Coaching Teenage Girls in Sport Workshop 

As part of Women in Sport Week, Cycling Ireland is running a Coaching Teenage Girls in Sport Workshop on Thursday 10th March from 6.30-9.30pm via Zoom delivered by Gary McKeegan. This workshop is aimed at sports coaches of teenage girls. 

The workshop costs €10 and you must be a member of Cycling Ireland to register. Full details about the course can be found below.

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This workshop is evidence-based and designed specifically to support coaches of teenage girls. Reflecting the importance of the coach-athlete relationship, and specifically the role of the coach in a young girl’s development, a strong emphasis is placed throughout the workshop on supporting coaches to identify and engage in effective coaching practice. This involves employing a positive and athlete-centred coaching framework, to support the development of the autonomy, capabilities, and sense of belonging that underpin lifelong engagement in sport and physical activity and the physical literacy journey of each girl.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the workshop and associated activities, learners will be able to:

Identify the key reasons why girls engage in physical activity and sport and why they drop out.

Gain an understanding of the relationship between physical activity participation and mental health for adolescent girls.

Understand the importance of communication (coach to girl and girl to girl) in retaining girls in sport.

Raise awareness around the effects maturation and puberty can have on females.

Identify the role of actual competence, perceived competence and confidence for engaging girls in sport and physical activity.

Examine coaching practices and communication that foster autonomy, confidence, and belonging in girls across team and individual sports.

Design environments that cater for relationships, connectedness and competition.


Who is it for?

The programme is aimed at sports coaches of teenage girls who are interested in creating a participant centred environment where the content and context of coaching is driven by the needs of the girls.

Coaches who attend the workshop should do so with an open mind to the content, share and discuss their experiences with other coaches and be prepared to grow their coaching practice.

Entry Requirements

This workshop is part of a series of workshops aimed at coaches working in the area of children and teenagers in sport. Although the workshops have been specifically designed for those working with teenage girls, coaches working with younger girls may also benefit from attendance

  • Ideally be actively coaching teenage girls
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • IELTS Level 6 or equivalent (for applicants that English isn’t their first language)
  • Have completed a Safeguarding workshop
  • Hold up-to date Garda vetting


The workshop is three hours and will take place on Thursday 10th March from 6.30pm - 9.30pm via Zoom. Cycling Ireland tutor, Gary McKeegan will deliver the workshop.