Go For Life Physical Activity Leaders (PAL's) Workshop
Go for Life is the national programme for sport and physical activity for older people. The aim of Go for Life is to involve more older adults in all aspects of sport and physical activity more often. The thrust of the programme is to empower and enable older people by reaching out to active retirement associations, senior citizens groups, day care and community centres around the country, to ensure that more older people are more active, more often.
A series of eight workshops take place in two, 4 week installments, the first in late Spring/early Summer and the second in the Autumn. Each group is invited to have in attendance 2-3 people especially new members from the group who are interested in leading and organising physical activity sessions. As space is limited to 24 places it is advised to book early to avoid disappointment. The representatives from each group must attend all 8 workshop days where possible. All workshops run from 10am to 4pm. Workshops are free of charge and a light lunch will be provided on the day.
Topics covered at the workshops include:
- Basic Principles
- Sit-Fit Activities
- Better Balance
- Going Strong
- Rolling & Bowling
- Pitching & Tossing
- Stepping & Strolling
- PALs Skills
After the training it is envisaged that the representatives would be in a position to carry out a leadership role in the planning and managing of activities for your group. For further information, please call Elaine or Sharon at the Sports Partnership office 067-43604.
Lucozade Sports Workshops
This sports education programme, sponsored by Lucozade Sport, offers clubs and sporting organisations an opportunity to access free education for their athletes, players and coaches in the area of sports science.
Delivering workshops on 5 key topics:
- Fluid for Sport
- Fuel for Sport
- The Female Athlete
- Get Fit for Sport
- Planning for Success
Phase 1 workshops are 1 hour in duration and are suitable for both coaches and participants.
Phase 2 workshops are 2 hours in duration and are aimed at Level 2/3 coaches and regional standard athletes
- Lifestyle - Getting the balance right
- Circuit Training - Development of Strength & Conditioning
- Nutrition - Feeding Performance
- Making Weight - Tipping the scales for success
- Hydration - You are what you drink
These workshops will be delivered by highly skilled presenters and are of enormous benefit to coaches and athletes alike.
The next Lucozade Sports Education Programmes from Phase 2 is:
Circuit Training Seminar
North Tipperary Sports Partnership is hosting a Circuit Training Seminar on Monday 29th April, in LIT Tipperary, Thurles from 7.00-9.00pm. This seminar is developed and delivered by the National Coaching & Training Centre & Lucozade Sport and offers clubs and sporting organisations an opportunity to access free education designed for regional standard athletes, players and level 2/3 coaches in the area of sports science.
This seminar will highlight the following topics:
- Types of Circuits
- Design guidelines for various types of circuits
- How you progress from one session to next with circuit training to ensure a training effect
- Instructional guidelines on the delivery of a circuit training session
This is a two hour workshop followed by 15 minutes for questions and answers. If you are involved in a sport, coaching or a selector, this seminar is a must for your club.
This Course is open to everyone free of charge. To book a place, please, contact the NTSP office – Elaine/ Sharon / Tara on 067-43604.
All Lucozade Sport Education Programme factsheets are available for download at: www.coachingireland.com/lucozade_factsheets
Buntús Start is a comprehensive physical activity programme for children aged 2-5 years old. It has been designed for use in pre-school settings so that pre-school and playgroup leaders can provide a wide range of learning opportunities for young children to develop their fundamental motor skills, manipulative skills, co-ordination and balancing skills and develop a positive attitude to physical activity. The programme was first piloted in Sligo and Donegal in 2004/2005 and is now being offered to areas with Local Sports Partnership’s, including North Tipperary.
Buntús Start helps adults working with children to establish positive attitudes to activity and a healthy lifestyle through enjoyable activity with children. Buntús Start offers a combination of adult-initiated and child-led activities and enables adults to choose and plan appropriate activities as well as giving children opportunities to freely select and explore. Whilst using Buntús Start children have opportunities to develop naturally through individual involvement in physical play, small group activity and to participate in whole-group activity.
The aim of Buntús Start is:
To extend the physical, creative, personal, social and emotional capabilities of pre-school children through enjoyable, planned, physical development play activities in the areas of spatial awareness, basic motor skills, co-ordination and control skills and aiming, predicting and estimating skills.
Buntús Start activities help children’s learning in other curriculum areas by supporting and developing the following:
Personal, social and emotional well being
Social and creative skills
Attention skills and persistence
Language and communication
Reading, writing and maths
Knowledge and understanding of the world
Buntús Start Training Programme:
Participants attend an initial four hours training programme with a further 4 hour follow up approximately 6-8 weeks after the programme is used in the pre-school. Training will take place in a central venue. All staff must attend both training sessions. The objectives of the training are that by the end of the session participants would:
Have an appreciation of the Buntús equipment
Be familiar with the Buntús Start resource cards, their format and layout, and their use with pre- school children
Be able to extend their understanding of fundamental motor skills
Be able to develop their understanding of inclusion and safe practice
The training session is designed to be practical and participatory. Buntús tutors deliver the training to participants. The tutors will deliver the training through a variety of activities, inputs, small group exercises and full group discussion. Links will be made to children’s stages of development and to methods of skills development.
At the end of the training session, each participating centre will be provided with a set of resource cards and a Buntús Start bag .
There will be a cost of €100 to centres taking part in the programme. This fee covers all the training and equipment for each centre. The overall cost (approx €600) will be subsidised by the North Tipperary Sports Partnership and the North Tipperary County Childcare Committee.
All staff must attend the training sessions. It is very important that the selected pre-schools are committed to ‘full-staff training’ and to using the Buntús Start bags on a regular basis.
Committee Training workshops for Sports Clubs
North Tipperary Sports Partnership was pleased to announce a Committee Training Workshop that ran over three consecutive Mondays in September in Tipperary Institute. The overall aim of this workshop was to make the work of Committees/Boards more effective, better able to respond to difficulties and more rewarding for members.
The topics covered in the workshops included:
o An awareness and clearer understanding of the founding and governance documents of the organisation and its structures (eg Constitution, Standing Orders) and the implications of those documents and structures (if any)
o A clearer understanding of the role of the committee within these structures
o An understanding of the elements of a good committee process using a co-operation rather than a control-based model
o The specific functions and responsibilities of the key officers of the organisation especially the Chair, Secretary, Treasurer which may vary a little from organisation to organisation
The workshop was ran by Ciaran Lynch, (Director of the Rural Development Department at Tipperary Institute) in Tipperary Institute, on:
Prior registration with North Tipperary Sports Partnership was necessary and a nominal fee of €25 per club was required to secure a place. It was important that two members from each organisation attended and were willing to commit to the three sessions in order to allow the learning to be communicated to their organisation.
If you are intereseted in attending future committee training workshops, please, contact Elaine Cullinan or Sharon Mc Loughney (tel: 067-43604, email:
Speed, Agility & Quickness
CALLING ALL COACHES AND ATHLETES…
Speed, Agility & Quickness Foundation Level
Would you like to improve your Speed, Agility & Quickness in Sport, or, would like to know how to coach others to improve theirs???
- improves acceleration, speed, fast arm action, footwork, response time and explosiveness;
- increases visual awareness, hand to eye co-ordination, and general manual dexterity;
- promotes control, energy utilisation and strength development. For further information on this course and othere courses see the SAQ Ireland website (www.saqireland.com).
If you are interested in this foundation level SAQ, please contact the office to register your details.
Speed, Agility & Quickness Level 1
The North Tipperary Sports Partnership also run a SAQ level 1 Course.
The Level 1 SAQ course further develops the principals of the SAQ System of training. Some of the course objectives are to examine, understand and appreciate the difference between speed and agility training and to formally investigate and develop the theory and practice of speed development over 5 to 10 metres. Also to demonstrate and teach further exercises and drills which will promote and enhance speed, quickness and agility.
You must have already completed the SAQ Foundation course to register for the Level 1 course.
There are a limited number of places on these courses, which was offered on a first come first served basis.
For further details on up coming SAQ courses in 2010 contact Elaine or Sharon in the North Tipperary Sports Partnership office, telephone 067 - 43604, email
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