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Pictured: Leader of the Council, Cllr Eion Watts; Senior Sports Development Officer, Jenny Carter; Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Cllr Ann Syrett; Laurisa Robson.
Inspiring sports stars and coaches for London 2012The London 2012 Organising Committee has awarded Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy the Inspire mark in recognition of its excellent community programme.The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.The scheme provides a two tiered approach to raising the aspirations and skill base of local people across the district. Since it started in July 2010, it has been going from strength to strength.

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About the project...

The Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy (BLACA) aimed to equip local people with the skills and confidence to access employment (paid or unpaid) in the field of physical activity, sport and leisure.  A project manager was be employed to recruit leaders and volunteers to the ‘Academy’ from three distinct groups:

  • Young people in Years 10/11 from five of the district’s secondary schools
  • Young people in Years 11-13 who are residents of Bolsover district
  • Working age individuals that are either unemployed or economically inactive

Every Academy member was required to deliver a minimum of 10 volunteering hours through voluntary placement opportunities created within local clubs, societies and partner agencies.

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Coach - Contacts

 

Programme Co-ordinator

Programme Officer

Jenny Carter
Senior Sports Development Officer
Bolsover District Council
Riverside Depot
Doe Lea
Chesterfield
S44 5NY
Tel: 01246 593058
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Howard Tomlinson
BLACA Project Coordinator
Bolsover District Council
Riverside Depot
Doe Lea
Chesterfield
S44 5NY
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Website


www.blaca.co.uk
www.bolsover.gov.uk

 

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Coach - Case Studies


Case Study 9

RB was a late-comer to the Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy and joined in December 2011. RB only just managed to get in to the Academy due to one of the other candidates dropping out. This was very lucky for us, as RB has since become one of the busiest and pro-active volunteers we have had and has taken every opportunity available to him to both develop his coaching and to volunteer in his local community. RB is always the first to reply to any e-mails that have been sent out.

RB found out about the Academy through his daily morning swim at Creswell Leisure Centre. RB has a full time job as a security consultant but through meeting up with him it was clear that he wanted to help his local community with any volunteering that was available.

Qualifications and Skills Development

RB wanted to re-take his National Pool Lifeguard and also wanted to develop his coaching skills. We signed RB up to a Crash Course at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. We also decided that a good first step for RB would be to take the Community Sports Leadership Award which would help his confidence and work towards gaining other Coaching qualifications later. RB also enquired about Walk Leading so we also arranged for him to take a Walk Leaders Course.  RB has really grasped all the coach development opportunity open to him and has already successfully taken the following Courses:

  • National Pool Lifeguard
  • Community Sports Leaders Award
  • Walk Leaders Award
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • Coaching Disabled Performers
  • Fundamentals of Movement
  • Start To Play Workshop
  • Analysing Your Coaching
  • Positive Behaviour Management in Sport


Volunteering

RB brought with him a lot of Life experience. He has been very enthusiastic and has been a fantastic member of the Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy. He has already completed 20 volunteering hours and is on track to complete many more by the end of the Academy. RB has been placed at the following Volunteer Placements:

  • Derby 10k / Family Fun run
  • Sport Relief Mile
  • Connexions Walking Group


Plans for the Future

RB is due to take the following courses over the last few months of the Academy and has also agreed to help out at the Bolsover Olympicnic Event:

  • Multi Skills Workshop
  • Attaining Derbyshire Coach Mark


Helping develop these coaches has been very rewarding but it is especially so when dealing with people as enthusiastic and pro-active as RB.  Below is a quote from RB himself

“Becoming a member of the Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy has opened my eyes to the opportunities to put something back into the community. The training and qualifications I have achieved will now allow me to use these skills to assist others to improve their lives, being able to do this has been completely down to the training from the scheme and the staff who have instructed us. It has opened up opportunities to achieve a whole new approach on my daily life and an ability to reach new goals.” RB

 

Case Study 8

A applied to the Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy in August 2011 through a recommendation from one of our partners Claire Munden who is the Training Coordinator of the Bolsover Employment and Training Initiative. I met up with A and immediately realised that the Academy would be a great initiative for him and I also quickly realised that A would be great member of the Academy.

A had some previous coaching experience and wanted to gain employment as a coach. He had spent a little time travelling and was finding it difficult to gain employment. This was mainly through lack of qualifications but he was also a little low on confidence and self belief. He was however already volunteering at his local Cricket Club as a coach and looking to take his level 2 Cricket Qualification with the help of the Club.

Together we decided that it would be good for A to take the Community Sports Leadership Award which would help his confidence and work towards gaining another NGB Award to improve his overall competency as a coach. We eventually decided that taking a football qualification would be a good option.

A has really grasped all the coach development opportunity open to him and has already successfully taken the following courses:

  • Community Sports Leaders Award
  • Emergency Aid
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • Coaching Disabled Performers
  • Multi Skills Workshop
  • Fundamentals of Movement
  • Start To Play Workshop


A
is also due to take the following courses over the next couple of months:

  • UKCC Level 1 in Coaching Football
  • Coaching in Education
  • Equity in your Coaching
  • Attaining Derbyshire Coach Mark


A has been a model BLACA member. He has already completed his 10 volunteering hours and is on track to complete 50 hours by the end of the Academy. He is due to start his National Governing Body Award, the UKCC Level 1 in Football in February and is well on the way to graduating from the Academy. All this hard work is paying off for A as he has now landed himself a part time sports coaching role with Premier Sport. I know he will be a real asset to that company and to the rest of the local sporting community. Below is a quote from A.

"Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy, it has given me a real boost to my confidence and is also giving me the skills and qualifications for me to work in the Leisure Industry. I have now got a part time job and I am looking forward to making a career in coaching. Thanks to everyone involved with the Academy that has helped me develop my coaching” - A

 

Bolsover District inspiring sports stars and coaches for London 2012

The London 2012 Organising Committee has awarded Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy (BLACA) the Inspire mark in recognition of its excellent community programme.

The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Council led scheme provides a two tiered approach to raising the aspirations and skill base of local people across the district. Since it started in July 2010, the BLACA scheme has been going from strength to strength and has already seen 11 people from the course offered employment in the leisure industry and over 1,500 hours of community and voluntary work has been undertaken across Bolsover district.

Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “We are delighted to have achieved the Inspire mark and it shows that our approach to grass roots participation will lead to a lasting legacy and get more people involved and active in sport in the lead up to the 2012 Games. In fact, we have already seen one of our participants, Laurisa Robson go onto bigger and better things after being chosen as an FA Leader to coach youngsters in Trinidad and Tobago - a true lasting legacy thanks to the BLACA programme.

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games are the pinnacle of any athlete’s career and by providing individuals with the opportunities and the right skills through our BLACA scheme, we are hopefully putting them on the right track and inspiring them to reach their goals.”

Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said, “We want to use the power of the Games to inspire change. The Inspire programme is recognising the work our partners all round the UK are doing to help us achieve this vision now – one year away from the start of the Games. I congratulate everyone involved in Bolsover District Council’s Leadership and Coaching Academy for securing the Inspire mark and wish you every success with your work.”

 

Case Study 6

In November 2010 a father and son both successfully applied to be part of the Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy. Dad had a background in swim teaching, lifeguarding, and boxing and was keen to get back into the leisure industry. The son was a very keen boxer and they both had an appetite to develop their coaching. Both are highly motivated members of the academy. As volunteers they had to do 10 hours voluntary work in the local community. The dad was the first person on the Academy to achieve his 10 hours and now has completed over 100 voluntary hours, the most of any of the Academy members. The son has completed over 80 hours.

Both have completed every coach development opportunity open to them and have not only been keen to develop their own coaching but also been eager to share their knowledge and experience with the rest of the Academy which has been very useful. In total this father and son team have completed a massive 21 courses this year really showing their commitment to developing their coaching. The have attended the following: 

  • National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
  • Emergency Aid
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • Coaching Disabled Performers
  • Coaching in Education
  • Fundamentals of Movement
  • Equity in your Coaching
  • Coaching Master Classes
  • Attained the provisional Derbyshire Coach Mark


In June, the dad managed to successfully complete his Derbyshire Coach Mark. This is an accreditation scheme for coaches in Derbyshire. The son is working towards a Level 1 qualification so that he can complete his provisional Coach Mark sometime in 2012.

All their hard work on the Academy is now really paying off. In June the dad was offered a new role at BPL as a Swim Instructor and not to be out done, the son has also been offered a job as a lifeguard at Center Parcs. They have been model Academy members and will go on to be a real asset to the local sporting community.

“It was a great experience being on the Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy. I have enjoyed it immensely and it has been a fantastic opportunity for both me and my son. We have both now gained employment in the leisure industry, and that is mainly thanks to being members of the Academy. We especially enjoyed the evening at Chesterfield Football Club, some good points put across by professional footballers, especially the point of keeping going when knocked back, I hope the young coaches took it on board. Things have certainly changed from when I first taught swimming for schools in the 80’s” - Dad

 

Laurisa Robson

Laurisa Robson is 17 years old and lives in Bolsover. She is currently studying Psychology, Physical Education and History at Netherthorpe School. Laurisa has always enjoyed participating in sport from an early age and first came to our attention as a young participant at the Go Football programme delivered by Bolsover District Council Sports Development Team.  Laurisa enrolled on a CSLA Course, having already completed a number of sports leadership awards whilst at school including the Young Netballer’s, Junior Rounders Organisers and the Junior FA awards.

From our experience of Laurisa we new that she would be an ideal candidate for the Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy and she successfully applied in December 2010.

Through Laurisa’s hard work and the development of her coaching skills on the CSLA Course she was selected to be one of only 4 young people in England to travel to Trinidad and Tobago and help coach young leaders over there. Laurisa is also one of the East Midlands young ambassadors and also part of an FA scholarship programme. Laurisa is also Adistar Ambassador for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

On top of all this Laurisa has been developing her skills with a number of Coach Education courses and Master classes through BLACA and has been Coaching Voluntarily at her school and on the Bolsover Go Football Scheme.  Through the Academy Laurisa has successfully taken the following:

  • 1st4sport Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football
  • Emergency Aid
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • Coaching Disabled Performers
  • Coaching in Education
  • Fundamentals of Movement
  • Equity in your Coaching
  • 4 Coaching Master Classes
  • Attained the provisional Derbyshire Coach Mark


Laurisa is a very positive person and has grabbed the opportunities with both hands and has set an example to everyone of how the Academy can benefit young coaches by giving them the skills and qualifications necessary to be a Coach.  Laurisa is keen to develop her coaching further.

“The Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy has given me the opportunity to gain the qualifications and skills I really need to start my coaching career. The courses I have been able to do have given me a thorough understanding of how to coach and I have been lucky enough to be able to put into practice some of those skills with my volunteering for the Bolsover District Council’s Go Football Scheme ”  - Laurisa Robson

 

 
Successful Sporting Academy on the lookout for new coaches

Nine months in and the Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy (BLACA) is already having a huge impact in the local community.

Forty people were originally chosen to take part in the Academy and they have undertaken over six-hundred hours of voluntary work in the community helping local sports clubs and voluntary groups set up coaching sessions and increased participation in sport.

The Academy - funded by Bolsover Partnership from The Working Neighbourhoods Fund, with additional support from Bolsover District Council and Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust - aims to help leaders, coaches and volunteers in sport, leisure and active recreation develop their skills, knowledge and confidence to become qualified in the leisure industry.

On top of this, the Academy participants have also gained qualifications in a variety of areas from football to dance and are currently completing the Derbyshire Coach Mark, which is a licensing scheme designed to ensure coaches working within a school environment meet the required standard.

The success of the Academy has led to its second phase being introduced and we want you to be a part of it. If you are aged 16 and over, live in Bolsover district and have a passion for sports, then why not turn this passion into a new career.

We are looking for another 40 individuals who have a passion for sport and physical activity and want to improve their qualifications and skills.

If selected you will be offered FREE training and education opportunities including:

  • Emergency Aid
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • Coaching Disabled Performers
  • Coaching in Education
  • Choice of industry qualification e.g. NGB Level 1/2, Pool Lifeguard, Gym/ Dance Instructor

Each successful candidate will also have the opportunity to attend numerous workshops and coaching courses as well as receiving £50 towards coaching kit and equipment. The closing date for applications is 22 July 2011.

 

Sally Anne Bowen (44), Shirebrook

Sally first found out about the Coaching Academy from attending a Raising Aspirations session.

During her time on the Academy Sally Anne completed:

  • UKCC Level 1 Gymnastics Women's Artistics Course
  • Numerous ScUK workshops

Sally Anne also logged over 100 voluntary hours at local Gymnastics sessions and attended 11 coach education and master class sessions.  She has recently been offered part time employment at a local Gymnastics club.

 

Rob Stafford (37), Creswell

 Rob is 37 years old and lives in Creswell with his wife and 2 young daughters. Rob was one of the first people identified as a possible candidate for the Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy (Blaca) as he was known to the Sports Development team due to enrolling on a CSLA course with Bolsover District Council in October 2010.

For 20 years Rob had been in the building trade working for a company as well as being self employed for a time.  2010 was a particularly difficult year for business with the recession and he found that he had more and more spare time.  When he was advised to stop trading Rob decided it was an ideal opportunity to try something new and venture in a totally different direction.  Keeping fit and active had always been enjoyable and a big part of his life. Rob found out about the Academy through his Course and successfully applied in Dec 2010.

Rob realised that the Academy was a great opportunity to develop his skills and qualifications and to develop a new career in Sport and Leisure. Rob has certainly grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Throughout his first 6 months on the Academy Rob has been very keen to take every opportunity open to him.

 

  • Dale Foster having enjoyed his time on the Academy is now seeking employment within sport
  • Jordan Farnsworth has been offered a place at Leeds Metropolitan University next year where he will undertake a coaching degree
  • Andrea Linacre has been offered a place at Leeds University where she also will be completing a coaching degree
  • Simone Jarvis has set up her own Coaching Company
  • Ben Everett and Laurisa Robson have now been offered paid coaching work through our Go Football Programme
  • Danny Price has been offered a job as a lifeguard at Bassetlaw
  • Glyn Turner has been offered a job as a swim coach at Bassetlaw
  • Ryan Turner has been offered a job as a lifeguard at Centre Parcs
  • Zena Shiel has been offered paid employment as a Leisure Attendant at Kissingate Leisure Centre

 

Sporting Academy launched across Bolsover districtParticipants and project launch event

The Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy was launched on Monday 24 January 2011 and aims to help leaders, coaches and volunteers in sport, leisure and active recreation develop their skills, knowledge and confidence to become qualified in the leisure industry.

The initial 51 applicants for places in the Academy were whittled down to just 40 who will now receive a range of free training worth over £750 from Coach Education Courses such Fundamentals of Movement, Coaching Disabled Performers and First Aid to nationally recognised qualifications such as National Governing Body Awards, Gym Instructor Course and National Pool Lifeguard.

Bolsover District Council Cabinet Member for Arts and Leisure, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “This has been a dream of ours for some time now and we can finally make it happen. The Academy is just the starting block. We have taken a group of highly motivated people from our district and with the right training and advice they will receive, they will hopefully go onto bigger and better things.

“This is a great way for budding sports volunteers and coaches to get started. It will take time and a great deal of hard work, but we will do everything we can to help get them to the top and hopefully make a career out of it.”

The Academy will help also provide the participants with a voluntary placement within the district where they must complete a minimum of 10 voluntary hours during their time with the Academy.

A conference was held on Monday the 24 January to launch the Academy and to also welcome two of its ambassadors, Clowne based Paralympic medalist, Zoe Edge and Whitwell based Olympic coach Julie Broadhead who gave an insight into how rewarding volunteering and coaching can be.

 

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Coach - Outputs

 

 

Outputs 08/09
Actual
09/10
Actual
10/11
Actual
11/12
Actual
Total

Unemployed people entering employment

      10 10

16-19 year olds going into EET

      7 7
Volunteering opportunities created     33 33
People accessing volunteering opportunities     34 125 159

Voluntary hours delivered

    460 1,662 2,122
Sports clubs/groups offering placements     13   13
Statutory/private bodies offering placements     9  2 11
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Coach - Archive

 

2011/12 Year End
  • Total of 40 16+ candidates registered on to the Academy, 39 of these are now active volunteers.
  • Total of 154 <16 leaders registered on to the Academy, 59 of these are now active volunteers.
  • Five generic coach education courses delivered to 45 people = 45 qualifications gained.
  • One Master Class delivered to 27 candidates.
  • 38 Industry (NGB) specific qualifications complete or underway – seven still to sign up.
  • Total of 125 people accessing volunteering opportunities –  64 new this quarter.
  • Total of 1662 voluntary hours for Year 2 – 634 delivered this quarter. Total hours Year 1 & 2 combined = 2122
  • Bespoke training delivered to x 3 secondary schools for 47 candidates.
  • Sport Relief Mile event organised by Bolsover District Council was supported by three volunteers from BLACA.


This project is funded through the PCT for a further six months but has been unable to secure ongoing funding at the current time.  The project lead will therefore be made redundant when the funding ceases and BDC staff will pick up the sustainable elements of the project i.e. maintaining the website etc.

2011/12 Quarter 3

Year two recruitment is complete and Year one training is completed. The training programme is underway with the majority of specific courses already started or booked. Volunteer placements and employment opportunity links continue to be developed.

Other achievements this quarter include:
 

  • London 2012 Inspire Mark achieved for the project.
  • New link developing with Premier Sport (a coaching company) to offer volunteer placements & future employment opportunities.
2011/12 Quarter 2

Summary of Activity:

  • Recruitment process complete for Year 2
  • Year 1 Graduation ceremony delivered for 33 people
  • Year 2 Induction Conference delivered to 20 people
  • 45 people have been recruited into the 16+ Coaching Academy and all individual training plans complete
  • 23 people recruited into the <16’s Leadership Academy
  • 2 generic coach education courses delivered to 32 people = 32 qualifications gained.
  • 20 people accessing volunteering opportunities
  • 112 voluntary hours delivered by Coaching Academy and7 hours delivered by Leadership Academy
  • CSLA course underway at Shirebrook Academy for 15 candidates
  • Generic Coach Education & Training programme commenced
 

2011/12 Quarter 1

Summary of activity:

  • 6 generic coach education courses delivered to 126 people = 126 qualifications gained
  • 2 Master Class sessions delivered to 47 people
  • Coachmark assessments complete for 15 people
  • 37 candidates (16+) remain on the Academy, candidates numbers will increase slightly in Year 2
  • 36 people undertaking volunteering
  • 11 leaders recruited, 103 now in total
  • 30 industry specific qualifications (16+) are complete, the other 7 are underway and will be complete at the end of July 2011
  • Level 1 in Sports Leadership award delivered to 12 students at Heritage High School = 12 qualifications gained
  • Women’s Get Set Go course complete. 16 candidates undertaking the award, with 12 gaining the qualification
  • Sportsability bespoke training course delivered across 4 secondary schools to 48 students
  • 15 applications for Year 2 received to date

2010/11 Year End

This project commenced in Quarter 3 and, despite a delayed start, has started to make good progress.  To date:

Over 16’s:

  • Conference delivered to 24 delegates.
  • 6 generic coach education courses were delivered to 113 people = 113 accredited qualifications gained.
  • 2 Master Class sessions delivered to 48 people.
  • 39 people registered with the Academy including 8 NEET’s
  • 38 training audits & inductions complete.
  • 35 candidates have volunteer placements established.
  • 343 hours have been logged by 28 candidates
  • 13 voluntary clubs/groups and 9 statutory bodies offering volunteer placements.
  • 30 industry specific qualifications have been booked, a further 6 are at application stage, with just 3 remaining to be confirmed

Under 16’s:

  • Bespoke FUNdamentals training delivered across 3 secondary schools to 57 young leaders.
  • SLUK (accredited qualification) ‘Women’s Get Set Go’ award underway at Shirebrook Academy for 16 female leaders.
  • 90 young leaders registered on the Academy across 4 secondary schools, including Stubbin Wood Special School. A meeting is scheduled with Bolsover School in April, to bring their young leaders into the project formally.
  • 71 hours have been logged by 9 candidates.
2010/11 Quarter 3
This project commenced in Quarter 3 and has made the following progress:
  • 49 candidates applied to be part of the project
  • 42 were offered a place in the Academy (agreement returns are awaited from the other candidates)
  • 22 inductions have been completed i.e. personal profile and training plans created
  • 4 community clubs are engaged to provide volunteering opportunities (to be formalised in Quarter 4)
  • Leadership Conference delivered to 80 young people from the district’s six secondary schools
  • 54 young people (schools based) have registered on the Academy website
  • Frederick Gent School has created a volunteer opportunity
  • 2 Leaders (under 16’s) have accessed volunteering opportunities
  • A total of 5 hours have been delivered by the Leaders (under 16’s)

Good progress overall is being made but a delay in the start date of the Project Coordinator and adverse weather conditions at the end of the Quarter has impacted on the timetable, resulting in some of the training running into 2011/12.

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