Overview of the Role
The Level 1 Coach Scholar role is a hands on coaching role. Level 1 Coach Scholars are responsible for supporting weekly student to student coaching sessions in their chosen sport during term-time. This could involve supporting a qualified coach or staff member or even leading your own recreational level sessions and is an ideal role for students with some coaching experience who want to further develop their skills while at university. Level 1 Coach Scholars will be pre Level 1 or working towards a Level 1 qualification in their chosen sport. Students who already have a Level 1 or 2 qualification or more experienced coaches should consider the Level 2 Coach Scholar role.
You will be supported and mentored by the leadership team and senior coaches to become a more effective coach as well as articulate the transferable skills coaching gives you in real world situations. It is a fun and challenging role and you will be helping your fellow students to enjoy sport whilst at university as well as developing your own skills.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Deliver a minimum of 2 hours coaching per week in your chosen sports club
- Support a qualified coach or staff member in delivering coaching, or lead the delivery of a recreational level session only
- Contribute to the development and sustainability of your chosen sport at the university
- Represent the University & Leeds Sport in a positive manner
- Complete the Leeds Sport coach employability portfolio 3 times a year
- Record participation details from all sessions delivered on our online system
- Provide regular feedback and good news stories from your sessions
- Attend regular development meetings and observations with your mentor
- Maintain open lines of communication with the Leeds Sport team
- Attend coaching workshops, training and CPD’s as appropriate
Skills and Experience Required
- Be committed to working towards a Level 1 coaching qualification in your chosen sport
- Prior experience of delivering your chosen sport on a development or assistant level
- Weekly commitment to the delivery of sessions and related administration during term time
- Be willing and able to engage with the programme in its entirety including induction, ongoing training and mentoring meetings
- Enthusiasm & energy
- Good communication skills
- Reliable & Trustworthy
- Flexible & Adaptable
- A passion for coaching and developing sport
Communication, Team Working, Leadership, Flexibility, Planning & Organisation, Independent working, Time management.
Training and Support
We want you to have the very best volunteering experience with us; therefore we take care to ensure you get the training and support you need to carry out your role including:
- An initial induction to the organisation and the role
- Free places on semesterly Coaching Masterclasses & forums with our Heads of Sport
- Access to a £150 bursary for further sport specific training, CPDs, First Aid training, Safeguarding training etc.
- Regular mentoring, observations and feedback with sport specific mentors and the Leeds Sport team
Any further training and support needs will be discussed with the Sports Volunteering Officer, who will be your main point of contact.
Reward and Recognition
The time and skills that you provide are invaluable and we make every effort to ensure you feel appreciated in your role. Leeds Sport is invested in retaining volunteers and ensuring their volunteering is a supportive, high quality experience working to the common aims of growing university sport and developing students skills. All Level 1 Coach Scholars will be eligible for the following:
- A uniform in the form of a Leeds Sport leadership t-shirt to wear during their sessions
- Access to The Edge facility on an Edge Club membership
- Access to all training required to complete the role including Safeguarding, First Aid and Coaching Masterclasses
- Access to a £150 bursary for further sport specific training, CPDs, First Aid training, Safeguarding training etc. and guidance on mechanisms of securing further funding
- Volunteer of the month awards
- References from our staff team
Ideally you will be able to commit 3-5 hours per week during term time, consisting of a minimum of 2 hours coaching, travel to and from sessions and administration/planning time. If you are likely to find this commitment difficult, please speak to the Sports Volunteering Officer who will be able to discuss this in more detail.
You will be required to attend any training relevant to your role in line with the Leeds Sport minimum deployment guidelines for volunteers.
- Level 1 Coach Scholars are responsible to Lauren Havercroft, Sports Volunteering Officer in the Leeds Sport Team and their sport specific mentor
- We currently have 20 Level 1 Coach Scholar roles available for 2023-24 academic year representing all sports
- Online applications for the 2023-24 academic are now OPEN and will close on Friday 12th May.
- Following your online application you may be invited for an informal interview with the Sports Volunteering Officer to discuss the role
If you wish to apply for any of our Leeds Sport volunteering positions please complete the form below and a member of our team will be in contact with you.