Sunday 4 December 2016

Goal To Work scheme a big success in Mayo

Published 13/11/2015 | 02:30

Goal To Work attendees Emma Doyle, Matt Keegan and Mark Smith
Goal To Work attendees Emma Doyle, Matt Keegan and Mark Smith
St Brendan’s NS with Goal to Work's Ann Conlon and Connacht Rugby's Colm Tucker

The 2015 Mayo Sports Partnership Goal To Work scheme is already a huge success on the rugby front with three coaches being put through their paces in primary schools across the west of the county.

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Goal to Work is an exciting initiative originally piloted in Mayo in 2010 by Mayo County Development Board and includes a classroom-based learning component including a FETAC-accredited module in Occupational First Aid and also delivers accredited training in Child Protection in Sport, the accredited IRFU Stage 1 coaching course and a host of other training module.

The scheme aims to upskill participants in a number of off-field areas as well through specialist guest speakers on how to set up and manage your own business, enterprise opportunities, job readiness skills, personal development, building self-esteem and self-confidence, identification of personal progression options in employment, further education and training.

After a recent coaching session with the boys and girls of St Brendan's NS, Westport, Matt Keegan said: "I wanted to take a different direction with my career and this course is a great stepping stone to becoming a full-time coach"

While fellow attendee Emma Doyle added: "As a player with Castlebar RFC's Women's team, coaching is something I've always wanted to do and I'm really looking forward to increasing numbers in the women's game."

Mark Smith echoed the same sentiment: "I've always had a passion for coaching and being actively involved in the local community. I've been coaching with Westport RFC for the last four seasons and now I'm looking at a career change and this is definitely a great stepping stone along the way."

Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert said: "We are delighted once again to be involved in this worthwhile initiative which will progress participants on the road to future employment or training. But more importantly this training programme will improve people's quality of life in the West Mayo area."

Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme Co-ordinator Anne Conlon praised the work of Connacht Rugby and its continued involvement with the scheme: "This is the sixth delivery of this very successful training programme. We are delighted that Connacht Rugby have been involved in five deliveries and we look forward to continuing this relationship into the future."

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