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ERCL Sports Leadership Academy
This week over 20 senior pupils from around East Renfrewshire will start their journey as a future sports coach, official or volunteer as they take part in ERCL's Sports Leadership Academy. Lead by the Active Schools team, the Academy aims to provide a training package and resource that will enable candidates to develop generic leadership skills and increase their confidence so that they may assist or lead the delivery of a variety of sports activities for young people.
Throughout the duration of the course the tutors will make a judgement on the candidate's ability as a competent leader and provide them with verbal feedback. The leader will then complete 20 hours of coaching out in the community setting to in turn receive their full Sport Leadership Academy certificate.
Last year 12 pupils successfully graduated from the Sports Leadership Academy. The progression of the pupils so far is outstanding. They continue to utilise the skills learned within the course and practical skills learned with their voluntary coaching within the community.
ERCL is committed to building the skills and confidence of all young people across East Renfrewshire and this programme has already seen some of those graduates being employed and deployed in the local area. Click on the link to find out more about how to become a sports volunteer.
The Sports Leadership Academy was a great way for me to build my confidence, learn leadership skills and make good friends. We had a fun filled pack week of lots of different types of activities to help us with different sports such as netball and rugby and also different skills such as inclusion which we learned from the disability inclusion workshop. Since the Sports Leadership Academy I have become a fully qualified gymnastics coach. I owe a big thanks to Laura and Marie for the amazing week they gave us, my confidence improved greatly and I have made friends I am still close to today.
Taylor, Mearns Castle High School
It was a great experience meeting other leaders, gaining leadership skills and attending various workshops. It was a packed week of activities including netball and rugby leadership awards alongside disability inclusion in sport workshops which I particularly found very worthwhile. As a result of attending the leadership academy I was offered many opportunities and guided in what the next steps could be to get involved in sports leadership. I later completed a swimming teacher course and now almost a year on, I am a fully qualified swimming teacher and teaching lots of kids to swim as my part time job. I could not of got this opportunity or be doing what I love if it wasn't for attending the sports leader academy! It was a great pathway to getting involved in coaching.
Rachel, Mearns Castle High School
I felt that the sports leadership academy was extremely helpful in many ways and especially helped me grow to become a successful young ambassador. The week was well balanced with both practical and theory activities over the 5 days. One of the main things I enjoyed was at the end of the week we got to put all the skills we learned to the test by getting to help out at the 'mini olympics'. After the week I used the skills I learned in after school clubs that I helped run. The communication skills I learnt helped me with getting my points out and I organised my sessions much better as they were more structured.
Andrew, former Woodfarm High School pupil
Created 18 October 2016