Thirteen volunteers are the latest to be handed the opportunity to help develop sport in their local communities after successfully completing the Sports Leaders’ UK Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership.
Bolsover District Council ran the course at Shirebrook Academy with the candidates attending training sessions over a 10 week period since October 2011.
The course helps the local sporting volunteers develop their leadership skills as well as contributing to their personal development.
Candidates have gained knowledge in various topics including session planning, communication, health and fitness, mini games, emergency aid and child protection.
Over the next few months candidates will now have to complete 10 voluntary hours in their local communities before receiving their nationally recognised certificate.
It is also hoped that they will support council events taking place in 2012 such as the Sport Relief Mile.
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts and Leisure, Cllr Ann Syrett said: “This is a very popular course and prepares volunteers so that they can independently lead safe, purposeful and enjoyable sporting and recreational activities within their communities.
“Over the past year alone, we have had 37 individuals successfully complete this course and go on to volunteer in their local sports clubs where they have provided activities for the benefit of their local communities.”
One of the candidates said: “It’s the best thing I have ever done. I really enjoyed it.” Anyone aged 16 and over living in Bolsover district and interested in finding out more information or booking a place on the next course should visit www.bolsover.gov.uk/coach-education-a-courses, telephone 01246 593066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.