Module Overview

Coach Development

This module aims to address coach development frameworks. Coaching development is about the wider strategic environment in which coaching and coaches operate. Its focus is on exploring coaching systems and understanding the components that recruit, develop and retain a coaching workforce. This will incorporate elements such as coach education systems and the support and management of coaches. The module also focuses on individual coach development, specifically on the application and adaption of coaching skills within a range of different and varied environments of specific populations. An understanding of the needs of participants is a key theme within this context.

Module Code

COCH H3002

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change


The indicative module content includes: Coaching Policy, systems, strategy and structure- International, National and local coaching perspectives- Coaching research and evidence based practice- NGB’s, coach education and qualification systems- The coaching workforce – gaining, training, retaining coaches- Developing, sustaining and increasing participation and performance in sport Professional values, behaviours and ethical values Coaching specific populations – practical application- Low socio economic groups / disadvantaged communities o People with disabilities- Black and ethnic minorities- Sport for health- Obese and overweight- Women and girls- The ageing population- Coaching for Performance


Irish models; Coach education and development programme: research informing practice; Benchmarking sport coach education and development; Programme theories to examine and evolve current practice; CPD provision for the coaching workforce; Other professional fields and what are the implications Quality Assurance Procedures

Development and support

Task Analysis of Coach Developers; Applications to The Youth Coach Educator Role; The application of reflective practice: reflective learning in the education and practices; Delivering The Grassroots Club Mentor Programme: mentor’s experiences of practice; The mentor model of coach development

Impact and practice

What do coaches learn; Can new knowledge be effectively applied?; Examining impact of Education Programme: Evidence of change; Practice activities during coaching sessions in elite sport and their effect on skill acquisition; Coaching disabled participants; The coach journey; The progression of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) into coaching; the COACH bursary programme; Candidates’ experiences of coach education; Future Direction in Coaching Research

Methods used to achieve the module learning outcomes will include lectures, tutorials, interpretation of data, case studies, problem-solving exercises, video presentations, self-directed learning and computer-based learning

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100