ETC coordinator Kylie is working with local delivery partners to track progress of recipients of ETC training and exploring how this supports with individual personal development. Within North Lanarkshire, delivery of the package of ETC courses has been aimed at young people aged 16 – 23; the group contains a mixture of club leaders, senior pupils and sports Ambassadors. They all have some experience in the delivery of sports sessions and are supported by course organisers to put skills learned in training into practice with volunteering and coaching placements.
20 young people completed 5 modules over 2 months, course organiser Rich Harris, Active Schools Coordinator and Graeme Clee, Senior Sport Development Officer provided this case study on one of the course participants. Sean is 17 years old and a 6th year pupil at Chryston High School in North Lanarkshire. Sean has been working with his Active Schools Coordinator for 2 years now and has been developing his leadership and coaching skills. Sean committed to working towards achieving a place at College to study an Advanced Certificate in Outdoor Leadership in December 2015 and utilised the ETC programme to help him to continue to develop as a coach.
Sean attended a series of ETC workshops held in St Maurice’s Community Sport Hub from January to March 2016. Sean found that taking part in the programme helped him to develop his coaching style and in particular how to connect with the young people in his sessions. By going through the programme alongside his school sports leadership programme Sean has grown in confidence and has been able to take on more leadership roles within his volunteering. Sean feels that his coaching style is more positive, uses more effective feedback and that he has a broader knowledge of coaching. This has resulted in his sessions being more active and engaging.
Sean has volunteered within his high school and local primaries to put the skills from the programme into action. Sean’s commitment to his volunteering has resulting in him being shortlisted for the North Lanarkshire Leisure “Young Volunteer of the Year” award.
Sean now has a confirmed space at West Highland College UHI in starting September 2016. Overall Sean feels that this was a very worthwhile programme and wouldn’t hesitate to encourage his peers take part in the future
Sean’s journey through ETC training shows the true value of the progamme and how much it can assist a young person on their future goals and achievements.