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Reflecting on Practice Effectively
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The programme outlined in the proposal will utilise a one week period in an EU partner country (UK) to give a number of Coaches within Sport Clubs the opportunity to further enhance their existing knowledge and experiences by learning what is happening in other (larger) countries in sport coaching and youth development sectors covering Football Academy Students and Youths, in order to achieve efficiency in their field. As discovered in previous projects, sport plays a major role in promoting understanding, breaking down barriers and celebrating diversity. Promoted at an early age, sport addresses such issues as levels of inactivity and obesity, the need to support and nurture emerging talent, and the formulation of worthwhile goals and performances from an early age. The proposal involves the placement of coaches in the field of football and futsal for a one week period in the United Kingdom. The participants will use the mobility to further develop coaching techniques for a multi-sports programme. The one week project is aimed to support the participants to engage in a mobility within a full time professional environment that challenges them both physically and mentally while working in a world class facility, with world class specialists. The opportunity to visit another country broadens the participants' expectations, aspirations, and mobility and is culturally very different to Malta. The main aim of the project is to develop each participant so that they can add to their continual professional development (CPD) and skills base. To accomplish this a programme of training will be planned for the project, designed and developed before the mobility takes place. In short, this proposal will offer the participants not only the best opportunity to meet their career aspirations in top level sport but also in providing an academic backup system for fewer talented staff members. This will enable them to achieve the qualifications or skills required to maintain their involvement in their particular sport. The project will benefit participants in their professional development by giving them the opportunity to experience a mobility in a European country and access opportunity that would not normally be available to them. The Host organisation will assist in the design and implementation of the training schedule. NEW College Pontefract has the appropriate sports infrastructure and supporting resources, which are utilised in an optimum way to provide a rich and positive sports mobility experience backed up from an inclusion perspective. They have expert members of staff that maintain a high standard including the pedagogical side of the project. This development will offer trainees not only the best opportunity to meet their sporting career aspirations, by training in European facilities, but also to provide academic backup system for the less skilled. The training content will consist of a 1 week intensive full-time mobility that will provide and include: 1. Meal Times 2. Sport practices, techniques and methodologies in coaching 3. Sessions covering mental preparation 4. "Thinking On Your Feet" Skills and basic creativity and team work, negotiating and working with others 5. Health and safety 6. A cultural and recreational excursion The relevance of the project is related to the Foundation's policy of continued professional development of coaches at all levels. The participant coaches will benefit from a residential environment and will improve both their pedagogical, theoretical and practical understanding of the requirements needed for professional sport coaching and the benefits of combining different sports. NEW College Pontefract in partnership with supporting organisations has been instrumental in the development and enhancement of training programmes and resources devoted to assisting coaches improve in their sporting career. - Knowledge, skills and competence to be acquired: Acquisition of sports specific skills and coaching experience; Application of theory gained from the course of study to training; To increase awareness of European Cultures and Practices; To develop basic language competencies; To develop social skills and softer skills such as independence, confidence and leadership.
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