A coaching programme will qualify Ballina jobseekers to train children in schools and sports centres around the county.
The ‘Goal to Work’ programme will run two days a week for 14 weeks. On completing the course, participants will be fully qualified GAA, rugby and soccer coaches. The course also offers modules in child protection, first aid, disability awareness and active leadership.
Speaking about the benefits of the programme, Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert said that this programme gives young people in Ballina a chance to develop themselves, boost their self-esteem and broaden their horizons. He pointed out that while there is an obvious health and fitness perspective, it is also a ‘positive, social’ way of training people.
The first Goal To Work programme took place last year. Many of the 12 jobseekers who took part gained some part time employment as a result.
Lambert said,“We did a pilot scheme last year … an FAI soccer programme, which was county based. We had 12 participants from all over the county from areas like Achill and Kilmovee. At least six of them secured part-time work after the course, while one participant recently secured a permanent job as an activities co-ordinator at Barnacarroll Sports Centre.”
Lambert continued, “A lot of these guys were manual workers who wouldn’t have been interested in mainstream academic courses like IT or computers. They wanted to do something practical, and sport is a great hook for getting them in and introducing them to a range of disciplines.”
This year’s course, Goal to Work 2, has built on the pilot initiative, expanding to offer a qualification in three sports GAA, rugby and soccer.
In addition, training will be provided on how to set up a business, information on further educational opportunities will be provided. Other modules will include IT, communication skills, progression routes and CV preparation.
Launching the programme Ballina Town Mayor Peter Clarke wished all the trainees well while also praising the collaboration between the various co-ordinating agencies such as Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo North East Leader Partnership and Mayo County Development Board.
For more information on Goal 2 Work, call Mary Glynn at Mayo North East Leader Partnership Company’s Knock Office on 094 9376627, or e-mail email@example.com.