Behind every Great Player is a Great Coach. We have many dedicated Squash Coaches in Ireland who work hard to improve the standard of play in Irish Squash and help to grow and develop the game. As a Squash Coach the success and popularity of the game in Ireland is directly related to your success.
Under the Children First Act 2015 (ROI) and the Children (NI) Order and Cooperating to Safeguarding Children and Young People 2017, all coaches are required to complete safeguarding training. Coaches in the Republic of Ireland are required to attend a Safeguarding 1 Basic Awareness workshop. This can be applied for through your Local Sports Partnership. (Search – Local Sports Partnership/safeguarding) and in Northern Ireland, Sport NI also provide the required training (contact your local council sports development officer for advice on accessing training).
Under the same legislation ALL coaches are required to be vetted.
For those resident or working in Ireland this is done through the National Vetting Bureau (NVB). For those resident or working in Northern Ireland this is done through Access NI (ANI).
The National Vetting Bureau and Access NI applications are processed through an online system. There are differences in each system and both require a paper form to validate your identification. This is a legal requirement. Parent/Guardian consent is required for applicants aged 16 or 17 years old.
The application forms also contain instructions for completion so read through carefully before applying to make sure you have all the correct information to hand and know the process before you proceed. See here – https://www.irishsquash.com/garda-vetting/
Coaching is a rewarding and fun way to be involved with Squash – coaching helps improve player enjoyment as well as their performance in the game. Newcomers can be introduced to a fantastic new sport that will keep them fit and healthy for life. Full time professional coaching is also financially rewarding if organised well – and it can provide a good business with flexible hours and good holidays.
Are you interested in Coaching Squash in your club or community? Are you an existing coach with a previous qualification? Are you a competent Squash Player? If you feel you would like to work with beginners and club players as a Squash Coach – Irish Squash run a number of coach development programs that train you to become a professional squash coach.
It is a requirement of Irish Squash and WSF that candidates who wish to attend the WSF Level 2 course must first complete the WSF Level 1 programme. Full details about these courses can be found HERE under ‘Coach/Dev’.
Irish Squash courses are supported by the World Squash Federation and delivered by WSF and Coaching Ireland certified tutors. The courses certified by Coaching Ireland fit on the Irish and European coach education framework. Information about the Coaching Development Programme for Ireland (CDPI) can be found HERE on the Coaching Ireland website.
As with all Coaching Qualifications – on successful course completion you will be required to complete a vetting procedure and complete the Ethics in Sports course in order to become a registered coach. All potential participants for courses need to be members of Irish Squash to apply for a place.