April has been a busy month for the Coach Development team at SLSGB with the first of the Education Roadshows hitting the Wessex region. The 2016 Education Roadshows have been developed to;
- Increase the number of Level 2 Surf Life Saving Coaches around the country
- Offer personal development opportunities
- Provide face to face support, information, advice and guidance to our clubs and members with an SLSGB member of staff
- Offer a tailor made roadshow to meet regional needs
- Provide networking and sharing best practice opportunities
The Wessex roadshow was hosted by Southbourne SLSC in their shiny new clubhouse, a big thanks for your hospitality and for the use of your facilities. The roadshow kicked off with the Level 1 Assistant Coach course being attended by an enthusiastic cohort of youth members from Branksome Chine SLSC as well as members from Southbourne and Christchurch SLSC, this course looked at the implementation of FUNdamental activities into coaching sessions and the principles of coaching that need to applied, it was great to see such creative ideas being implemented on the beach. A big congratulations to all that attended. The next two days saw the delivery of the Level 2 Lead Coach course and once again the opportunity to share ideas between clubs and coaches from all levels of experience was greatly received. The course has seen an increase in use of the SLSGB coaches facebook page where ideas have been shared and put into practice. Mark Turner who facilitiated this course was delighted with the enthusiasm and energy shown by everyone involved and hoped that everyone left on the Sunday evening with renewed coaching vigour as he did.
The Saturday concluded with the Trainer Assessor CPR update with 20 TA’s in attendance. It was great to see such a high standard of CPR being carried out and have such a positive response to the changes that are being made to education processes within SLSGB, the evening highlighted some really interesting discussion points and it was a fantastic opportunity for us to meet you all. We would also like to say a big congratulations to Surf Steps for flying through their first quality assurance visit, Well Done Andy and your team! In just 4 days we trained 8 level 1 coaches, 7 level 2 coaches and updated 20 TAs, we talked ‘Surf Life Saving’ a lot, met so many of our members, and most importantly saw so much passion and talent in these new up and coming coaches. The next destination for the roadshow is the East region next week at our host club Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards! Keep an eye out for the write up in the May newsletter.
Other Coaching Courses this month…
Level 1 Assistant Coach – Woolacombe SLSC – An excellent course delivered by Keith Gammon, congratulations to all attendees.
Level 2 Lead Coach – Exeter – Kindly hosted by the Devon Young Farmers club which provided an excellent classroom facility , 13 participants attended the two day course which again saw a wide variety of coaching specialties and experiences. It is becoming evident that having members from different clubs attending the coaching programmes has led to some fantastic sharing of good practice and ideas.
Well Done to all participants!
We are a third of the way through this year already and in this time the number of Surf Life Saving club members who have taken part in SLSGB Coach Development programmes has been the best yet with;
46 Level 1 Coaches,
20 Level 2 Coaches,
7 Trainer Assessors
56 existing Trainer Assessors have been updated.
Thanks to all that have been involved so far and we are looking forward to seeing what the next few months brings.