More Sports Coaching Available

by Alastair Hamilton -

Free coaching training is to be made available in badminton, football, gymnastics and golf as part of a Zero Cost Coach Education project supported by Big Lottery Awards for All.

Courses will take place over the next three months and spaces are expected to be in high demand, given that each place will be free to candidates. The aim is to help potential new volunteers overcome one of the barriers to getting involved in coaching and volunteering. It's hoped that more people, from all backgrounds, will get involved in leading and supporting Shetland sport in Commonwealth Games year 2014.

Three sports have already taken advantage of the Zero Cost Coach Education programme with new volunteers and staff achieving certificates in rugby, athletics and a netball course provided by Shetland Islands Council's Active Schools team. With the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup just around the corner, more coaches are required to meet the anticipated spike in interest surrounding these international events.

Carl Clinton, Community Sports Hub Officer said,

“These are excellent opportunities for local sports people to extend their knowledge and skills by achieving sport-specific qualifications and attending personal development workshops. Shetland"s Coaching and Volunteering Group are excited about the opportunities we are bringing to Shetland clubs and coaches with the support of Lottery funding and are encouraging people to take advantage of this year of free education.”

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