Coaching Academy in West Dunbartonshire welcomes 55 secondary school students

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Students from across the region eager to pursue a career in sport have entered the second year of Coaching Academy in West Dunbartonshire.

Led by the Active Schools team at West Dunbartonshire Leisure, the academy will give 55 secondary school students in high schools across the region the opportunity to acquire invaluable employability skills and athletic credentials.

Students will be trained and developed as academy coaches or apprentice coaches as part of the program.

Academy coaches work towards achieving a Level 1 qualification in a sport of their choice and take courses that include training in first aid, child protection and disability awareness.



The interactive academy helps young people learn new skills.

They will also complete a 20-hour volunteer internship, supporting and facilitating sports sessions within their own high school, local elementary school, or the wider community.

Apprentice coaches will receive an introductory training prize as well as first aid and child protection training.

They will participate in a 10 hour volunteer internship and after successfully completing the apprenticeship year they will be able to move on to the academy program.

All students involved in the program receive a Coaching Academy branded kit to wear and will be PVG checked.

Former academy coach Polly Anderson, 17, currently attends City of Glasgow College where she is studying athletic training.

She explained the benefits of the academy, saying, “The course has helped me gain confidence and has helped me to speak in public and become a better coach.

“I would definitely recommend others to register for the course, as long as you are engaged it will be a great opportunity.

“I want to thank everyone at the Leisure Trust for this great opportunity, as volunteering has helped me secure my place in college and has also led me to other volunteer roles.”

The program, funded by the National Lottery, will last three years.



Launch of the WD Coaching Academy at Clydebank Leisure Center
Students have the chance to try new sports.

Speaking at a launch event last week, OLSP student Jack McLaffery, 16, said: “I really enjoyed meeting people from other schools and hearing more about the program.

Provost William Hendrie, Chairman of the Leisure Trust, added: “The Coaching Academy offers a fantastic opportunity for young people in West Dunbartonshire who are considering pursuing a career in sport.

“The Active Schools team has a wealth of experience to share with our students and will be at your disposal to guide and support them in their steps towards practical qualifications, as well as to gain valuable experience in the sports industry through internships.

“The Coaching Academy also means that active schools will have more young coaches in the area, which will allow children and young people in West Dunbartonshire to be more active, more often. “

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