Special Olympics; Volunteer Sports Coaches

Description: Special Olympics Gateshead is a sporting club and registered charity that provides weekly sports training to over 200 children and adults with learning disabilities across Tyne & Wear., The weekly training provides athletes with the skills and confidence to then go onto compete in regional, national and international competitions., 4 of the club's athletes have represented Great Britain in international events and the charity has a strong partnership with Newcastle United, with the club's academy players being mentors for Special Olympic Footballers, The primary aim of the sporting club is to enable people with disabilities to have the opportunities to fulfil their sporting aspirations as much as people without disabilities. By taking part in the Special Olympics Programme, athletes become physcially fitter, improve their confidence and feelings of self-worth, make new friends and can showcase their talents and potential - demonstrating that there is an Olympian in every one of us. , Special Olympics Gateshead is a mulit-award winning sporting club that provides weekly training in 10 sports to 174 athletes (with disabilities) with 4 Great Britain internationals and 55 National medal winners.  The charity has grown exponentially and secured prodigious successes for its athletes. The project is extremely effective in fortiying a strong spirit within a sustainable community.  The sporting club holds an annual awards night to recognise the sporting endeavours of every athlete and in December 2019 Alan Shearer, presented medals and trophies to each athlete., The project has access to use of the mainstream sporting venues such as Gateshead International Stadium and Gateshead Leisure Centre from which to deliver.  This further provides visibility of athletes and developing their social status in the community., The project delivers a unique sporting programme of activities.  Volunteer coaches are required to train athletes in its programme of 10 sports.  The volunteers will initially assist existing club sports coaches within the sporting club in delivering the weekly training sessions to athletes. , Volunteers will be funded to acquire a sporting qualification which will enable them to become a lead coach in delivering sessions themselves.  This provision will also include the delivery of sports sessions to children with disabilities from Gateshead Specialist Schools, providing them with the "greatest start in life"., Our volunteer sports coaches will teach the skills and spirit that define a true athlete.  Coaches are role models and character builders., Volunteer sport coaches within the project will help athletes with intellectual disabilities find their own strengths and abilities and build upon those strengths and improve every day. , The coaching role will provide the following:, , an opportunity to get involved in a unique sporting project in the North East, an opportunity to gain an accredited sporst coach qualification (paid for) with experience alongside it.  Such a qualification may support an individual in their pursuit of paid employment., a chance to get invovled and support children and adults with learning disabilities, an opportunity to get involved with a group of volunteers who are all passionate about the project, an opportunity to gain experience and skills in operating as a coach in some of the main sporting facilties in the North East, an opportunity to get involved in a project that is focussed upon participation rather than performance, , Volunteers will need to attend a briefing session and a basic introduction to Special Olympics., , Skills and qualifications needed: Volunteer Sport Coaches will need the following Skills:, , an interest in sporting activities, an interest/experience in supporting people with learning disabilities, a desire to get involved and work with a team of people, an accredited qualification will be acquired through the role however any sporting experience and qualifications already gained will be beneficial, good communication skills, desire to be involved in a project which shares skills and friendship with individuals, families orther Special Olympics Athletes and the community, to become a role model and a character builder, bring enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude to each practice, event and competition, capability to enhance athletes' sport techniques, tactics and fitness., , Additional Information: , Contact details: volunteering@gateshead.gov.uk

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