Information on The Sporting Chance Programme

The “Sporting Chance” Programme



Contact Details

Kevin Smith, Co-Ordinator, National Learning Network, Clash,
Tralee, Co. Kerry, tel: (066) 7122533 or email:

What is The Sporting Chance Programme?

‘Sporting Chance’ is a ground-breaking new National training
programme to enable people with disabilities and others who
are marginalised to build careers as future coaches, leaders
and managers in the sports and leisure industry.

Course Aim

The programme has been specifically developed to assist participants
in gaining employment in the sports and leisure industry, or
progressing onto further training and education in this field.
Commencing with core FETAC and industry qualifications, additional
qualifications required for students to progress into opportunities
in their chosen field are delivered through an individual action
plan approach

Course Qualifications

· FETAC Health Related Fitness level 3 (level 4 and 5 where
applicable), · National Governing Body Coaching Awards · National
Certificate in Exercise (where applicable)· National pool lifeguard
qualification (where applicable) · Occupational First Aid

Course Schedule

The first half of the course will concentrate on an industry
overview combined with core modules and multi sport sampling,
the second half will focus on achieving National Governing Body
awards in area of specialisation


Employment and further education opportunities include· Sports
Coach· Health and Fitness Instruction· Pool lifeguard· Further
education (College, University)· Community sporting initiatives·
Sports coaching and organisation in the voluntary sector Course
Content · Sport and Recreation Studies · Exercise and Fitness
· Programme Design · Health Related Fitness · Coaching – Gaelic
Football, Soccer, Basketball Swimming etc (individual to each
learner) · Leisure Facility Operations · Outdoor Recreation
overview· Introduction to information technology· Communications·
Work Sampling· Health and Safety Training· Career planning and
job seeking skills

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be over 16 years of age and be eligible, or
currently, in receipt of a disability payment

Location and Accommodation

The National Learning Network Kerry’s centre in Tralee Co. Kerry, accommodation is not provided
but support in locating suitable options is available

Course Duration

August 2007 to December 2008


Please post or email a letter explaining your sporting interests
and achievements with contact details to the address above,
interviews will be taking place in August

Places Available




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