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Leeds Stars Volunteer Coach

An exciting opportunity has arisen to be part of this new exciting project delivering sport to people with learning disabilities across the city. We are seeking support in delivery of the sports clubs and our future academy. The role is to coach the delivery of the activities, helping the participants to achieve their own personal goals and supporting them to improve their general health and wellbeing.

Leeds Stars Volunteer Coach

Role Description – Leeds Stars Sports Coach (voluntary role)

Job Title: Leeds Stars Sports Coach

Hours: Minimum of 2 hours per week, weekdays, weekends, evenings and bank holidays.

Responsible to: Sports Development Officer

Employing body: People in Action (Yorkshire) UK

Location: Leeds

People In Action - are a charity supporting people with learning disabilities in the community. Our aim is to empower people to fulfil their potential and lead safer, healthier and better connected lives, through providing a high quality and reliable support service. We have been established since 1983 and are a leading provider of learning disability services.

Leeds Stars Sports Project – is a project that is ran by People In Action. The project provides an all year round, all ability, sports program of both a recreational and competitive nature across Leeds for athletes with learning disabilities with pathways to the Special Olympics and regional and national competitions.

The projects aim is to improve the health, wellbeing and fitness of people with learning disabilities across Leeds by providing opportunities to participate in regular, organised sports activities, with pathways to the Special Olympics.

The Leeds Stars Sports project provides weekly coaching sessions in athletics, football, swimming, boccia and bowls, which is run across the city.

Leeds Stars Sports Academy (New for 2019) – Leeds Stars Sports Academy is a new exciting opportunity for people with a learning disability to come and taste a variety of different sports in 6 week blocks, delivered across the year.

Leeds Stars Coaching Role – An exciting opportunity has arisen to be part of this new exciting project delivering sport to people with learning disabilities across the city. We are seeking for coaches to deliver the Leeds Stars sports clubs and our future academy. The coach will be delivering sporting activities to 10-15 participants, giving them access to high quality training and creating a fun environment where they can improve their general health and wellbeing as well as developing their skills in their chosen sport.

General Duties and Tasks

  • To plan and deliver sporting activities for participants in line with their preference.
  • To coordinate the running of the group i.e. session plans, preparing resources, buying equipment, laising with the venue and ensuring the group runs smoothly.
  • Share joint responsibility for Safeguarding, Health and Safety, liaising with members, carers, support workers and other partners.
  • To work with the Leeds Stars Manager to carry out risk assessments for the activity programme schedule.
  • To ensure contingency arrangements are in place in the event of own absence.
  • To be responsible for ensuring the attendance register for each session is completed for members, staff and volunteers.
  • Support athletes to access and engage in the sporting activities
  • Providing encouragement, guidance and support to athletes
  • Make sure participants are safe
  • Liaise with families and carers as appropriate
  • Be an approachable, friendly person with an enthusiasm for providing a engaging and high quality service
  • Attend team meetings
  • Complete and attend training as necessary

Skills and Experience

Experience is needed in delivering sporting activities and a level 1 coaching qualification is essential in a sport but working towards a level 2 is desirable, as well as having the enthusiasm and a willingness to work as part of a team.

Whilst volunteering for us you can develop and gain the following skills to improve your job prospects:

  • Working with adults with additional needs and disabilities
  • An understanding of learning disabilities and difficulties
  • Develop life skills such as communication, time management, interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Opportunity to work in a team
  • Training opportunities
  • Potential access to funding coaching qualifications
  • Coaching skills

NB: this role description may be reviewed annually to meet the requirements of the service.

Please note it is a requirement that all Volunteers hold a satisfactory DBS due to working directly with vulnerable adults

Yorkshire Sport Foundation is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided by third-parties and accepts no liability relating to any information contained on the site. If any contact details have been provided, It is recommended that you contact them directly.

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