With London 2012 fast approaching, the council’s getting into the sporting spirit by offering people the chance to train as sports coaches or officials, or learn to develop a sports club, through a special programme of accredited coaching courses.
Kicking off in January 2011 at sports centres around the borough, the coaching programme offers a wide range of courses — from first aid and safeguarding children to positive behaviour management and equity and fairness — and also cover coaching an array of sports, including gymnastics, boxing and street soccer.
As well as hands-on coaching, the programme provides opportunities to learn more about the financial side of sports, with a course that covers all aspects of funding a sports or physical activity organisation.
Brent sports development officer, Jeni Page, says:
“Everyone knows how good sport and exercise is for peoples’ physical and mental health, but coaching or supporting a sports club can be just as rewarding and exciting. With the Olympics just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to get involved in sports and I hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to enrol on one of the great courses and workshops on offer.”
Cllr. James Powney, Lead member for Environment, Planning and Culture, says:
“This is the third year Brent has run this coaching programme and it’s been very successful. We’re committed to investing in local sports clubs and community groups by training and developing more sports coaches, officials and volunteers because we know our sports clubs can only be as good as the people who make them work.”
Brent’s coaching programme runs from January to March 2011. Course fees range from £10 to £100 and concessionary rates or additional contributions are available in some cases (subject to conditions).
To find out more about the coaching programme, or to book a place on a course, contact Jeni Page on 020 8937 3716.