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1 Enhancing the employability of sports graduates: an integration of community placements Paul Rainer & Rob Griffiths

2 Olympics 2012

3 Benefits to Wales? Training camps Lottery disbursement Business contracts Additional tourists Matches at Millennium Stadium Feel good factor Health and wellbeing

4 Health of a nation – the unhealthiest places to live in UK (HealthACORN Report 2007) 1.Merthyr Tydfil 2.Easington, Co Durham 3.Rhondda Cynon Taf 4.Neath Port Talbot 5.Blaenau Gwent 6.Caerphilly 7.7.Bolsover, Derbyshire 8.Torfaen 9.Bridgend 10.Carmarthenshire

5 Daily Express (31/1/05)

6 Olympic Vision to inspire a new generation to greater sporting activity and achievement, helping to foster a healthy and active nation.

7 Climbing Higher All primary school children to take part in sport and physical activity for 60 minutes 5 times a week. 90% of secondary school children to take part in sport and physical activity for 60 minutes 5 times a week. active children become active young people and then active adults (Janz et al. 2000; Telama et al. 2005) Welsh Olympians will win at least 15 medals between

8 Regular participation in extra-curricular sports activities (SCW 2006 Active Young People in Wales) Source: SCW Active Young People (2006)

9 Community Placements Pre-requisites of working within sports development sector (SkillsActive, 2005) 1. Industry experience (paid or voluntary) 2.People skills 3.Coaching qualifications Students not prepared for industry Sandwich year placements limited Voluntary opportunities not taken up Embedded within modules Placements linked to assessments

10 Case Studies develop a critical understanding of the issues relating to the sports development and coaching industry and to develop core transferable skills. Power (2006:161) Improved teamwork, communication and time management skills. Fleming & Ferkins (2006) Importance of student reflection and recognition of what has been learnt. Keech (2006) Sustainability aided by former graduates acting as placement supervisors.

11 Case Studies Matching courses to National Occupational Standards is a nationally recognised way of ensuring that courses teach students the skills and knowledge they need in employment. In addition, work based learning is an important tool in skills development and ensuring students have experience of the work place and are able to reflect on it through their study. Ben Gittus, SkillsActive (2005)

12 Developing High Quality Opportunities 1.Produce a clear framework for creating locally- available, high quality and fun sporting opportunities for young people. 2.Ensure that those who work with young people are suitably equipped to do so. suitable facilities trained staff well structured programme

13 Policy Driven Welsh Assembly Government –Climbing Higher Strategy (July, 2004) –Climbing Higher Strategy – Next Steps (July, 2006) –Coaching Plan for Wales –Physical Education School Sport Action Plan –5 x 60 School Sport Plan To increase the number of coaches, leaders and instructors both voluntary and professional, deployed in Wales. To improve the quality of coaching in Wales by increasing the opportunities for education, training and qualification.



16 Key Modules Year 1 Exercise Physiology (1) Football Coaching I (UKCC L2 Badge) Sports Coaching 1 Introduction to Sports Psychology Nutrition Sports Development (1) Year 2 Football Coaching II (UKCC L3 Coaching Badge)Football Coaching II (UKCC L3 Coaching Badge) Sports Coaching 2Sports Coaching 2 PerformancePerformance Work Based Module (Triple Module)Work Based Module (Triple Module) Sports Development (2)Sports Development (2)

17 Girls & Young Womens Football Development Officer The North Region Girls Football League Salary: £22,375 - £24,467 (3 year fixed term contract). Surrey County Development Manager Salary in the range of £26,000 - £30,000 dependant on experience and location Salary: £20,000 pa +

18 Coaching Modules YEAR 1 Sports Coach UK Workshops: Introduction to Fundamental Movement Skills Long Term Athlete Development FMS Practical workshops WRU Tag Rugby award UKCC L1 WRU Rugby UKCC L1 FAW YEAR 2 SCUK Workshops –Effective Coaching –Equity in Your Coaching –Coaching Children & Young People –Coaching Disabled Performers –Good Practice & Child Protection Athletics L1 Basketball L1 Badminton L1

19 Dragon Sport Multi sport activities and games for 7-11 year olds Encourages children to participate in quality out of school sport activities. Encourages clubs and communities to offer Dragon Sport and link with the local primary schools. Recruit and train organisers to provide safe and purposeful sporting opportunities (no requirement to be expert coaches.

20 Dragon Sport 8 hours training (RCT) Assigned school/club Groups of 4 Responsible for organisation and delivery 15 week programme Final festival Practical and reflective assessments

21 Impact of Dragon Sport 2000/12003/42006/7 Schools Clubs Children ,500118,533 Volunteers Source: SCW

22 Dragon Sport: Student/University benefits Practical experience Guaranteed place on Camp America programme Opportunity to be employed by Glamorgan Sports Camps during vacations Opportunity to become Dragon Sport trainers Improvement in interpersonal skills Students work in their own communities.

23 E3 After School Physical Activity Programme

24 Rationale Only 24% secondary age children do 5x60mins of physical activity per week Children progressing from Dragon Sport into year 7 lack opportunities to continue extracurricular activity Principles Main aim is to increase the % of children of secondary age undertaking 5 x 60 minutes of sport and physical activity Focus on children taking part in less than 5x60 minutes Create children leaving school who are: positive about sport and physical activity, skilful, knowledgeable, active The Climbing Higher Strategy aims to have 100% of primary aged children taking part in after school physical activity, and 90% of secondary school children taking after school activity. The Target The key performance indicator for success will be the increase in the percentage of school children taking part in extra-curricular sport and physical activity on a regular basis. This programme will be the main vehicle for achieving the Welsh Assembly Governments aim of 90% of children taking part in regular and frequent physical activity.

25 Partners Involved University of Glamorgan RCT Teaching Local Health Board RCT Sport Development RCT Education Authority Tonypandy Porth Tonyrefail Y-Pant Aberdare Boys Aberdare Girls Coedylan Cwm Clydach Miskin Maesycoed

26 Impact of the Programme Increase in physical activity levels of children within the critical window of the day To provide exit routes for children regarding sport and physical activity within the community Coaching is central to the development of sport at every level (WAG/SCW Coaching Plan for Wales, 2004).

27 UKCC Long Term Coach Development Model - Coaching Framework ( A Action Plan)

28 Jobs – Minimum Operating Standards (1) A minimum of 2 years coaching experience (2) Hold (or be working towards) a minimum of one level 2 National Governing Body Qualifications (3) A First Aid qualification (4) Experience of planning, delivering and co-ordinating coaching programmes for young people (5) A full driving license (6) A willingness to work evenings and weekends and; Knowledge of LTAD Multi-Skills training Key SCUK Workshops –Child Protection –Disability –Equity in Your Coaching –Working with Young Children

29 Sports & Play Development Officer Salary: £18,952 - £21,535 Sports Development Officer Salary: £20,895 - £22,293 Community Sports Coach Salary: £19,500 Community Development Officer Salary: £16,743 - £21,590 pa pro rata Youth Sports Development Officer Salary: £22,620 to £25,476 COMMUNITY MULTI-SKILLS COACH Salary: £20,235 5x60 Officer £18,450 - £20,235

30 Challenges of Placements Health & Safety Student Numbers Quality Assurance Mentoring Reflection Empowerment Ownership

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