8th July 2020
This is what Shaun Martin thought about the MSL Certification:
''I found the MSL certification very beneficial to me. I feel I will definitely use it within my coaching going forward. It gave me a completely different outlook on coaching and the different aspects to look at when approaching it. I found the course relatively easy to get through and a big factor was the format of it, and with the quiz at the end of each lesson made sure you were taking away the main points trying to be made. I would definitely recommend it to other young people as you are supported every step of the course if you need help or examples of situations to help you understand it that little bit better and it can be done in your own time, allowing you to go at your own pace with no pressure on finishing it for a certain date''
31st July 2020
Gavin Miller had this to say about the MSL Certification course:
'' I found the course to be very helpful and the quiz at the end of each one made me aware of bits I wasn’t to sure of, but I will take this forward with me when I do my coaching. I would recommend it.
Adam Miller had this to say about the MSL Certificattion
''I found the course to be easy and helpful for me going forward in my coaching career. The quiz at the end of everyone was very helpful I would recommend it to everyone to do it''
Keith Brown MSP had this to say about CMS Academy
‘’CMS Academy allows people to build confidence, build those personal skills necessary to take those opportunities to go onto work and positive futures.
The Academy is doing extremely important work and great to see.
The course develop the ability to communicate and think differently about things. It helps to build confidence’’
John a recent participant had this to say:
"Really enjoyed the course and felt it helped with social interaction as it encouraged me to meet and speak to new people.
I also had to plan my journey each week using public transport and ensure that I got buses to get me there on time.
I liked the format and particularly enjoyed the last 3 sessions. The reason for this is the group was smaller and I felt I coped better in that environment as I was encouraged to talk and felt confident talking to less people.
Suggestions for future programmes would be to keep groups smaller."
Gavin another participant had this to say
“It was really fun to do the training course. It will help a lot when I am volunteering / coaching. It showed you all different ways of coaching with confidence and how to manage a group and get them to listen to you and take part and it also helped to build my confidence in coaching.
Stirling Council has supported Coach My Sport (CiC) through their community grants funding with a small grant of £1500 to start a branch of Coach My Sport in the Bannockburn Cluster. This will enable Alex Don who has now been employed as a coach at Coach My Sport to setup a branch and continue his development. The pathway created by Coach My Sport through the CMS Academy has allowed Alex to move to a positive destination of full time employment.
Gordon Wright at Stirling Council’s Learning & Employability Team provided funding to support the recruitment of both Alex and Gavin who were employed as Modern Apprentices (MA) in January 2020.
Alex was referred to Coach My Sport through Megan Scott from the Senior Phase and Youth Participation Team at Stirling Council in November 2018 and he completed the CMS Academy training prior to being employed as a MA.
Gordon has now also provided funding for Shaun Martin who started as a Modern Apprentice in January 2020.
Coach My Sport and CMS Academy have also worked with the Youth Participation team and have had a number of young people coming on work experience at Coach My Sport.
Students from Stirling University have also worked with Coach My Sport on work experience.
20-year-old Gavin, who has autism, applied to the Transition Fund to help him achieve his dream of becoming a sports coach.
Not letting anything hold him back from achieving his goal, the funding allowed Gavin to complete an eight-week training programme with Coach My Sport.
“I’ve always wanted to be a coach, because when you’re younger you don’t have that many things to do and you want to give back to the people that have helped you.
“My job is to coach children of all ages and help them to improve their sports skills, while also letting them have fun at the same time. We do a lot in a week – they’re always learning a new skill.
“My favourite thing about coaching is seeing them all happy and enjoying themselves.”
Gavin first started working as a volunteer for Forth Valley Disability Sport, Falkirk Community Trust and GOGA, clocking up an impressive 280 hours of volunteering through the Saltire Awards.
In 2018, Gavin volunteered with Coach My Sport, helping to deliver coaching sessions to children as part of the Multi SkillZ Programme. Later that year, Coach My Sport launched the CMS Academy Programme where Gavin was one of the first participants.
Gavin now works as an assistant coach with Coach My Sport. He has been in the position since January 2019.
“I think the Transition Fund is a great idea, it helps you get into work and gets you started.
“It’s definitely helped me get more independent, because I would not have been able to do this five years ago.”
During his time at Coach My Sport, where he is still employed, Gavin has proved to be a great and reliable coach, receiving positive feedback from both parents and children.
Gavin continues to grow and is on the Young Start Programme being delivered by Scottish Disability Sport, which features modules on Mentoring, Volunteer Management, Child Well Being and Protection, Coach Transition and Multi Skill Award.
Tony, Founding Director at Coach my Sport and Gavin’s manager added:
“With the help of ILF Scotland funding Gavin has succeeded in developing into a super coach and fantastic young man whose future looks bright.”
Want to #TrySomethingNew like Gavin? You too could benefit from the Transition Fund! Simply fill out an application form to tell us about your goal and how the Transition Fund can help you.
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