Nelson Mandela once said, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.”
The Academy will be working with young people not in education, employment or training to upskill them to become sports coaches, we will also be working with young people who have a disability whether sensory, physical or mental.
A key part of the programme is that we will be delivering the practical element of the coaching in the locations where the young people will come from, thereby ensuring they become role models for the future, reducing ASB, and being able to give back to the community as a sports coach whether at school, club or own enterprise.
Our vision is that the young coaches inspire children to become active, improve their motor skills, develop a love of sport, being active moving away from screens to playing outdoors.
CMS Academy will provide a one-stop-shop to the unemployed youth of the Stirling Council Area looking to pursue a career in sports coaching by:
- Placing the participants on a nationally recognised programme specialising in enhancing sports coaches, youth workers and volunteers understanding of personal development through sport
- Providing the participants with relevant coaching opportunities through Coach My Sport, Primary & Secondary Schools, Sports Clubs
- Mentoring the participants
- Giving participants hope and employability in a sector they want to work in
Obtaining recognised qualifications with, becoming employed, enhancing mental well-being through increased confidence and self-esteem, and motivated for the future, were all effects identified in coaches.
There are currently over 100 Clubs registered with ClubSport Stirling so the demand for those with relevant qualifications as never been greater. And with sports teaching and coaching now recognised as a progressive career, there is great opportunity to engage with youngsters and encourage them to follow a programme that will provide them with the both the knowledge and practical experience that will not only develop their self-esteem and self-worth, but will make them employable.
While individuals should have access to opportunities to participate in sport, not everyone does, not everyone want to and the majority of us don’t have the talent or commitment to become a great sportsman or sportswoman. They may, however, make great coaches.
Sports coaching provides both development and employment opportunities for individuals and is now a recognised career.