Swim Ireland are delighted to have partnered with Optimum Training to deliver Head Coach Development Programme.

Participants in the programme will be awarded a QQI Level 6 qualification in Leadership Skills, which will benefit your personal and professional development.

This programme is part funded through Sport Ireland's Club Resilience Funding, normal price €450, discounted to €200.


April 15, 2022

We recognise that being a head coach takes more than technical expertise. So much is expected of head coaches in clubs; as leaders and mentors, implementers of change, drivers of strategic and operational plans.

This programme is designed to equip head coaches with the knowledge, skills and competence in the principles and practice of Leadership within the business environment and to provide them with instruction in current best practice in leadership.

This Leadership programme is specifically designed to equip head coaches with the tools and methods which will enable them to perform effectively in the club environment and in everyday life in a variety of leadership roles.


April 15, 2022

Saturday 14 May 2022

Topic: Management vs. Leadership

Tutor: Paul Murtagh

Saturday 14 May 2022

Topic: Change Management

Tutor: Jill Tuite

Saturday 11 June 2022

Topic: Strategic Management/ Leadership

Tutor: Paul Murtagh

Saturday 18 June 2022

Topic: Communication Skills/ Presentation Skills

Tutor: Louise Burke

Saturday 2 July 2022

Topic: Leading High-Performance Teams

Tutor: Paul Dicker


April 15, 2022

Learner Record (40%)

Leadership Learner Reflection (80 Marks/ 40%)

Skills Demonstration (60%)

  • SD 1: Leadership Strategy – Planning Phase (20 Marks/ 10%)
  • SD 2:Leadership in Teams (60 Marks/ 25%)
  • SD 3: Leadership Presentation Task (60 Marks/ 25%)