Irish athletics takes ‘first steps’ move towards professionalising coaching

In attendance during a 2023 European Indoor Championships Team Ireland media morning are, from left, Athletics Ireland High Performance Support Coach Emmett Dunleavy, 800m runner John Fitzsimons, and Athletics Ireland Director of High Performance Paul McNamara

Cathal Dennehy

There’s both a cost and a value to high-level coaching, but for a long time those at the helm in Irish athletics were either unwilling or unable to acknowledge that. But that’s now set to change, with 10 leading coaches set to be contracted for their work in 2023 and a pot of €80,000 split between them.