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NEW! Community Coaching Programme for Jobseekers!

Published: March 3, 2016

Are you interested in becoming a Weightlifting & Barbell Instructor and Athletics Coach and receiving other valuable sports and career development training? If so, you may be interested in our new Community Coaching Programme.

Waterford Sports Partnership is pleased to announce that we will facilitating a ‘Community Coaching Programme’ for Jobseekers in County Waterford commencing in April 2016. Funding support has been provided at national level from Dormant Accounts through Sport Ireland. The programme is supported locally by Dunhill Multi Education Centre, Waterford City & County Council, Weightlifting Ireland and Athletics Ireland.

The aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity for jobseekers to receive a community based coaching and sport related training and education programme including skills training to enhance employment and further education opportunities.

The main objectives are to:
• successfully assist jobseekers to gain qualifications in sports coaching (Weightlifting & Barbell Instructor and Athletics Coaching qualifications) and other sports coach training thereby providing opportunities to work or volunteer as coaches in the community/sports area
• provide participants with practical and theoretical sport-related skills to help find relevant work experience, employment or volunteering opportunities in their local community.
• provide a platform and motivation for further education opportunities and career progression in the sports sector.
• contribute to the promotion of both physical and mental health and wellbeing amongst programme participants and in the wider community through the subsequent employment and/or volunteering work carried out by participants.

The five strands are outlined as follows:

Strand 1 – Eleiko Weightlifting & Barbell Instructor Course and Weightlifting Ireland – Level 1
Weightlifting Ireland Coaching Award (Level 1) accredited by Sport Ireland and Eleiko International Coaching Award (Level 1).

Strand 2 – Athletics Coaching and Sports Coach training
Athletics Leader Coaching Course and Athletics Assistant Coaching Course accredited by Athletics Ireland and Sport Ireland.  A range of sports coach training will be provided including Child Welfare & Protection – Safeguarding 1, First Aid, Disability Inclusion Training and an Anti-Doping Compliance workshop.

Strand 3 – Work Placement
Placements in local sports club gyms, sports clubs, NGBs etc.  A completed logbook of work placement experience will be required at the end of the placement.
Strand 4 – Career Planning and Progression 
This strand will focus on Job Readiness Skills Development, Career Planning, Start Your Own Business Skills & Education Progression Opportunities relevant to the sports sector.  It will include a focus on CV writing, job seeking skills, interview skills, social media for business and business development.  There will also be guest lectures from others working/volunteering in the sports area.
Strand 5 – Personal Development
This strand will focus on self awareness, confidence building, communication and leadership skills and will include a focus on resilience, identifying skills and planning for progress.

The programme will take place at the Regional Sports Centre, Waterford over 10 weeks, 3 days per week (from 10am to 4.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays) commencing on 5th April 2016.

Who can Apply?
The programme is aimed at male and female jobseekers, aged over 18, with a genuine interest in sport.  Participation on this programme will NOT affect your social welfare payments.  As places are limited to 12, shortlisting may apply and an informal interview will take place as part of the programme recruitment process. Programme participants must have a basic understanding of weight training and will have to undergo Garda Vetting. 

Click here to download an APPLICATION FORM
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For Further Information please contact Mary Doyle, Waterford Sports Partnership, Regional Sports Centre, Cork Road, Waterford. Tel. 0761 10 2619 |

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 5pm Monday 14th March 2016. Following shortlisting, informal interviews will take place in week beginning 21st March 2016.

Article Modified: March 03, 2016 10:08 am

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