SC513 – Organisation of a Training Session for Juvenile Sport

Objective of the Course

The objective of this course is to ensure managers, coaches and team mentors working with juvenile teams, athlete and players:

  • Understands and appreciates the importance of the various elements that make-up a worthwhile training session.
  • Is aware of the critical emphasis that needs to be placed on the structure and ordering of the various phases or elements of the training session
  • That all juvenile coaches take cognisance of attention span of children at various levels of development.
  • Is conversant with the coaching methods used to organise the various elements of the training session to ensure that the maximum benefits possible accrue from the training stimulus.

The Course

This short course is designed to help managers, coaches and mentors working in juvenile sport an in-depth insight into the theory and practice of how to prepare and deliver a quality, beneficial and progressive training session to their teams, athletes or individual players.

The most important ingredient in any training session is not the actual training completed but the order in which it is done during the session. As the old song used to say: “It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it”. This implies that to ensure that players benefit by the training stimulus, the order in which the coach sets out the training session is the key to progression, development and improvement in the components of fitness the session set out to achieve. However in the case of children coaches must also ensure that a multilateral development is also implemented.

The course stresses the key skills children participating in sport need to develop as they mature from 6 to 12 years of age. It explains the need for fundamental motor skill learning, functional skill education and practice as well as the sport specific skills of their chosen sport.

The objective of this course is to educate the coach or manager in how to plan, order and deliver an effective training session so that young juvenile athletes or players will benefit to the highest level possible. However this course goes further by giving insights into the type of training that will make each section even more beneficial to the players.


This course will have over 2 hours of video talks and videos with exercise demonstration.

Course Topics

The course is divided into easy to follow topics which are listed below:

Topic 1 – Introduction to the Course

This topic introduces the course as well as it aims. objectives and the content of the various topics of the course.

Videos for this Topic: 2      Duration: 16 minutes 30 seconds

Topic 2 – The Importance of Planning for a Training Session

Planning is one of the most important aspects of conducting any training session and is of even greater importance in the case of  juvenile teams or individual athletes. The aim of this topic is to examine why each phase or section of the training session is important to the effectiveness of the training session as a unit. While training is aimed to help players become more skilful and physically fitter to play the game it should also aim to keep players interested and motivated, help them to avoid injury and be suitable for their present level of skill and fitness.

Videos for this Topic: 2      Duration: 16 minutes 30 seconds

Topic 3 – The Principles of a Training Session

The components of physical fitness for sport include skill, speed and agility, strength and power, stamina and flexibility. Each of these components is made up of various elements which the coach must also take into account when designing a training programme and when conducting a competent training session.This topic presents a suggested order in which each element of the session is ordered and gives the reasons behind the ordering process. 

Videos for this Topic: 2      Duration: 9 minutes

Topic 4 – The Importance of Attention Span

In this important topic looks at the concept of attention span of children in physical activity. It also provides an insight into both transient and selective sustained attention spans. It presents an easy way for coaches to calculate the attention span duration of the juveniles they are coaching and also examines some attention span difficulties as well as looking at distraction and its effect on the training session.

Videos for this Topic: 2      Duration: 7 minutes 

Topic 5 – Understanding the Warm-up

As the neuromuscular system is of much greater importance to most children and so there is a greater need for the inclusion movement patterns and joint activation exercises to prepare them for the training activity to follow; but also to prepare them for sports participation and sports performance later as teenagers and as adults. Thus this topic presents the warm-up to consist of movement variations, dynamic stretching and activation of the muscles that are used in movement patterns for sport.

Videos for this Topic: 2      Duration: up to 9 minutes 

Topic 6 – Fundamental Motor Skill Coaching

Initially this topic looks at the importance of Fundamental Motor Skill (FMS) learning for juvenile sport and examines the four groups of FMS. It also discusses gender and age difference in the motor skill learning development of the young. The topic also presents a very interesting survey of how a 6 week intervention programme of FMS can improve the movement and therefore the sport ability of 6 to 9 year olds. The topic ends by stressing the importance of general and generic training for children which is seen as providing a multilateral development programme for their benefit.

Videos for this Topic: 5      Duration: 27 minutes

Topic 7 – Functional Skill Coaching

Functional movement is related to the concept of balance in the body. By balance we mean the relationship between the muscles surrounding and protecting each joint in the body. The body is made of an alternating pattern of stability and mobility. So functional skill development is needed by the young sports person to develop better motor skills and eventually more accomplished sport specific skills. Functional skills are part of the FMS range of skills that help the body function to its capacity.

Videos for this Topic: 4      Duration: 10 minutes

Topic 8 – Speed in the Training Session

This important topic looks at the importance of understanding the Windows of Opportunity for Speed as children go through the first window of speed between the ages of 6 to 8 (girls) and 7 to 9 (boys) and therefore we need to understand the key approach to coaching speed to children. This topic addresses this issue as well as presenting some ideas for preparing children for speed development.

Videos for this Topic: 3      Duration: 13 minutes 

Topic 9 – Small-sided  Games

This topic defines small-sided games and looks at the objectives to be obtained by their use at training. It further emphasises the importance of one vs one in the skill learning environment. Small sided games benefits each child because it increases the ball touch/play opportunities as well as proving increased participation and enjoyment for all the young sports people.

Videos for this Topic: 1      Duration: 5 minutes 

Topic 10 – Understanding the Cool-down

This topic defines cool-down as “a period of low impact or slower exercise following a more intense workout to allow the body to gradually return to its normal physiological level” and presents the three important elements in all cool-downs which includes gentle cardiovascular exercise such as running or jogging, some stretching activities and some basic recovery strategies can be carried out in the dressing room environment.

Videos for this Topic: 2      Duration: 9 minutes 

Topic 11 – Understanding Skills

This final topic presents course participants with background content relating to the various types of skills that children develop as they grow and mature from the age of 2 to 12. It begins by looking at the rudimentary skills ( 2 to 5 years), the Fundamental Motor Skills (5 to 8 years) Fundamental or Common Sport Skills (8 to 12) and finally Sports Specific skills from 12 years of age upwards.

Videos for this Topic: 2      Duration: 10 minutes

Course fee

Te fee for this course is €39.95.

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