IABA’s reformed and revitalised Coach Education pathway takes a vital first step this week, with the holding of the inaugural FUNdamentals: Assistant Coach course.
The FUNdamentals course has been developed to meet Sport Ireland coach education standards in a collaboration between the Officer Board of Central Council, IABA Staff and veteran club coaches as members of the IABA Coach Education Committee. Members include National Secretary, Antoinette Fay McClean, IABA National Club Development Manager, James Geraghty, Committee Chairperson, Michael Hawkins of Holy Trinity Boxing Club, Belfast, Coach Tutor, Gus Farrell of Monivea Boxing Club and IABA’s Bridget Scott.
FUNDamentals, when paired with Garda Vetting/Access NI and relevant safeguarding training, will enable club coaching, acting as first corner in club, county, or provincial bouts. Fundamentals qualified coaches can sit at second corner in National Championships.
The first group of new coaches will sit the course on Saturday at the National Stadium, and will become the first new boxing coaches to qualify since early 2020.
The Coach Education Committee is tasked with assisting and advising the IABA’s Board of Directors in its functions relating to the development of coaching and coaches The committee held it inaugural meeting in October and the minutes are available here:
IABA Coach Education Committee:
Micheal Hawkins (Holy Trinity Boxing Club, Belfast) Chair
Antoinette Fay McClean (Dungarvan Boxing Club, Waterford) IABA National Secretary.
Gus Farrell, (Monivea Boxing Club, Galway) IABA Coach Tutor.
Staff members – National Development Manager, James Geraghty & Bridget Scott