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Coach my Sport Academy Programme is aimed at young people from disadvantaged areas who are disengaged at school, unemployed, not in training or further education and with low self-confidence preventing them from progressing on to positive destinations.

We planning a 3 year programme of 4 x 8 week blocks each year open to a minimum of 8 and maximum of 20 young people in each block. The 4 geographical areas we are looking at are recognised areas of disadvantage the Eastern Villages of Stirling (Plean, Cowie, Fallin, Throsk),Cornton/Raploch/Cultenhove areas of Stirling, Alloa in Clackmannanshire and a rural area – possibly north west or north east Stirling, impacted by geographical isolation and fewer opportunities.

The Academy Programme consists of 3 hours a week formal tutoring on softer transferrable skills, communication, goal-setting, CV writing, interview techniques, conflict resolution, etc and also first-aid training, child protection training and more. Coach my Sport hire in tutors to deliver these sessions, and will themselves directly deliver further sessions within each 8 week block which will see each of the participants individually getting coached to coach, and given the opportunity to plan and deliver sports sessions to children within in existing Coach my Sport classes.

The Coach My Sport sessions are not focused on particular sport but are about movement, mobility, co-ordination, motor skills, etc and are fun sessions to promote and encourage greater physical activity, using balls, bats, balloons, skittles, cones, running, jumping, skipping, dance, etc.

In addition, each participant will get the opportunity to work within local sports clubs, with governing bodies, and schools, working with the existing coaches who will mentor them, to deliver specific sports coaching to the members of the sports clubs, e.g. rugby, tennis, cricket, football etc. As far as possible, this will be a sport chosen by the participant.

Sport has the power to inspire and unite people in a way that nothing else does, and speaks to youth in a language they understand. Young people are crucial to the future of sport in Scotland and all the well-documented and researched health, wellbeing and fitness benefits that sport brings.

Over 100 sports clubs are affiliated to ClubSport Stirling and the demand for qualified coaches has never been greater.

Sport provides a great opportunity for young people to engage with their community, become role models and leaders and gain full time employment in a growing sector. Once trained the participants will have greater self-belief and confidence to progress to further qualifications, training, work and some may open their own Coach my Sport classes in their own areas to instil a love of sport to the youngsters from their own communities.

We do not envisage that every person coming through the Academy Programme will go on to become sports coaches but they will get the opportunity to find and develop their skills and build their confidence; some will go on to customer service, admin, marketing – whatever suits them.


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