Women's Artistic Gymnastics and Men's Artistic Gymnastics Level 3 Coaching Course - Wrap Up!

18th September 2017, 00:00a.m. | National

On September 9th and 10th in Sports HQ; Gymnastics Ireland ran the first of its  Level 3 coaching courses for Cycle 4: 2017 – 2020. The Level 3 coaching course combined both Women’s and Men’s Artistic coaches from a number of clubs across the country. The first weekend of this course was theory based and it provided coaches with the skills and understanding to support gymnasts through a competition training cycle.

Garrett Buckley – Education Manager who was in attendance said, “It was great to see so many coaches engage together throughout the weekend. The focus on this section of the course was to allow coaches to look at their skills to evaluate, analyse and implement a training plan using a wide range of tools that can be used within a club. The general feedback from the coaches on the course highlighted the importance of coaches being able to look at developing their understanding of planning and relevant theory on biomechanics, psychology, physical preparation, skill acquisition and skill development”.

Feedback from a coach attending the course – “This course was particularly excellent in terms of directly applying the theories and learning to the actual activities of our gymnasts. The use of sessions to apply the theory to our own situation, which is then built upon in the later sessions, achieved this very well”

In attendance over the weekend was Sally Johnson – Performance and Technical Manager who also highlighted the importance of detailed planning by coaches for gymnasts through a competition training cycle. “The learning outcomes of this course will help coaches to deliver the planning process and application of theoretical concepts through a methodological layer-by-layer approach. This change in culture and attention to detailed planning by Level 3 coaches within their clubs will have a huge impact on their gymnasts pathway to high performance”.

Coaches who attended this first part of the Level 3 course will now go on to complete the practical coaching modules for their specific discipline in November and December 2017.

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