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CIT Athletics Seminar 5 2019 - How to Avoid Dropout

How to Avoid Athlete Dropout - CIT Athletics Seminar #5 2019

Track Admin Building, CIT

7:30pm Tuesday March 12th 2019

cit athletics seminar 5 2019 how to avoid dropout

This seminar is an essential for any Coach or Administrator, in ANY sport!

The 5th of 6 CIT Athletics Seminars in this years series takes place in the Track-Side Admin Building at CIT Track, on Tuesday next, March 12th, at 7:30pm. To register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0867700588

Some the Topics:

  • "Supporting Athletes from Junior to Senior Level"
  • "How to avoid dropout"
  • "Junior to Senior Transition"
  • "One of Irish Sports most important issues?"

Athlete dropout, most especially in the young teen and Junior to Senior Transition is something that is prevalent across ALL sports in Ireland. This dropout hurts Irish sport, by draining it of future athletes of all levels, not just the potential stars. In many ways more worrying is the alarming rise in weight problems and obesity in Ireland, particularly among young, and indeed, the very young. We owe it to our sport(s) and to Irish society in general, that everyone in sport does their utmost to retain athletes and keep them active.



Citing an unnamed colleague, " The benefits of running by far outweigh the benefits of not-running"  You can substitute your own sport here, where it says running.


The dropout in Athletics in Cork can be seen vividly in the graph below, which shows the age distribution for registered athletes in Cork at the end of December 2018. There is, literally, a wasteland between the ages of 15/16 and the early thirties.  This is a major cause for concern both from a general athletics point of view, and also from a public health perspective. If the transition can be managed better, to increase retention rates, the return to sport and to society would be immeasurable - a Win-Win-Wim situation.

overall age distribution december 2018

Age distribution of registered athletes in Cork - December 2018


juvenile age distribution december 2018

Age distribution of registered Juvenile athletes in Cork - December 2018

The graph above clearly demonstrates the extent of the problem, e.g. There were less than 100 registered 18 year olds in Cork at the end of 2018


senior athletes age distribution december 2018Age distribution of registered 19 to 34 year old athletes in Cork - December 2018


The drop off in the teens continues right through the twenties for males, while female participation appears to pick up from their mid-twenties


Recent Relevant Irish Times Post from Sonia O'Sullivan shared on Cork Atheltics Facebook page



CIT Track Location

CIT Track Location


CIT Meeting Rooms

The lecture is upstairs in the Red-Brick Building at the southern end of the Stand. Access is via a sidegate between the Stand and the Red-Brick Building. It can also be accessed from track-side, however the easiest way is via the car-park side


About Us

Cork Athletics County Board is a constituent member of Athletics Ireland. Cork Athletics is the governing body, administering athletics, track and field (T&F), cross-country (XC) and running in county Cork. The Board comprises elected representatives of constituent athletic clubs and running clubs. Cork County Board AAI organises Championship races and competition, including road, track & field (T&F) and Cross-country (XC), at junior, juvenile, senior and masters levels, and selects representation for the county. In addition, training and education is provided for coaches and officials. The Board also regulates the Athletics Ireland race/event permit (licence) process for county Cork.
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