Coach Sport

Coach sport

There are many opportunities to get involved in sport as a volunteer sports coach during your time in DCU. DCU Sports Clubs recruit volunteer coaches for all levels of coaching sessions from beginners to elite. DCU recognises the important role that coaches play in DCU Sports Clubs. We also recognise how the volunteer coach can develop on both a personal and professional level as well as gaining invaluable coaching experience and competencies and skills.  DCU Club Life Committee (CLC) recognises the value of volunteer coaches and provides rewards, support and developmental opportunities.


Student Sport Ireland - Women’s Student Coaching Academy (WSCA)
DCU Sports & Wellbeing and DCU Clubs & Socs are delighted to introduce the Student Sport Ireland - Women’s Student Coaching Academy.  This exciting initiative is an opportunity for 5 female students in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Soccer or Rugby to develop as sports coaches and to avail of benefits that include:

 - a mentor coach in their respective sport

 - a coaching qualification provided by their respective NGB

 - networking days with the WSCA members

 - WSCA kit

The closing date for applications is Friday the 8th of October 2021. Full details and application form can be found here.

For further information on the Women’s Student Coaching Academy (WSCA) please contact


Developmental Opportunities for Student Coaches
Student coaches are deemed to be volunteer coaches and are unpaid positions. Upon request to the CLC, a development fund may be allocated to the volunteer coach to enhance the individual’s coaching qualification. The student’s year of study, potential contribution to their DCU club and relevance of coaching qualifications will be taken into account.


Award for Excellence in Coaching
Coaches may be nominated by their respective sports clubs for an Award for Excellence in Coaching at the annual DCU Club & Society Awards. The award is open to paid and volunteer coaches that have displayed evidence of supporting increase/sustained participation, evidence of improving performers and /or team, contribution to the wider community, involvement in external events, current coaching qualifications and additional personal development undertaken and mentoring and developing other coaches..

If you would like to discuss how you can get involved as a Volunteers Sports Coach contact Yvonne McGowan, Senior Sports Development Officer, e-mail


Useful Resources:

Coaching Ireland

Why become a Coach

How do I become a qualified coach

Sport Ireland Coaching Factsheets

BUCS Volunteer Coaching Guide for Students