Soccer Coaching & Education
Note: Course shadowing as part of work experience is available for this course.
If you want to be a soccer coach or improve your soccer skills this course is an excellent starting point to your career. It will provide you with a pathway to the leisure industry, also to gain professional coaching qualifications for employment in Ireland and abroad, and in particular coaching in the USA. Strength and conditioning components along with technical skill will be monitored closely as students’ progress throughout the course. The syllabus will cover a broad range of theoretical and practical components designed for the students to advance into higher education.
Facilities include a state of the art gym, a full size 3G Astro turf pitch and a professional quality grass soccer pitch on campus.
Students will compete in the various Colleges/ Universities cups and leagues throughout the year.
The CSN Soccer trip to Universities in America has been successful in securing scholarships in Universities in Florida, Carolina, Texas and Tennessee. This trip may be offered to students and is a once in a lifetime opportunity to play and experience some of the top sports facilities in the world.
QQI Level 5
Sports Recreation and Exercise
A current medical clearance certificate from a registered doctor must be presented at the interview.
- Applicants must have a Leaving Certificate (five passes in ordinary papers) which should include Maths and English.
- Mature applicants (over 21 years) without the Leaving Certificate entry requirements will be considered on the basis of experience and overall coaching/technical ability. Places are limited and will be allocated on the basis of suitability.
- All candidates will be interviewed.
The selection process will consist of 4 elements:
- An interview.
- A soccer skills practical.
- The provision of medical clearance from a doctor. (At interview).
- The provision of a letter of recommendation from a recognised club. (At interview).
The following subjects may be offered:
- Soccer Coaching Level 6
Students will learn the skills of soccer coaching.
- Soccer Coaching
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in technical, tactical, mental, physical, personal and lifestyle aspects of the game of soccer, to enable the learner to engage in planning and delivery of coaching sessions under appropriate supervision in the sport of soccer to participants between the ages of 6 and 12.
- Sport & Recreation Studies
This provides students with an overview and understanding of the sport, leisure and recreation industry.
- Exercise & Fitness
This subject is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge to assist in the delivery of safe and appropriate exercise and fitness programmes.
- Sports Anatomy &Physiology
This subject area provides the learner with an understanding of the working of the human body in sporting contexts.
The subject aims to provide the learner with a solid working knowledge of anatomy. It also introduces the principles of kinetic motion momentum and gravitational force in relation to their impact on movement as a musculo-skeletal event.
- Word Processing
This subject is designed to enable learners to develop their word processing skills. It assists understanding and application of word processing software and file management techniques.
Communication skills are highly valued in the workplace. This subject recognises that the acquisition of these skills is a life-long process, and central to personal, social and professional development.
- Work Experience
This subject provides the student with practical experience in a work environment.
- Soccer Coaching (FAI Kickstart 1/2)
- FAI 7V7, 4V4 small side games.
- Basic child awareness course
- Strength and Conditioning
- Employment within the leisure and fitness industry.
- Professional coaching/football facilitator/regional development officer.
- Soccer scholarship U.S.A./coaching within athletic departments.
- Professional/semi-professional career in soccer.
- Strength & conditioning coach/fitness instructor
- Summer camp coaching, Ireland & USA.
CSN Graduates who Received Scholarships to the USA
- Liam Collins: University of Memphis: Div 1
- John Dineen: University of Delaware: Div 1
- Stacey Paul: Tyler Junior College Texas: (NJCAA)
- Laura Thompson: Tyler Junior College Texas: (NJCAA)
- Darren O'Connor: University of Delaware: Div 1
- Eoin Conlon: Florida Southern College: Div 2
- Robert Milner: Auburn University at Montgomery: Div 1
- Greg Yelverton: UNC Ashville North Carolina: Div 1
- Damien O'Rourke: George Mason University: Div 1
- John Andrews: Martin Methodist College Tennessee: (NAIA)
Former CSN Students who have Represented Ireland
- Shane Long: Senior
- Denise O'Sullivan: Senior
- Amanda Parkes: Senior
- Shane Guthrie: U23
- Dennis Behan: U21
- Craig Duggan: Youth & Futsal
- Ray Lally: U18
- Timmy Kiely: U18
- Jamie Meehan: U18
- Colin P O Brien: U18
"The first thing I noticed about student-athlete life in the USA is how similar it was to my time at CSN. My daily schedule at CSN consisted of training on the pitch daily coupled with classroom work. The same can be said of university life in the USA. Earning a full scholarship to the states is not an easy achievement.
I believe my dedication to training and academics at CSN is one of the main reasons I eventually earned a place as a student-athlete at a division one collegiate facility as both work on the pitch and in the classroom are taken into account.
Every day I trained at least twice a day sometime three times if I went to the gym also. I challenged myself to bring the same high intensity to every session which I believed would pay off for me. I enjoyed the challenge and thrived on reaching goals set out for myself in terms of fitness and performance. I owe a lot to the coaching staff at CSN who helped me reach those goals and challenged my ambition every day.
On top of all that a high SAT score is also essential. Before I took my SATs I studied the material and earned a high score which ensured me of my place in the University. Thankfully, I had the chance to see and experience at first hand what it is like to be a student-athlete in the US through trips to the states with CSN as we competed against university teams and received tours of the facility. These trips were well organized in advance with a thoroughly professional approach on every detail by the staff which allowed us, the players, to get the most out of the trip. Aside from being a fantastic experience to compete against teams from another country, the social aspect of the trip made it even more memorable having met and played alongside (and against) players whom I am still in contact with to this day.
I played and studied in George Mason University for five years in a full scholarship earning a degree in teaching health and physical education. I have since returned to Ireland where I play in the Airtricity League and Teach at Galway Technical Institute."