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Sport Coaching Development - A Step nearer to the workplace
Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 30 Jun 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our proposed project 'a step nearer to the workplace' is designed to provide an opportunity for young people from diverse backgrounds, many of which are from lower class backgrounds with fewer opportunities. The foreign travel opportunity is aimed at developing a range of specific job related competencies whilst promoting good behaviours and allowing for the natural improvement of interpersonal skills such as communication, friendliness, optimism and confidence among our participants. All of which increase the likelihood of employment prospects for our learners.AMsportstours provide many college students who are studying Higher National certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in local colleges work experience coaching activities as part of developing their own skills and satisfying criteria of their respective course qualifications. It is from this that we recognised a real need for young people to be subject to a foreign travel experience to help further enhance not only their coaching skills but just as importantly their social skills. We understand through our work in different countries the challenges that need to be presented to stimulate development and this environment simply could not be created in Scotland. An idea that was very achievable for AMsportstours to develop through our expertise in both delivering and managing custom built travel experiences combined with our provision of work placement activities for students in the local area. Our target group for the project are students across local colleges who are all completing work experience with AMsportstours and our sports coaching programmes in the local area as part of their own personal development and course requirements. In total we will provide work experience opportunities for 200 students, the students will be a mixture of males and females aged from 16 - 32 years old. We will engage each respective college where the students are studying and involve them in the selection process. This is important as we aim to create a good system in recruiting the most committed students who will clearly be influenced more by the learning outcomes of the project. The planned activities will consist of the participants following the working day of a professional coach from our host partners, whilst taking on more and more responsibility as the placement progresses. This is done on an individual basis as some participants who are more experienced are ready for the next challenge whereas other participants who are less experienced take extra time to build their confidence before this transition and this is how we can ensure that the placement is relevant and valuable to the specific training needs of each individual. The activities include the planning, delivery and evaluation of coaching sessions and participants will work alongside their designated mentor coach from the host partner. They will begin by following the working day of their mentor coach, which will entail getting up at 7am to prepare and travel to session venue, set up, deliver and then evaluate lessons learned. The participants will also attend workshops each day provided by our host partner on various elements of coaching, such as communication, methods and session development. Activities during days off on placement are important to ehance cultural awareness, participants are given freedom to explore the city using public transport methods. We will arrange social activities for the participants to engage with the natives through friendly sport matches in football, basketball and Rugby.We envisage the the project will increase the employment opportunities for the participants as they gain valuable coaching experience and also develop their own personality and character. In addition to this the recognition the participants are awarded from completion of the project can support their bid to stand out from the crowd when moving towards their next steps in further education or employment. The more established we become in delivering mobilities and exploiting the results the more opportunities that will arise. Reaching a large and particular audience with positive outcomes about our learners will naturally lead to recognition of our mobility project and its objectives at national and international levels. The exact impact we desire and through the support of such key decision makers at this level will to promote the need to integrate foreign and cultural experiences in education leading to improved skilled workers and employment levels. Changes to policy and practice in the education system to allow this could mean that an increase in the education budget being a long term wise investment for the government. Our mobility stats and stories will be used to argue this case.
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