Working in Partnership with Kent Sport and Physical Activity
sports coach UK workshops
Kent Sport and Physical Activity aims to coordinate the development of sport and physical activity through strategic alliances and partnerships to ensure that Kent gains the maximum benefit and long-term legacy from The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and other major events.
Club and Volunteer Development Officer Stuart Butler needed to develop an education programme for coaches, teaching staff, youth service staff and other volunteers to help them meet minimum standard requirements and to further develop their knowledge and skills.
Working with sports coach UK’s Coaching Network Officer, Stuart is now able to develop and run a workshop programme from September to July each year, incorporating around 20 sports coach UK workshops that include titles such as:
- Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC1)
- Safeguarding and Protecting Children 2: Reflecting on Practice (SPC2)
- How to Coach Disabled People Sport
- Equity in Your Coaching
- A Guide to Mentoring Sports Coaches
- Coaching Children and Young People.
Promoting the programme is critical to its success, and Stuart works with local sports development officers to spread the word about the workshops and the benefits of attending them. In addition he produces a specially designed booklet containing details of the workshop (often taken from sports coach UK’s website) as well as publishing the booklet on their website to give people as much notice and information as possible. In order to make them as accessible as possible, the workshops are spread throughout the year and across the county.
Stuart and Kent Sport and Physical Activity Service have been pleased with the results from the workshop programmes; they regularly have good attendance and have seen the development of the attendees through the workshops. Stuart has found attending several of the workshops to be a useful experience as he becomes familiar with the content and outcomes for each workshop. He is able to discuss with the attendees the benefits and what they will achieve from attending the workshops. This gives him a great insight into what other types of workshops benefit his attendees.
What’s more, Kent Sport and Physical Activity Service has recently organised a coach development weekend. sports coach UK workshops will play a dominant role alongside open information sessions on topics such as nutrition, running styles and psychology. The course is open to all coaches, and Stuart hopes it will be the first of several weekends using the workshops to provide developmental opportunities for coaches.
‘I’m really pleased with the way the sports coach UK workshops help us to deliver our education programme. The ease of booking tutors and workshops means we’re able to give coaches more opportunities to attend and also to ensure all sports and organisations have access to them. The workshops encourage the coaches to build on their experience and to continue their development. They allow us to engage with our volunteers and listen to their feedback so we can adapt and enhance the workshop programme for future years’.
Stuart Butler, Club and Volunteer Development Officer,
Kent Sport and Physical Activity