Express your passion for angling and become involved
Contribute to the well-being of others and feel good yourself
Develop the skills of our juniors, vulnerable adults and performance teams
Improve peoples enjoyment, their motivation and health
Help others achieve their goals
The Importance of Coaching
We recognise the importance of coaching in the future of our sport and as members of the Angling Council of Ireland, ACI we are able to deliver a programme to our members.
The ACI worked hard to bring angling in line with other national sports and delivered the first recognised all discipline angling coaching programme for Ireland. Recognised by the Irish Sports Council and Sports Northern Ireland the courses introduce coaching strategies developed by Coaching Ireland with the ACI.
Recognition of angling as a sport by the Irish Sports Council and Sports Northern Ireland gives the ACI a base for negotiation with official bodies on issues that relate to angling. The structured coaching approach delivered by the tutors mean that future generations of anglers will be coached in a manner that will benefit the angler and the sport. The individual angler can now use the angler pathway to be coached to whatever level of participation they so wish.
The courses are subsidised for NCFFI members meaning we can deliver to our members for the low cost of €20 at Introductory level, usual cost €100 and free Garda vetting is included. In fact the vetting process is available free of charge for all our members.
Current Education Programme
Introductory Level Coaching Course
This provides you with the entry disciplines required to supervise anglers of all ages on the bank.
We open debate on adult learning styles, motivation and the role of the coach. The concept of structured learning, reflection and feedback systems is introduced along with sessions on child and vulnerable adults welfare, disability and health & safety.
Coach Professional Development Training CPD – Coaching Anglers with a Disability
Essential for the safe supervision of the less able and those with special needs.
Coach Professional Development Training CPD – Water Safety Training
Another must have for those supervising events by or on the water. In the morning we are in the classroom and cover sessions on risk assessment & management including a detailed review of buoyancy aids. The afternoon is on the bank and covers defensive swimming, throw rope rescue and safe wading protocols.
Level One Programme
Only coaches with a track record of participation in angling coaching who carry out the Coach Professional Training CPD will be considered for this advance level course.
Over the three days the candidate will be required to prepare and deliver structured programmes of coaching. The demands of the theory syllabus will be best met by experienced practising coaches.
Our coaching programmes are certified by Coaching Ireland. The GAA, FAI, IRFU all work with Coaching Ireland along with 60 other sports against which the coaching programmes are benchmarked.
The ACI together with Coaching Ireland have agreed a mechanism for recognition of coaching qualifications certified outside the state. Across the EU national coaching bodies have their qualifications benchmarked. Coaching Ireland and First 4 Sport in the UK are two such bodies.
For more information visit the Angling council website here
Safeguarding Children in Angling
Whether or not you wish to take up the coaching pathway we recommend Garda/PSNI vetting for all but it is essential to all persons with access to children and vulnerable adults and those making decisions regarding the welfare of children at local, regional and national level.
Gara vetting is arranged via the Angling Council of Ireland and Der Casey who is an authorised signatory with the Garda Vetting unit. Complimentary vetting is available to all those resident in Ireland and is valid for a period of five years.
For those resident in Northern Ireland Angling NI is the registered body for completing applications which are free of charge to all club members within the Ulster Coarse Fishing Federation, the provincial council of the NCFFI. Applications are made on-line. Please refer to the guidance notes provided below and follow the link to Angling NI for further details. Please note that you will be required to open an account and supply a PIN.
Download the guidance notes to support your application here
Download your application form here
For our members resident in Northern Ireland. Download instructions on how to apply here.