Island students complete leadership training

Twenty-six students have completed the first part of the Sure Sports Leader Programme, learning to coach young people in a safe and fun sporting environment.

The week-long course at the National Sports Centre in Douglas was delivered by the Manx Sport and Recreation (MSR) team and sponsored by Sure Isle of Man.

During the course students gained nationally recognised qualifications in first aid, safeguarding and protecting children, as well as acquiring skills in communication, time management and session planning. Under supervision from experienced staff, the students will now help with MSR’s Summer Sports Programme to put their new skills into action.

Sam Caine, Community Sports Development Officer, said: ‘It continues to go from strength-to-strength thanks to the continued support from Sure. We hope that these students will continue their education with us and go on to join our team at the NSC.’

‘From September, they will compile formal coaching logbooks, accumulating coaching hours at MSR organised activities, after-school clubs and at community club training sessions. For this, Sure reward volunteers who clock up the most hours with leaders competing for the Sure Sports Leader of the Year Award at the annual Isle of Man Sport Awards 2021’.

Dr Allinson MHK, Minister for the Department of Education, Sport and Culture, ‘Manx Sport and Recreation continue to deliver a fantastic education programme to our young people – providing them with essential life skills that could lead to employment opportunities and help those moving into higher education.’ 

The award has been written as an NVQ Level 2 course and MSR hope to gain external accreditation to deliver future awards as NVQ qualifications, further strengthening the quality of the programme and the appeal to the Island’s students.