Your club will need to identify members who are willing and able to lead or coach other members in training, national and International competition. There are certain skills and safety aspects they should be aware of if they take on the role of coach or a trainer. To help with this the IAWA have developed a coaching development scheme as part keeping training safe.
It is recommended that there is at least two qualified IAWA level 1 coaches in the club with a current First Aid accreditation. Deciding on the type of grappling sport your club operates in you will have to decide on what type of coach is available to your club. There are various wrestling/grappling disciplines to suit the needs of any club. The training coaching & accreditation scheme is designed as an aid to your development as a wrestling coach and to help all wrestlers/ grapplers develop in a fun and safe environment.
Coaching Wrestling is a very fulfilling but specialist role. A coach will support a sportsperson in achieving a specific personal or professional goal by providing training, advice and guidance.
There are a number of prerequisites for those wanting to become a coach; these include:
The IAWA Coaching License for Wrestling and Grappling is the only license in Ireland accredited by:
The coaching license is also recognized by:
The Introductory coaching course is available to any IAWA member over the age of 18 who is involved in the coaching of, or participation in Wrestling, Grappling, Pankration, MMA or any Combative Sports
Candidates are required to attend an 8 hour course delivered over one day
The Level 1 License course is available to any IAWA member over the age of 18 who is involved in
Coaching Wrestling, Grappling, Pankration, MMA or any Combative Sports.
Candidates are required to attend a 4-day course carried out over two weekends.
Candidates must complete all four days of the course to be awarded the license.
On completion of the L1 course, Candidates must log 18 hours of coaching session plans, at least 28 hours of coaching experience under the supervision of at least two current registered Level 2 Coaches or higher and at
The L1 license course covers many aspects for Coaching Wrestling and Grappling Sports.
The L1 coaching qualification will give you the building blocks and skills to deliver safe, quality coaching and the confidence to deliver exciting, safe training sessions to your Club members.
The Introductory Course and Level 1 License can be run over the same weekends, in conjunction with each other
Coaching Licenses are not awarded until participants have cleared IAWA Garda Vetting
The level 2 Coaching License is a higher level of technical skill than is expected at level 1.
The focus of this L2 course is on coaching wrestling skills and technique
There are a number of Pre-requisites for acceptance onto this course:
The Level 2 course is a 4-day course carried out over two weekends.
On completion of the course, candidates must log session plans for 25 hours of Coaching under various L2 registered wrestling coaches. The logged hours must be completed within a two-year period from the last date of the course