Course Overview

Are you a committed Sports Coach/Manager?

  • Do you want to make a real difference to player and athlete performance?
  • Do you want to develop the skills required to motivate your players and athletes to achieve full potential?
  • Do you want to improve your coaching style?
  • Do you want an accredited award for your Coaching Skills?

Then NUI Galway has the course for you! This course enables those with sports coaching roles to acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills in coaching for performance improvement.

Applications and Selections

Apply Online
For information on 2019 dates for this course contact;

Berna Morgan
Tel: 091 494055



Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

This Foundation Diploma runs frequently throughout the year in various locations around Ireland and includes:

  • Attendance at two 2-day workshops that focus on providing practical face-to-face coaching practice on real performance issues
  • Open learning material with practical activities directly related to your players or athletes
  • Submission of a reflective journal after each workshop and an assignment*

*You will be required to complete an assignment for submission to NUI Galway for assessment. The assignment relates to material covered in the modules and emphasises the practical application of this course material to work situations. You will be given written feedback on the assignment.



Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants typically have appropriate experience in a training or educational organisation and are in a position to undertake assignments and work-based projects relating to practical aspects of training or education.

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). 

Additional Requirements


12 weeks, part-time

Next start date


A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

NFQ level


Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting



Foundation Diploma in Performance Sports Coaching


Course code

Course Outline

This course focuses on practical ways of improving performance in the field of sport. The emphasis is on developing the skills you require for effective face-to-face coaching aimed at enhancing individual sports performance. You will learn how to:

  • Apply the key skills of an effective performance improvement coach to your practice
  • Conduct performance gap analysis
  • Develop your own coaching style
  • Design and set performance standards
  • Apply an effective model of coaching for performance improvement

Further Education


Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities


Who’s Suited to This Course

This course is suited to:

  • Sports coaches
  • Sports mentors
  • Sports managers
  • Coaches/managers who have responsibility to ensure performance standards are achieved

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€850 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€1,350 p.a.

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2018_19 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Course Administrator

Adult Training and Education Studies
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
Nuns' Island, Galway
Tel: 091 494055


Derek Rogers |   Student

I would like to thank the sports unit of NUIG for providing a great course .The Performance Sport Coaching course was a great experience, it gave me a more detailed view on how sport can be viewed .The tutor was excellent and provided great documented information that we can always go back on .The vast experience of the coaches in the room was amazing .We spent a lot of time listening to their experience and from this alone I learned a lot. I would highly recommend coaches from all sports to attend this four day course.