New Coaching Course Set To Give Young People Skills for Life

Edinburgh Leisure | Wednesday 1st May 2024 7:37am

New Coaching Course Set to Give Young People Skills for Life

During UK National Coaching Week (29 April – 5 May), Edinburgh Leisure, the leading sport and leisure provider in Edinburgh is on the hunt for young people to gain valuable coaching qualifications and gain new skills for the job market.

The Coaching Academy 2024 is targeted at young people aged 16-24 years and fully funded through Edinburgh Leisure’s Sports Development and Active Communities.   It will provide nationally recognised qualifications that enable successful learners to lead safe, purposeful, and enjoyable sport/physical activity within our programmes.

Gary Hocknull, Sports Development Officer at Edinburgh Leisure explained:  “The Coaching Academy will assist young people to learn new skills for the job market, using the capacity of sport coaching to help transform their lives, increase motivation, encourage learning and support their personal development.”

The course is limited to 16 candidates with learning focussed on studying for a sport leadership qualification and sports specific coaching course qualifications.

Candidates will gain the SCQF Sports Leaders Level 5 qualification starting Monday 1 - Friday, 5 July at Meadowbank Sports Centre delivered by Edinburgh Leisure staff.

The Sports Leaders sessions use sport to deliver fun and engaging physical activities with other attendees. Candidates will plan, lead, and evaluate sports/physical activity sessions over several tutored hours and then demonstrate their leadership skills as part of an assessment.

In Week 2, Monday 8th - Thursday 11th July, candidates will include National Governing Body Coach Education qualifications in Badminton, Netball, Athletics and Football. All dates must be attended.

After the end of the course, participants will be signposted to volunteering opportunities within sports venues and holiday programme provision, where they will be immersed in all aspects of the sport and leisure coaching environment and potentially future employment opportunities within Edinburgh Leisure, with all course candidates offered the opportunity of interview.

Registration is now open and interested candidates should apply by using the online registration form by 31st May 2024 at 5 pm.   Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the recruitment session on Friday, 14th June, with successful candidates confirmed on Monday, 17th June 2024.

National Coaching Week (29 April – 5 May) celebrates the vital role coaches play in helping to inspire, support and develop athletes and runners of all abilities, age groups and backgrounds to fulfil their potential.

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