We understand that this is a very difficult time for the Tees Valley paid and volunteer coaching workforce. The current lockdown has meant that all traditional coaching in clubs, community settings and schools/colleges has been suspended. This could be an opportunity for coaches to improve knowledge and access excellent online training. We have highlighted a number of opportunities below;
UK Coaching have temporarily made their most valuable subscriber resources available to everyone who registers for free on UK Coaching. These will equip coaches with the knowledge and skills to operate confidently and competently so that they can meet the wants, needs and dreams of the people they coach. Find an online classroom at a time that suits you, enrol on an eLearning course or listen to a webinar on-the-go.
Current online courses include;
Why not also join the UK Coaching Connected Coaches network and access their forum and resource suite.
StreetGames training develops the workforce to activate change by building skills and knowledge in the areas of sport, physical activity, community safety, mental and physical well-being. We work with organisations to build on talent and develop new areas of expertise. We deliver training to staff, students, apprentices, volunteers, youth workers and young leaders.
The FA – have produced a number of online courses through their website which include leadership, mentoring as well as CPD courses. You need to register as an FA Fan to access the courses but this is free. You can do this here and start accessing the content.
The Open University – Exploring sport coaching and psychology. In this free course, Exploring sport coaching and psychology, you will explore the influence of coaching and psychology through the lens of sports people and teams who have been successful. You will focus on coaching practices used with young people and adults, including research and advice of leaders in their fields.
UK Coaching – Curious Coaches Club What are the things that separate good coaches from great coaches? Well, we know that one of those elements is curiosity; it is the urge you feel to know more about something. Alongside this is the knowledge that the more we learn and find out, the more we realise we don’t actually know as much as we thought! This is where the ‘Curious Coaches Club’ comes in!
Each week UK Coaching will be holding a conversation about a particular coaching topic that they know is important to coaches and one that many would like to learn more about. You see, we are all coaches as well and are fascinated by the process and art of coaching, helping people to learn and grow whilst using sport and activity as the vehicle to achieve this. Sometimes this might be helping another person get better at a specific technical or tactical outcome or it could be to support someone else to increase their confidence or communication skills.
The ‘Curious Coaches Club’ will have three parts to it:
CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) – have created a hub where they have brought together advice and guidance to support those working in the sector – click here to access.
This guidance includes advice on moving your classes and sessions online, including a quick-start guide to live streaming fitness classes. With physical outlets currently closed, the digital world has opened a new way for people to exercise – it’s also a great way to maintain engagement with your participants or meet new ones. This imin guide outlines simple steps to get your classes online, as well as highlighting things to think about before, during and after your classes.
Become who you want to be with OpenClassrooms. Choose your own career path and earn a diploma online with hands-on projects and weekly one-on-one mentorship sessions with a dedicated professional in your field. Gain experience on your CV with OpenClassrooms apprenticeship programs and earn a salary while you learn.
In response to the current situation we are all facing, Newcastle College is offering an exciting programme of FREE courses for adults. Although times are particularly challenging at the moment, why not take this opportunity to enhance your skills or improve your existing knowledge? Topics include mental health awareness and understanding challenging behaviour.
Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity
We have had a great response to the FREE mental health training opportunity in partnership with Mind.One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. With coronavirus currently having a huge impact upon every day life, we know that figure is likely to be much higher at this present time.
We’ve teamed up with Northumberland Sport, Tyne & Wear Sport, County Durham Sport and MIND to roll out FREE mental health awareness training for those working within sport and physical activity.You can access the workshop anytime between 16th April 2020 to 25th September 2020. We are restricting the Free training to 4 individuals from clubs or community groups delivering sport & physical activity to help us reach a wider audience across the Tees Valley. To take up this great opportunity please click here
Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency have provided links to these key areas. You can find more courses on their web page here
Mind – Mental Health Webinars to support clubs and organisations to better understand and support all members colleagues
Mental health training for the sport and physical activity sector, 21 May – Looks at the range of training courses available to upskill individuals and organisations on mental health.
Volunteering – Get Set to Go and Mental Health Champions’ guide, 2 June – Looks at Get Set to Go volunteering and peer support, plus information on Mind’s guide to establishing a Mental Health Champion scheme (due to be launched in early June).
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has guidance and resources to support charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers during the covid-19 pandemic. The guidance includes:
Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency – A variety of training available for volunteers of all sectors to tap in to. These are not specifically for sport but there are many transferable skills to be developed using this resource
FreeStaffTraining.co.uk offer a wide range of training courses online that can enhance your skills and transfer to a sports or physical activity setting. These courses cover a range of subjects from business and IT to Mental Health and event planning.
We know this has been a very difficult time for sports clubs and organisations all over England. The restrictions that were put in place to combat coronavirus (Covid-19) have had an immediate and profound impact on how you can operate, and for many clubs have also caused a significant financial challenge.
At the end of March, Sport England introduced a £195 million package of both exchequer and National Lottery funding to help sport and physical activity, and this recently increased to £210m thanks to a £15m top up of the Community Emergency Fund. The Club Matters website also has a host of practical tips and resources to support you.
The virtual Club Matters workshops are proving popular, so to make sure we can get as many club volunteers onto the sessions as possible we’re promoting the following open workshops. The link below takes you to the booking page for each individual session https://www.sportstructures.com/education-training/book-onto-a-course/club-matters-workshops/
All of the following sessions will be held at 6.30-8.30pm:
Club Matters website has a dedicated coronavirus section that lists all the resources available and includes a detailed Q&A that explains the new regulations in more detail. This will be updated with more information in the days to come. You’ll also be able to read more about funding, including the Community Emergency Fund that has already helped support thousands of clubs and organisations.
We are very aware that some young people have been made redundant during the current Covid 19 problems. Others may be leaving school, college or university during the summer and could be confused about career options in the current climate.
If you are interested in sport & physical activity and interested in kick starting your career ambitions over the coming months, we can offer FREE help.
If you are aged between 15-29 and not currently in education, employment or formal training and have an interest in any of the options listed below you can access support and funding from the Youth Employment Initiative.
Some of the ways we’ve helped include:
We have recently set up an exciting partnership with Middlesbrough Football Foundation to help support their Core Coaching programme. Charlie accessed FREE training and support through the Tees Valley Sport YEI programme completing a football coaching qualification and then successfully applied to join the prestigious Royal Foundation coaching apprenticeship programme coordinated by Middlesbrough Football Foundation.
Charlie is a great example of how young people can gain a foot on the coaching ladder and is now looking forward to a long career as a sports coach. MFC are looking to recruit another group of apprentice coaches later in the year so why not help access these posts by accessing the free training and support through Tees Valley Sport. To read more please click here.
For an informal discussion, if you have any questions or if you just want a quick chat to find out if this is suitable for you or someone you know, please contact Ellen McMillan on 07928 942507 or email email@example.com
With challenging times ahead as the country tackles the Coronavirus outbreak the Institute of Enterprise and Enterpreneurs is supporting as many businesses as possible to survive. They have developed a toolkit of support and learning resources which are available free of charge for as long as the Coronavirus outbreak continues. These resources provide guidance, support and online learning on how to keep operating through the current challenges and include Online Learning Modules, Business Templates and Videos.
The Legal Panel framework has produced guidance on managing legal issues which may have arisen as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Legal Panel Framework is a group of 15 law firms which has been procured by Sport England, UK Sport, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland to provide specific rates and trusted legal services direct to organisations in the sport and recreation sector. Each of the 10 firms operating in England and Wales has created a free-to-access part of their website to focus specifically on coronavirus-related legal issues: Bates, Wells and Braithwaite, Bird and Bird, Brabners, Gateley Plc, Hewitson Moorhead, Hugh James, Mills and Reeve, Muckle, Shakespeare Martineau, Wright Hassall.
The FSB, UK Active and Sport England has developed a hub of information to support small businesses through coronavirus, including a new ‘Looking after your health and wellbeing’ section created in partnership with us and ukactive with advice, resources and tips on how to keep your employees active and well during the pandemic and beyond.
Sport England in conjunction with UK Sport and BDO have developed a web hub with guidance on government support packages, tax, operational finance, business continuity, risk management, IT and cyber-security for use during the pandemic.
The academy is a governance support hub for the sports sector to help organisations to adapt governance processes to the challenges imposed by coronavirus. The services are provided free to support, develop and connect people who work in, and have an interest in, the sector.
This guidance includes advice on how to stay in contact with your community during the coronavirus crisis using social media and inclusive communications. The social media guide gives advice on creating the perfect post and best practice when using social media to keep engaged with and support your community. The Activity Alliance also has a bank of fact sheets about producing inclusive and accessible communications.
Google Ad Grants can help your organisation appear in google search results and give a big boost to people discovering your organisation and traffic to your website. It includes free advertising in Google search results up to a value of £7,500 per month. You can sign up on the Ad Grants website, and further information can be found via this Ad Grant video and Ad Grant Activation Guide.
Advice on how to develop new digital skills across a range of social media platforms, including Google, Facebook and Instagram. Social media can provide a great way to grow an sustain an organisation. These guides from the Google Digital Garage, YouTube Creator Academy and Facebook Business Hub (including Instagram), give advice on developing new digital skills, setting up a YouTube channel, examples of best practice and tips on digital marketing to help you prepare for what comes next.
Google’s online courses enable you to learn at your own pace, with flexible and personalised training courses designed to build your confidence and help you thrive. Topics include;