathlonIreland

Workshop 3 – Moving Well-Being Well: A Physical Literacy Approach to Coaching Children


Stephen Behan, Cameron Peers

Aim:To instill participants with a knowledge of what physical literacy is, and how to practically apply it in their coaching

Key Learning Points: To understand Physical literacy and its components, and the importance of it in coaching children to encourage future participation. 

Key Content: Physical Literacy, current research around Physical Literacy, how to implement physical literacy into your coaching

Practical:The practical aspect of the workshop will entail participants being brought through a series of skills. These skills will start at their most basic level before being progressed through to more sport’s specific skills. The aim of the practical will be to show coaches how to do this in a holistic manner while taking all the elements of physical literacy development into account.

On the web

Twitter: @behan_s

Other: The Coaching Bubble Podcast  @BubbleCoaching

Twitter: @cameronpeer


Workshop 4 – The Children’s Voice in Sport

Workshop 5 – Reflective practice for Children’s Coaches


Dr. Ian Sherwin

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The term “reflective practice” was popularised by Schön (1991). Reflective practice is the mindful consideration of one’s actions and behaviours. Developing reflective thinking strategies promotes a sensitivity towards others and open-mindedness in coaches. Taking the above into consideration, the aim of this workshop is to provide the participants with an opportunity to experience a variety of reflective practice methods to aid them in implementing a programme of reflective practice within their coaching environment. This workshop will help the participants to understand the theory of reflective practice and how to translate the theory into practice. It is designed to help the participants to think critically about their coaching behaviours and practices by presenting them with tips for overcoming barriers to reflective practice, how to deal with receiving and giving feedback and introduce the concept of reflective writing. The workshop will include interactive tasks and exercises that will challenge the participants to develop new ideas, and concepts about what might have happened, and how they can adapt and connect their experiences to their coaching practice.

On the web

Twitter: @ian_sherwin


Workshop 6 - PEAK Project: The Future of Coaching

Presenters:Hayley Harrison, Emma Atkins, Karen Petry, John Bales, Richard Bailey

Adrian Byrne