Coach Parker Programme
Overview of the role
Our new Coach Parker programme in partnership with BUCS & Our Parks is an exciting opportunity for students to get involved in the delivery of outdoor sport & physical activity for their peers and other target groups. Our Coach Parkers will be upskilled with a Level 2 Award enabling them to lead outdoor fitness classes such as HIIT, boot camps and circuits on our fabulous outdoor campus spaces. Coach Parkers might also work with targeted groups out in the wider Leeds community. Coach Parkers will lead fun, accessible, inclusive outdoor sessions in areas like LUU, the precinct and Woodhouse Moor Park which reach the inactive and engage new audiences – maximising our community outdoor spaces for the benefit of everyone. No gym membership or fancy equipment needed – just turn up and tone up with us! It is a fun and challenging role and you will be helping your fellow students to become more active whilst at university as well as developing your own skills. Absolutely anybody can become a Coach Parker. You do not need any previous experience of delivering activities. We are looking for people with excellent soft skills and an interest in supporting others to improve their health and wellbeing. If you can bring an engaging and lively personality, we can upskill you with all the sporting skills you need to be a successful Coach Parker!
Duties & responsibilities
- Commit to support the piloting of at least one Coach Parker project during the course of the 22-23 academic year. As this is a new project, we have the freedom to develop and pilot a range of activities but this could include delivering pilot sessions across campus or in the wider community.
- Attend all training required for the role in line with the Leeds Sport minimum deployment guidelines including the Level 2 Award elearning modules and subsequent assessment day and ‘audition’
- Contribute to the development and sustainability of the Coach Parker programme at the university
- Represent the University, BUCS, Our Parks & Leeds Sport in a positive manner
- Record participation details from all sessions delivered on our online system
- Provide regular feedback from your sessions
- Design & deliver fun, inclusive, welcoming and safe sessions including a warmup and cool down
- Maintain open lines of communication with the Leeds Sport team
- Use social media to spread the word about Coach Parker sessions
Skills & experience required
- You do not need prior experience of delivering sport & physical activity as full training will be provided, however prior experience of leading others is desirable
- A passion for developing wellbeing and supporting people to become more active
- A desire to maximise the usage of our community outdoor spaces
- An interest in outdoor activity and fitness classes particularly HIIT, circuits and boot camp style interventions
- Excellent people & communication skills
- A commitment to delivering sessions which are inclusive and accessible for all students
- Be willing and able to engage with the programme in its entirety including elearning modules, the assessment day, ‘audition’ and subsequent delivery
- Enthusiasm, energy & a positive ‘can do’ attitude
- The ability to work independently as well as part of a team
- Flexible & adaptable
Communication, Team Working, Leadership, Flexibility, Planning & Organisation, Independent working, Time management.
Training & 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
- Level 2 Award in Coach Parker sessions (blended course involving completing a series of elearning modules followed by an in-person assessment day and Coach Parker ‘audition’ – see dates below)
- Ongoing mentoring and support from 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 & 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 Coach Parkers 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 all training required to complete the role including a formal Level 2 Award in Coach Parker sessions
- Volunteer of the month awards
- References from our staff team
Ideally you will be able to commit to attend a Coach Parker assessment day/ audition (8 hours) and complete all of the Level 2 Award elearning modules in preparation for this (roughly 18 hours). Following this you will be able to commit to the delivery of 5-10 follow up sessions – these may involve supporting our lifestyle & wellbeing practitioners to deliver sessions, or you may even feel ready to deliver your own sessions! 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.
- Coach Parkers are responsible to Lauren Havercroft, Sports Volunteering Officer in the Leeds Sport Team
- Our next Coach Parker course assessment and audition day will take place on:
Friday 28th April 2023 9-5pm
Applications for this intake are now CLOSED and will re-open in the 23/24 academic year.
- Following your online application you will be invited to an informal interview to discuss the role and your suitability in more detail
- This will be followed by your enrolment on the eLearning module in preparation for the subsequent assessment day/ audition
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.