Michael Kennedy Becomes Ireland’s First Level Two Coach

Former national team player and captain, and current Ireland Lacrosse CEO Michael Kennedy has become the first person in Ireland to be awarded the Level 2 Coaching Qualification. Ireland Lacrosse ran its first Level 1 Coaching Qualification training programme in 2010 with the assistance of Paul Coups, National Education and Skills Manager with the English Lacrosse Association. Since that time, additional courses have been run and now there are more than 20 qualified Level 1 coaches. For the Level Two Coaching Qualification, the following elements are required:

• Completion of the Level 1 Qualification
• 2-day Level Two Training course
• 20 Hours of Coaching Experience logged in a Coaching Portfolio
• Certified First Aid Course
• Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshop training course (run by the Irish Sports Council)
• Certified Ireland Lacrosse Referee Qualification

Several other coaches are also getting close to satisfying the above requirements, including Irish national team Assistant
Coaches Sean Bodie and Colm Murphy, Ireland Lacrosse Indoor Lacrosse Development Director and current national
team player Sean Gibson, and Chairperson of the Irish Lacrosse League and current national team player and captain Paddy O’Leary.

Having Level 2 qualified coaches is a major step in the development of the Ireland Lacrosse Coach Training Programme. A Level 2 Coach is qualified to run the Level 1 training course, and the Coaching Development Committee (chaired by Director for Coaching Development Sean Bodie) is currently devising a Level 1 training course, which it will be seeking
to deliver to any members of Ireland Lacrosse interested in learning to coach, as well as school PE teachers interested in
introducing lacrosse into their schools. Further details of this training course will be posted in due course.

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