Training & Development

The AUC is committed to developing and delivering training resources and opportunities for volunteer club members to improve and build on the skills and knowledge required to lead sport in UCD. Throughout each year training opportunities are provided to club members, coaches and committee members to support the effective running of the club and to develop the students’ skill base in a variety of areas. Details of these excellent training opportunities can be found by clicking on the Key Training Opportunities section. We will communicate these opportunities via e-mail and through our online calendar. Funding, via a course subsidy, for sport specific training courses can be applied for, details of how you can access a subsidy is outlined in our Funding For Courses and Training section.

 

For me, joining the trampoline club was one of the best things I did when I joined college. I was immediately struck by the sense of family among the members. The coaches are always so supportive and working with you towards your goals and the committee works so hard to ensure everyone feels welcomed into the club. I've definitely made friends for life in this club and met people I never would have had the chance to meet otherwise. I've been able to learn and successfully complete skills that I had previously only dreamt of doing. We train hard and we play hard - but no matter what do or where we go, we do it together.

Emily 3rd Year, UCD Trampoline

 

The AUC Training Provision policy forms part of the AUC’s Strategic priorities for 2020-2024, specifically under the pillar of Volunteerism and Support Services. In this regard the AUC is committed to continuing to develop and deliver training resources and opportunities for volunteer club members to equip them with the skills and knowledge to lead sport in UCD. Training relevant to all clubs such as First Aid, safeTALK, will be run on an annual basis. In addition to the club officer training that takes place yearly, the AUC also offers many other development initiatives as well as funding towards courses that assist in the effective running of clubs etc. 

 

Purpose of the policy

  • To ensure that club committees are supported and enabled to effectively run their UCD club.
  • To highlight the training opportunities available to members of UCD sports clubs.
  • To provide information on how a club or club member can access these training opportunities.

 

Scope of the Policy

  • This policy applies to members of all UCD sports clubs affiliated to the AUC. It is envisaged that the uptake of these opportunities will derive from club members who are actively participating in their club as a player, coach, volunteer or committee member. 

Training Opportunities (As provided by the AUC)

Individual UCD Sport clubs have very similar requirements with regards to their operations and continuing development. On that basis many training opportunities will be relevant to all clubs. With this in mind the AUC offers a variety of training to ensure that all clubs are equipped with the knowledge and the skills to effectively run and develop their club. The following areas have been identified as being suitable for all clubs:

 

Mandatory

      • Club Officer Training (completed by at least one committee member per club) (Sept 6th, 2021) * Online. Must be completed by October 15th, 2021.
      • Safeguarding 1 (September 6th, 13th, 20th, October 5th, 6th, 20th, 28th, Nov 9th, 10th, 2021) * Courses online
      • Emergency First Aid (Each club must have a qualified first aider) (Oct 16th, 2021)
      • Safety Session (Sept 6th, 2021) * Online. Must be completed by October 15th, 2021.
      • Concussion Breakdown Course (September 6th, 2021) * Online. Must be completed by October 15th, 2021.
      • GDPR (TBC 2021/2022)

Recommended 

Other Training & Development Opportunities:

  • safeTALK (October 6th, 2021)
  • Social Media & PRO Workshop (TBC 2021/2022)
  • LIFT Leadership Programme (Facilitator Training)
  • LIFT Leadership Programme (Roundtables Participant)

** In person training and development opportunities are subject to government restrictions allowing these to proceed on these dates**

 

Club Management Modules:

Club members seeking to get involved in the organisation of their respective club may be interested in the taking some of the following modules on offer in 2021/2022:

  • SCI10050 - Club & Sport Management
  • SCI20030 - Community, Volunteering and Leadership

These modules are a great opportunity for you to build on your knowledge base whilst at the same time helping your club to run effectively.

Should you wish to register for these module you can do so via SIS, where full information on the module content, assessments procedure, eligibility etc. is provided.

(For a full list of modules available check http://www.ucd.ie/students/electives.html

 

Training Opportunities (Provided by third party, funding may be provided)

The AUC recognises that in some cases the club's needs are unique, with that in mind the AUC believes that it is the club itself that is best placed to identify the sport specific course/s required to support the achievement of its aims. Examples of these courses include:

  • Remote Emergency Care
  • Coaches/Instructor Courses
  • Officiating Courses
  • Safety/maintenance related Courses e.g. Manual Handling, AED, Fire Extinguisher Training.

 

FAQ's 

How will clubs be informed about these training resources?

  • A calendar outlining when the courses/seminars will run and details of the course will be available on the UCD Sport website.
  • UCD sports clubs will also be informed via e-mail, the club should then distribute the e-mail to it’s members (where applicable).

How can I book a training course provided by the AUC?

  • Bookings are made, via e-mail to Paula Cashman (paula.cashman@ucd.ie).
  • Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
  • For the mandatory course only one member of each club can attend (with the exception of the Club Officer Training night, where a minimum of one member must attend), unless places on the course remain available.
  • For the recommended courses booking procedures vary per course and will be e-mailed to the clubs.

How can I book a training course provided by a third party?

  • It is the responsibility of the member/club to book the individual onto the training course provided by the NGB or awarding body, the NGB or Awarding Body's booking procedures for the course apply.
  • Where the course is being run on behalf of the AUC, booking procedures will be sent to the club/s.

Can I apply for Funding for a training course provided by a third party?

  • Applications are made for individual club members whose form must be signed by the respective club President/Chairperson or Captain (where the position of President / Chairperson does not exist).
  • Applications forms can be downloaded here Training Subsidy Form 2021-2022.
  • Your application will only be considered if the completed application is returned, via e-mail to Paula Cashman (paula.cashman@ucd.ie) by the 30th of October 2021.
  • Applications received after the closing date will be reviewed under the availability of finance at the time and the criteria above. These will be adjudicated on a first come first served basis.
  • It is the club/members responsibility to book and pay for the course. Subsidy will be paid upon successful completion of the course and on the agreement of volunteering within the club or local community within an agreed timeframe (agreed on an individual basis between the AUC, the respective UCD Club and the individual). Please be specific about the exact details of the proposed commitment.

Criteria for receiving a subsidy

  • The chosen course must be from a recognised awarding body.
  • The chosen course must reflect the clubs sport.
  • The club must demonstrate the need for the club to have a club member obtain the qualification.
  • There must be a benefit to the club/local community for a member to attend (e.g. member commits to coach a team on a voluntary basis X amount of times, or the course is a requirement for the club to train/compete or the course covers important safety aspects for the club).
  • Where multiple applications from the same club are received for the same course, the club will asked to prioritise, unless the course is a requirement of their NGB.
  • Evidence from the NGB / Awarding body of the course cost and content must be submitted with the application.
  • Those attending must be fully paid up members of the club and continue to meet AUC membership criteria. 
  • In some cases applications from club coaches engaged on a voluntary capacity with a UCD club may be considered.
  • In some cases retrospective claims may be considered, depending on the availability of funding, however only applications that include future commitments to the club or local community will be considered.

Conditions

  • A report on the benefits for the club as a result of the subsidised course attendance and completion must be provided before the final drawdown of the subsidy is made.
  • Additional conditions specific to the subsidy may be outlined.
  • Following assessment successful applicants will be notified and may be requested to provide receipts and/or other relevant documentation in order to facilitate payment. On receipt of all documentation arrangements will be made for payment directly to the club's bank account. It is the responsibility of the club to reimburse the member.

 

Details of Training And Development Opportunities 2021/2022

 

* In person courses are subject to government restrictions allowing these to proceed**

 

September 2021

 

September 6th - Safeguarding 1 (6-9pm, online via Zoom)

UCD Sport in Partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership have organised this Safeguarding 1 course which will educate participants on the implementation of best practice on protecting the welfare of children involved in Sport.

PLEASE NOTE EACH CLUB MUST ENSURE THE CHILDREN'S OFFICER AND ALL COACHES AND/OR LEADER OF THEIR CLUB HAS ATTENDED THE SAFEGUARDING 1 COURSE.

 

September 6th - Club Officer Training (Online) 

** Must be completed by October 15th, 2021.

This is an extremely important and relevant yearly training event, each club must have at least one representative present but ideally all new committee members attend.  In order to assist with the effective running of your club the following key areas are covered, including:

1. UCD Sport

2. UCD Athletic Union Council

3. Club Banking

4. Club Health and Safety

5. Club Membership

6. Club Grant Application

7. Club Coaching Payments

8. UCD Sports Facility Usage

9. Other UCD Sports Facilities

10. Club Training and Development

11. Club Participation

12. Club Communications

13. GDPR For Sports Clubs

14. Other Relevant Policies and Procedures

 

September 6th - Safety Session (Online)

** Must be completed by October 15th, 2021.

All club Safety Officers must complete this online Safety Session.

A 60 minute overview of the UCD club safety statement requirements covering topics such as why UCD requires clubs to complete safety documentation; the UCD Sports Club Safety Manual template and how to complete it; key questions to consider when managing sports club safety and risk assessments in UCD.

 

September 6th - Concussion Breakdown Course (Online) 

Concussion is a traumatic brain injury that carries serious health risks, which are increased when managed incorrectly. Suitable for all sports this workshop enables you to understand and manage this complex injury safely. This workshop is delivered online by the Concussion Coach. This is a MANDATORY course, at least one club member from each club must complete this course on or before October 15th 2021

 

September 13th - Safeguarding 1 (6-9pm, online via Zoom)

UCD Sport in Partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership have organised this Safeguarding 1 course which will educate participants on the implementation of best practice on protecting the welfare of children involved in Sport.

PLEASE NOTE EACH CLUB MUST ENSURE THE CHILDREN'S OFFICER AND ALL COACHES AND/OR LEADER OF THEIR CLUB HAS ATTENDED THE SAFEGUARDING 1 COURSE.

 

September 20th - Safeguarding 1 (6-9pm, Online via Zoom)

UCD Sport in Partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership have organised this Safeguarding 1 course which will educate participants on the implementation of best practice on protecting the welfare of children involved in Sport.

PLEASE NOTE EACH CLUB MUST ENSURE THE CHILDREN'S OFFICER AND ALL COACHES AND/OR LEADER OF THEIR CLUB HAS ATTENDED THE SAFEGUARDING 1 COURSE.

 

October 2021

 

October 5th - Safeguarding 1 (6-9pm, Online via Zoom) 

UCD Sport in Partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership have organised this Safeguarding 1 course which will educate participants on the implementation of best practice on protecting the welfare of children involved in Sport.

PLEASE NOTE EACH CLUB MUST ENSURE THE CHILDREN'S OFFICER AND ALL COACHES AND/OR LEADER OF THEIR CLUB HAS ATTENDED THE SAFEGUARDING 1 COURSE.

 

October 6th 2020 - safeTALK (6-9pm, Red Room)

safeTALK is a 3 hour suicide alertness course. The objectives of the course are to equip participants with the information, skills and confidence to identify someone that might be at risk of suicide, ask directly about suicide, listen and link that person to someone equipped with additional skills to create a safeplan. Priority will be given to UCD Club coaches and committee members, if spaces on the course become available remaining club members can also book in.

 

October 6th - Safeguarding 1 (6-9pm, Online via Zoom)

UCD Sport in Partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership have organised this Safeguarding 1 course which will educate participants on the implementation of best practice on protecting the welfare of children involved in Sport.

PLEASE NOTE EACH CLUB MUST ENSURE THE CHILDREN'S OFFICER AND ALL COACHES AND/OR LEADER OF THEIR CLUB HAS ATTENDED THE SAFEGUARDING 1 COURSE.

 

October 16th - First Aid (8.50-4pm, Astra Hall)

This one day course covers a comprehensive range of topics to prepare participants to administer first aid care. Participants will learn a high level of practical skills so they can deal with situations when they arise. The course has a major emphasis on dealing with accident/injuries that occur in a sporting context. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance from Safety Ireland.

PLEASE NOTE EACH CLUB MUST HAVE AT LEAST 1 MEMBER OF THEIR CLUB WHO IS FIRST AID QUALIFIED.

 

Oct 20th Safeguarding 1 (6-9pm, Online via Zoom)  

UCD Sport in Partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership have organised this Safeguarding 1 course which will educate participants on the implementation of best practice on protecting the welfare of children involved in Sport.

PLEASE NOTE EACH CLUB MUST ENSURE THE CHILDREN'S OFFICER AND ALL COACHES AND/OR LEADERS OF THEIR CLUB HAS ATTENDED THE SAFEGUARDING 1 COURSE.

 

Oct 28th Safeguarding 1 (6-9pm, Online via Zoom)  

UCD Sport in Partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership have organised this Safeguarding 1 course which will educate participants on the implementation of best practice on protecting the welfare of children involved in Sport.

PLEASE NOTE EACH CLUB MUST ENSURE THE CHILDREN'S OFFICER AND ALL COACHES AND/OR LEADERS OF THEIR CLUB HAS ATTENDED THE SAFEGUARDING 1 COURSE.

 

 

November 2020

 

November 9th - Safeguarding 1 (6-9pm, Online via Zoom) 

UCD Sport in Partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership have organised this Safeguarding 1 course which will educate participants on the implementation of best practice on protecting the welfare of children involved in Sport.

PLEASE NOTE EACH CLUB MUST ENSURE THE CHILDREN'S OFFICER AND ALL COACHES AND/OR LEADER OF THEIR CLUB HAS ATTENDED THE SAFEGUARDING 1 COURSE.

 

November 10th - Safeguarding 1 (6-9pm, Online via Zoom)

UCD Sport in Partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership have organised this Safeguarding 1 course which will educate participants on the implementation of best practice on protecting the welfare of children involved in Sport.

PLEASE NOTE EACH CLUB MUST ENSURE THE CHILDREN'S OFFICER AND ALL COACHES AND/OR LEADER OF THEIR CLUB HAS ATTENDED THE SAFEGUARDING 1 COURSE.

 

2022

 

TBC 2022 - Social Media and PRO Training (Venue & date tbc)

During this workshop Marcus Ó Buachalla, Communications Manager for Leinster Rugby, will give an overview of Leinster Rugby’s social media and discuss what an effective social media plan should look like.

 

TBC 2022 - GDPR (Venue & date tbc) 

In May 2018 a new EU wide law, the General Data Protection Legislation (GDPR) came into force. GDPR strengthens individual’s rights in respect to their personal data held by organisations. Consequently, this affects all sporting organisation. To ensure all UCD Sports clubs are aware of what key data privacy measures are required to be compliant with legislation, we are holding a MANDATORY practical information seminar.


It is mandatory that at least one committee member from your club attends, the seminar is of particular interest to the person responsible for managing membership information.

 

TBC 2022 - LIFT Leadership Programme (Facilitator Training)

The AUC has partnered once again with Leading Irelands Future Together (LIFT) Ireland to provide a peer led programme to club members aimed at improving their leadership skills. Club members can attend Facilitator training which will equip them with the skills and knowledge to deliver small group roundtables to UCD sports club members. Each roundtable covers one of eight key leadership themes. Facilitators must host 8 roundtables sessions over a minimum of 8 weeks, roundtables last approx. 45 minutes.

 

TBC 2022 - LIFT Leadership Programme (Roundtables Participant)

At each LIFT Ireland roundtable club members reflect on a leadership theme, what it means to them and how they could improve. Roundtables normally last for 40 minutes with 4-5 club members in attendance. Sessions are weekly and run over a minimum of 8 weeks. The programme supports participants to develop leadership skills on an ongoing basis on and off the sporting field.

 

For information on training and development opportunities that took place in 2019-2020 please click here T & D 2020-21 

For information on training and development opportunities that took place in 2019-2020 please click here T & D 2019-2020

For information on training and development opportunities that took place in 2018-2019 please click here T & D 2018-19
For information on training and development opportunities that took place in 2017-2018 please click here T & D 2017-2018

For Information on training and development opportunities that took place in 2016-2017 please click here T & D '16/17.

Resources 2020-2021

How to Series - Uploading an U-18 Member (PDF) Click here for video

How to Series - Grant Form (PDF) Click here for video

How to Series - Coach/Manager/Instructor/Leader (PDF) Click here for video

How to Series - Event Guide (PDF) Click here for video

 

Personal Development From UCD Careers Network

5 Minutes on UCD Careers Network

5 Minutes on Effective Applications

5 Minutes on Interview Skills

 

Resources 2019-2020  

GDPR Presentation March 2020

 

 

Resources 2018-2019

GDPR Presentation

AUC Club Training Night Presentation 2018

Social Media & PRO Workshop

Disability Factsheet (by Cara)

 

Resources 2017-2018

 

Club Officer Training Presentation 2017/18

Work Smarter Not Harder With The Power Of Google Cloud

Seminar Series 2017-2018

Seminar 1 - Making The Most of Your Sporting Experience To Get The Job You Want

Making The Most Of Your Sporting Experience To Get The Job you Want

Seminar 2 - Membership Retention

Teneo PSG Digital Media Presentation November 23rd 2017

Peter Smyth (Sport Ireland) Seminar Presentation November 23rd 2017

 

Resources 2016-2017

Seminar Series 2016/2017

Seminar 1  - Gambling Addiction and Sport

Rutland Centre Presentation 

Gambling Sport & The GAA - Colin Regan

Seminar 2 - CV Seminar - How to Make The Most of Your "On The Field" Skills

Showcasing Your Skills - UCD Career Development Centre

Seminar 3 - Child Protection in Sport 

Sport Ireland Safeguarding Presentation

Ensuring a Safe Environment For Your Club

Child Protection in Sport Clubs - Your Legal Obligation

Sport Ireland Safeguarding 1  Online Refre‌sher

Seminar 4 - Sports Psychology & Nutrition

Sports Psychology

Sports Nutrition  

Seminar 5 - Playing the interview game: How to stand out from the competition!

Interviewing

Further resources for job applications, interview preparation etc. can be found here.

Seminar 6 - Coaching and Learning Cultures

Coaching & Learning Cultures Presentation

 

Sports Inclusion Workshop

Sports Inclusion Workshop

 

UCD Sport Club Officer Training

Club Officer Training Night Presentation

 

National Dairy Council and Sport Ireland Institute

Sports Nutrition Handbook