Voluntary Sports Coaching in the Community
The activity recognises the time and commitment a student gives to voluntarily (non-paid) sports coaching at a community sports club or in partnership with a sporting organisation.
Outline of Activity
Voluntary (non-paid) sports coaching at a sports club or in partnership with a sporting organisation. Option 1: Student completes a National Governing Body Coaching Qualification (which is at a level that allows student to coach independently. This must be from a National Governing Body of Sport which is affiliated to either Sport Northern Ireland or Sport Ireland). The student must then complete 20 hours as a volunteer coach in that sport for a local club or community association / sports club / sporting organisation. Option 2 (alternative / equivalent to Option 1) Those students who already have the recognised National Governing Body coaching qualification (as per above details) are required to evidence coaching for at least 30 hours as a volunteer coach in that sport for a local club or community association / sports club / sporting organisation.
The activity enables students to:
- prepare and implement effective coaching practices ensuring a high quality, enjoyable experience for participants centred on their needs
- deliver knowledge more effectively using non-verbal, verbal and written communication and various technologies that are available within their sport
- understand managing risk and good practice in their sport to ensure safe and accessible training sessions
- inspire confidence and self-belief in their members; encouraging them to gain and develop skills, knowledge and techniques
Students have two options in which to document their experiences of the activity and showcase their reflections on the learning outcomes and how the activity has affected their employability.
Option 1: Complete the UUSU Volunteer Log-Book found online which will be verified by your campus Sports Development Officer.
Option 2: Complete a short video with your SDO reflecting on your experience with this activity, and include photos and video clips from training and fixtures/tournaments.
Level of Commitment
Minimum of 30 hours to include:
Volunteering as a coach in a particular sport for a local club or community association / sports club / sporting organisation.