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Coach Education Plan 2007/2008 6 March 2007

The Department of Tourism and Leisure Sport Development Unit are pleased to announce the launch of their Coach Education Programme 2007/2008. The Unit, based at the National Sports Centre, have worked in conjunction with the national body for coaches, Sports Coach UK, to ensure that the Island’s coaches have access to a good range of educational and development opportunities.

The Sport Development Unit have invested a considerable amount of time and resources to ensure that the Island has a pool of qualified coaches capable of delivering Sports Coach UK workshops. Additionally, a number of sports now have tutors on the Island who can deliver National Governing Body Level 1 and Level 2 coaching courses.

The Sports Coach UK workshops include essential topics such as ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Equity in Your Coaching’. These and other very relevant workshops run over an 18 month period and are detailed in a Coach Education booklet accompanied by an application form. Also the booklet has information on forthcoming emergency first aid courses and Sport Development in house training opportunities for new and existing coaches. Anyone requiring details on National Governing Body coaching courses will find respective email and phone contacts inside the booklet.

Sport Development Officer Gianni Epifani said:

‘Training and development opportunities for coaches are essential to the development of sport at all levels. Also a qualified coach, through appropriate training, will have the skills to deliver a fun, safe and effective training session.’

In July 2007 the Sport Development Unit plan to launch an Isle of Man Coaches Association. One of the roles of the Association will be to ensure that all active coaches are child protection and first aid trained, as well as having a current National Governing Body Level 1 qualification. All coaches who sign up to the Association will be entitled to subsidised rates on Sports Coach UK workshops plus other benefits yet to be finalised. More details will be available in the coming weeks regarding the launch of the Association.

Anybody requiring further information on the coach education plan, or a copy of the booklet and workshop application form, please contact Gianni Epifani at the Sport Development Unit on 688592 or email: enquiries@msr.dtl.gov .

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