In November 2021, the first of its kind coaching certificate will launch with coaches across Cycling Ireland, Athletics Ireland, Swim Ireland and Triathlon Ireland in partnership with The Well-HQ.
The “Training Midlife Women Coaching Certificate” will be delivered by The Well HQ, who are dedicated to all females and those who support them, from puberty to menopause. They work to educate and empower women, so they can become active and use exercise as one of the solutions to help alleviate symptoms of female health issues.
The aim of the “Training Midlife Women Coaching Certificate” is to provide coaches with the knowledge, expertise and support they need to train midlife women properly, ensuring longevity in our sports. This programme is about females, not for females so we encourage both male and female candidates to apply!
Providing an environment in which mid-life women feel welcome is a no-brainer when it comes to sport. The health benefits alone are undeniable, and the evidence is there to show that midlife women are keen to be active – yet just under a third of women drop off from physical activity during menopause. Menopause is something that will impact a female’s life at some point. As NGBs, it is important that we raise awareness to the topic and provide training to our male and female coaches so they can support females in their respective sports.
Nora Stapleton, Sport Ireland Women in Sport Lead added,
“The work being carried out by Sport Ireland under its Policy on Women in Sport crosses over many topics, with supporting and increasing physical activity in women and girls a key target area. Sport Ireland have identified a need for better knowledge, research and support for midlife women when it comes to exercise and so we welcome the collaboration from the four sports in creating this programme for coaches"
Co-Founder of The Well Baz Moffat says:
“This project is just the start of some exciting work going on in Ireland right now focusing on supporting girls and women to do more sport and exercise. The midlife woman is often ignored in many settings. I am really looking forward to working with these coaches to help them understand this inevitable life stage and give them an evidence-based approach to working with midlife women, which they can use in their clubs straight away”
Limited spaces are available onto the course and will be awarded via an application process. Successful candidates from all four sports will come together to learn from Doctor’s, Exercise Physiologists, Coaches and Nutritionists from The Well to understand how best to support women through this life stage.
The 12 week programme will take place between 3rd November 2021 – 9th February 2022 and incudes a biweekly 90-minute webinar from 8pm -9.30pm (online via zoom), covering the following six modules:
1. Menopause 101 (3/11/21)
2. Pelvic Heath (16/11/21)
3. Facilities and Kit (1/12/22)
4. Nutrition (11/1/22)
5. Training Midlife Women (24/1/22)
6. Putting it all together (9/2/22)
Cycling Ireland are using Sport Ireland Women In Sport funding to heavily subsidise the cost of this course to just €70 (usually costing €470) for successful candidates.
• Cycling Ireland Membership
• Coaching qualification
• Up to date Safeguarding and Garda / NI Vetting
• Be aged 18yrs or over
• Must attend all 6 sessions
• Must actively coach/teach in their clubs/community
Application form available here.
Limited places are available on the course and applications are open from Monday October 11th to Monday October 25th (5pm).
Check out the "Training Midlife Women" brochure here.
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org