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Walking Leader Training

Walking Leader Training is primarily aimed at people wishing to lead a walking group or promote walking in the community or workplace. The course comprises of a weekend of training, a follow up 4 week walking programme to try out your new walking leader’s skills.

If you are interested in Walking Leader Training in 2019 then contact us on 065-6865434 or cathy@claresports.ie and we will let you know when the training becomes available

Course content:

  • Current physical activity guidelines for adults and how they relate to walking
  • The main elements of a health-enhancing walking session
  • Prescribing walking programmes suitable for people of different fitness levels
  • Advice on issues such as posture, technique, stretching, intensity, clothing, etc.
  • Safety issues and rick assessment
  • Planning walking sessions and programmes
  • How to start your own walking group
  • Practical Walking Sessions

Please Note: Before committing to the training, it is important to remember that the aim of each course is to have a panel of trained leaders ready to implement their skills in their own communities. We will therefore expect all participants to organise walks on a regular basis after the course has ended. 

Youth Sports Leader
Open to post primary schools, during this Level 1 Qualification students will learn and demonstrate important life skills such as effective communication and organisation whilst learning to lead basic physical activities to their peers and within their communities.

The course is offered for FREE and delivered over 3 school days (spread over a 3 week block).

Max of 25 pupils per course/ max 1 course per school. Students must be aged 15 years or over.

For more information/bookings contact James Murrihy james@claresports.ie.

Sports First Aid Courses

Sports First Aid Courses
Emergency Sports First Aid Courses

**All First Aid courses for 2020 are currently on hold due to the ongoing Covid19 emergency. We will notify anyone registered for courses and offer them a refund or the choice of an alternative date once things get back to normal **


These courses are ideal for anyone who is involved in sporting organisations either as a coach or club volunteer in county Clare. The courses deal with common sporting injuries such as strains and sprains to the rare and more serious injuries such as spinal injuries and cardiac arrest.

Course Content:

  • Safe accident scene management
  • Correct Procedure for calling the emergency services
  • Circulation, wounds and bleeding
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation for Adult and Child Introduction to defibrillators (CPR)
  • Unconsciousness including head injuries such as concussion.
  • Fractures, Sprains, Strains and Dislocations
  • Diabetes, Epilepsy and Asthma and Concussion
  • Spinal Injuries

Qualification Achieved:

All successful candidates will receive a CFR certificate from PHECC and an Emergency Sports First Aid Certificate from Safe-T-Group

Cost €40

**As part of our ongoing commitment to club development, this is a subsidised cost.

If you have registered and are unable to attend your chosen course, 72 hours notice must be given in order to be eligible for a refund.

PALS Training
A PAL is a Physical Activity Leader who is already part of a group or club and is willing to lead activities. PALs lead their local group in things like short exercise routines, fun games, simple dances and sports like pitch and toss. Groups may be an Active Retirement group, a sports club, an ICA group or some social group that meets regularly. Groups get great benefits from having a few PALs to lead activities. The group members will:

  • be healthier and happier have more energy attract more members because they offer a greater variety of activities.
  • have more chances to meet with other groups.
  • take part in more activities with other groups.
  • have access to more information about the Go For Life programme.

If you feel that you or one of your group members are interested in becoming a PAL, contact us on 065-6865434 and we will give you further details.

Participants do not need to have any background or formal experience in leading physical activities but they must be prepared to attend all of the workshops and to lead members of their own groups or communities. Ideally two or three members of each group should attend the same workshops so that they can support each other in the leading of activities afterwards. Each workshop should have a minimum of 12 participants and a maximum of 24.

Each PALs Workshop

  • is a mix of theory and practical ideas
  • is delivered by Go for Life Trainers
  • lasts approximately 5 hours e.g. 10am to 3pm with half hour break for lunch
  • is informal, sociable and fun
  • has a practical element

Casual leisurewear and appropriate footwear should be worn.

Workshop 1 – Basic Principles
The main aims of this workshop are to:

  • introduce participants to the Go for Life campaign
  • propose procedures regarding checking, screening and monitoring the wellbeing of participants before and during physical activity bouts/sessions
  • enable the PAL to lead a Warm Up and Warm Down routine suitable for older people.

Workshop 2 – Sit-Fit Activities
The main aims of this workshop are to:

  • explore a range of chair-based activities suitable for healthy older adults
  • enable the PAL to plan a variety of physical activities for groups of older people in a seated position.

Workshop 3 – Better Balance
The main aims of this workshop are to

  • explore a range of activities geared to improve older people’s balance
  • enable the PAL to promote the balance of participants during activity bouts and sessions.

Workshop 4 – Going Strong
The main aims of this workshop are to

  • explore a range of activities geared to improve older people’s strength
  • enable the PAL to promote the strength of participants during activity bouts and sessions.

Workshop 5 – Rolling & Bowling
The main aims of this workshop are to;

  • enable the PAL to introduce a range of bowling activities to older people.
  • explore a range of bowling games/sports suitable for older people

Workshop 6 – Pitching & Tossing
The main aims of this workshop are to:

  • explore a range of pitching and tossing
  • games/sports suitable for older people
  • enable the PAL to introduce a range of
  • pitching and tossing activities to older people.

Workshop 7 – Stepping & Strolling
The main aims of this workshop are to:

  • explore a range of activities geared to
  • motivate older people walk more often
  • enable the PAL to incorporate walking
  • activities into activity bouts and sessions.

Workshop 8 – PALs Skills
The main aims of this workshop are to:

  • outline a range of skills necessary for the
  • successful leadership of activity sessions for older people;
  • enable the PAL to plan safe and enjoyable
  • physical activity sessions for older people;
  • enable the PAL to plan a 5-week physical
  • activity programme suitable for older people.

Workshop 9 – Whirling & Twirling
The main aims of this workshop are to:

  • Propose a format for a dancing session
  • Outline a warm-up routine and warm-down routine which should precede and conclude any activity session for older people
  • Explore a range of simple dance ideas (mostly folk dances) suitable for older people.
Care PALS Training
Unlike the PALS training, Care PALS is designed for individuals who are working proffesionally with older adults in care settings. Care PALs training is delivered over two full days.

Go for Life is the National Programme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People. It is an Age & Opportunity Initiative funded and supported by Sport Ireland. Go for Life has worked in partnership with Local Sports Partnerships and HSE Health Promotion offices since 2001, to empower older people not only to be more physically active themselves but also to lead their peers in physical activity by training as PALs (Physical Activity Leaders).

Go for Life has seen a dramatic increase in requests to take part in Physical Activity Leaders workshops from those working in both day and residential care settings. Because PALs workshops are designed to meet the needs of independent older adults we felt that they were not meeting all the needs of those working in care settings. So we’ve developed a specific adaptation of the workshops called CarePALs. CarePALs aims to empower those working in day and residential care settings to lead suitable physical activities with older people who live in or visit their setting. This means that physical activity sessions can be delivered by staff and therefore included as part of the daily or weekly routine without cost to the care setting.

The expected outcomes of this intervention are:

· Enhanced health of older people in care

· Staff oif care settings enabled to lead Health Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA) Sessions for older people with varied levels of ability on a regular basis

· Increased awareness of social, psychological and physical benefits of physical activity for older people of all ages and abilities

· Opportunities for those promoting physical activity in care settings to network with peers

Participants do not need to have any background or formal experience in leading physical activities but they must be working in a care setting. Also, their employer must commit to enabling them to lead physical activity back in their own care setting following participation in CarePALs. The HSE is funding these workshops so there will be no charge to participants. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. Casual leisurewear and appropriate footwear should be worn.

Participants must be available to attend both day long workshops in full. For further information contact james@claresports.ie

Swim For A Mile (SFAM) is an initiative aiming to encourage people to get back into the pool and become confident life-long swimmers.* The Programme runs annually, starting in January and consists of 10-12 weeks of training. * The programme is designed to provide you with the option of training in your own time or registering for SFAM coached sessions at your local SFAM associated pool.

* The programme progresses participants from being able to swim 2 lengths of a swimming pool to completing a full mile at one of Swim Irelands SFAM event days. This is a cost of €25 per person that goes to Swim Ireland and their partner charity, Temple Street Childrens Hospital. This is a separate cost to our training sessions.

* Swim Ireland Registration for the pool programme opens annually in December via www.swimforamile.com

Swim for a Mile Event Day:

Shannon Leisure Centre: Wednesday April 8th, 6-8pm

In Clare, we are hosting Swim for a Mile training in 3 locations. You can book these directly with ourselves. Just follow the link at the end of this page.

Training Schedules & Costs: – Each Leisure Centre will have your training plan on week 1.

Lakeside Leisure Centre, Killaloe.

Starting Tuesday 14th January @7-8pm for 12 weeks

Coached sessions. €100 + booking fee

Shannon Leisure Centre, Shannon.

Starting Monday 13th January @7-8pm. Monday & Wednesday evening @7-8pm for 12 weeks.

Two coached session weekly €150 + booking fee

Ennis Leisure Centre, Ennis.

Starting Monday 13th January @8-8:45pm for 12 weeks.

Coached sessions €90+ booking fee


For more information, contact pat@claresports.ie

Disability Initiatives Training

 Xcessible Award

Clare Sports Parnership are presently taking part in a National pilot programme where we are trying to attain a Bronze Ribbon in the Xcessible award process. Clare are one of 3 LSP’s and 3 NGB’s to deliver this pilot programme in 2020.

Xcessible is a four staged resourced pathway designed to support an LSP or NGB in the area of Inclusion and will support them through the process of developing and increasing their capacity to support people with disabilities to be active in their sport in terms of participation, coaching, volunteering and officiating. Xcessible has been developed using the Sports Inclusion Disability Charter as a guiding tool. The LSP will be guided through each stage of the journey under the headings of Openness, People, Activities, Facilities and Promotion.

As we work through the objectives we will be engaging with you our members in this process. To find more about Xcessible and Sports Inclusion Disability Charter please click the following Bronze Level Objectives Outline.

Sports Inclusion Disability Charter

You can view the Sports Inclusion Disability Charter here.

Disability Awareness Training

This 2hr workshop is designed to build awareness around people with disabilities participating in community sport and physical activity. On completion of the course all attendees will receive a Cara Certificate of Attendance endorsed by Sport Ireland.The course covers the following key areas:

  • Understanding Disability
  • Perceptions
  • Language & Terminology
  • Communication & Etiquette
  • Barriers to participation
  • Inclusion – Introduction to TREE and Continum Models
  • Where to go from here

The course is designed to be interactive in nature and is approximately 90 minutes in duration which includes time for questions and feedback at the end of the webinar.
Training is provide free of charge.

Upcoming Disability Awareness Training courses

Monday February 8th from 6pm to 8pm via ZOOM – Register here


Disability Inclusion Training
Clare Sports Partnership has a comprehensive inclusive sports programme, under the leadership of James Murrihy, ours Sports Inclusion Disabilty Officer. Funding for the programme is received from Sport Ireland and we work under the guidance of the CARA APA Centre.

Disability Inclusion Training Course

This is an introduction level course designed to give participants ideas and inspiration to adapt their Sport, Physical Activity and Physical Education sessions to make them more accessible and inclusive for children and adults with disabilities.

This course has been designed for a range of audiences including National Sports Organisations, Coaches, Sports Development Officers, Volunteers, Lecturers, Students, Principals, Teachers, SNAs, Administrative staff, Leisure Personnel, Parents or anyone who has an interest in making sport accessible for all.


 1. Safeguarding 1

All Coaches, Children’s Officers and Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) must first complete the 3 hour Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course.  This course educates participants on the implementation of best practice in protecting the welfare of children involved in sport. 

Safeguarding 1 courses for 2021 will be delivered online through ZOOM.

Once registered you will receive a link to join the course on your chosen date

Courses for 2021: Safeguarding 1  Delivered online through ZOOM

February 10th  6pm to 9pm. Register HERE

February 24th 6pm to 9pm. Register HERE

March 9th 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Register HERE

March 30th 6.30pm to 9.30p. Register HERE

April 28th 6pm to 9pm. Register HERE

If you have registered and are unable to attend your chosen course, 72 hours notice must be given in order to be eligible for a refund

If you would like to hold a Safeguarding 1 course in your club/organisation please call the office or email cathy@claresports.ie to discuss

If you have preciously completed Safeguarding you can click here to access Sport Ireland Online Safeguarding 1 Refresher Information

 2Safeguarding 2 – Club Children’s Officer (C.C.O)

Club Children’s Officers

Club Children’s Officers should be child centred in focus and have as the primary aim the establishment of a child centred ethos within the club. S/he is the link between the children and the adults in the club. S/he also takes responsibility for monitoring and reporting to the Club Management Committee on how club policy impacts on young people and Sports Leaders

A person appointed to the Club Children’s Officer position in a club must have completed safeguarding 1 (Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness workshop) and should complete the Club Children’s Officer 3 hour workshop. This course will help the Club Children’s Officer to carry out the function of their role in the club and support the implementation of best practice in the club. Participants will also receive a Club Children’s Officer Action Planning document as part of the training.

Courses for 2021: Safeguarding 2

March 10th 6pm to 9pm Registere HERE

Given the current health guidelines we will not be in a position to run any Safeguarding 2 courses 

3. Safeguarding 3 – Designated Liaison Person(DLP)

Designated Liaison Person

Every club/organisation should designate a person to be responsible for dealing with any concerns about the protection of children. The Designated Liaison Person is responsible for reporting allegations or suspicions of child abuse to TUSLA Child and Family Agency or Social Services (NI) and/or An Garda Siochán / PSNI. It is recommended that this person is a senior club person. However, if there is difficulty identifying a separate individual to take this role, the Club Children’s Officer can be appointed as Designated Liaison Person once the club/organisation is clear about the responsibilities of each role. The organisation’s child protection policy and procedures should include the name and contact details of the Designated Liaison Person and the responsibilities attached to the role.

A person appointed to the Designated Liaison Person position in a club must have completed the Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course and should complete the Designated Liaison Person 3 hour workshop. A club may appoint the same person to both the CCO and DLP positions however best practice advises that they are kept as separate roles.

Courses for 2021: Safeguarding 3

Given the current health guidelines we are not in a position to run any Safeguarding 3 courses at the moment. 

Coaching Children
Physical Literacy
Physical literacy is defined as “the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life”

Physical literacy is the foundation for lifelong involvement in physical activity according to The Lifelong Involvement in Sport & Physical Activity (LISPA) model

Read more about the LISPA Model

Physical Literacy Module
Sport Ireland Coaching has developed a course to give participants the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of physical literacy

This module is an interactive 2 hour workshop which will enable participants to:

Outline the origins, definition, elements, relationship between the elements and importance of physical literacy
Explain whether individuals can be described as ‘physically literate’ and whether physical literacy can be assessed
Our next Physical Literacy Workshop will take place via Zoom on: 24th November 2020 at 6.30pm. The cost is €5 . Register Here

Coaching Children
All too often programs offered to children in sport are scaled down versions of adult activity without regard for the different needs of children. Children want different things from their sport participation and require different approaches given their stage of development both physically and mentally. The Coaching Children Programs aims to equip coaches with specific knowledge, skills and competencies to cater for the needs of children. Creating good coaching children practices at an early stage will result in a higher proportion of children gaining both movement skills and love of activity that we hope will remain with them in to their teenage and adult years.

For full details / syllabus on the coaching children workshops, please go to the Sport Ireland Website.

To book a Coaching Children course with Clare LSP, please see below.

****New dates to be announced Soon****

Below are some ideas for games that you can use when you are coaching children. Just click on them to bring you to their link.

Top Gear – Agility

Compasss – Balance

Wall Rebound – Coordination

Team Tag – Coordination, Agility and Speed

Balance Battles – Dynamic Balance and Coordination

Mirror – Balance and Coordination

Dishes and Domes – Balance, Coordination, Agility and Speed

Crocs in the River – Coordination and Agility

Run of Doom – Coordination, Agility and Speed

Shark Attack – Balance, Coordination, Agility and Speed

Shoot the Duck – Balance, Coordination and Agility

Wheel Barrow – Dynamic Balance, Coordination, Agility and Speed.

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