Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Volunteer opportunity

Chorley Panthers Rugby League Club are recruiting volunteers to assist with further development within their local community.

As a volunteer at Chorley Panthers you will have a varied, exciting and rewarding role, working with many external partners as they continue to raise their community profile.

The club delivers regular coaching sessions to both children and adults from their superb facilities at Chisnall playing fields and also externally within the community.

Chorley Panthers currently have 18 teams playing various formats of Rugby League and cover age ranges from 6 years old upwards.

Rugby League is delivered through Mini, Modified, Full, Touch, Tag and a Masters version of the sport and as a community club the Panthers cater for all genders and abilities.

Volunteering will give you the opportunity to work with and deliver coaching sessions to their existing teams, local schools, youth clubs and other groups such as Cubs, Scouts, Guides and Cadets.

You will also be given to opportunity to take on other roles within the club that cover administration, fund raising and planning within a new sub group that will evaluate and implement strategy on how they continue to develop themselves as a club, their members as participants and the community over the coming years.

To apply or for further information on becoming part of the volunteer group at Chorley Panthers, please send a brief outline of why you are applying to become a volunteer along with your contact details to Alan Bowers.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Coaching opportunity

A well-established Blackburn-based Community Charter Standard Club need a Coach to manage their U10 Girls football team.

The team train indoors on Mondays, 7-8pm, at Queen Elizabeth School Sports Hall, Lammack, and they play their home fixtures on Saturday mornings.

Ideally the club are looking for two qualified level 1 coaches to support the team and provide a great experience for the girls.

This is a great opportunity to develop your coaching experience and skills with a very supportive club.

If this is something you can commit to please email Cliff Olsson.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Football coaching opportunity

AC Preston Junior Football Club require a Coach for their U15 team.

This is an ideal opportunity for 1st or 2nd students to gain some coaching experience to add to their CV.

The club trains at Ashton High School on Thursdays from 6-7pm, with games on Sundays at 2pm.

For further information please email Nick Zuch or Tel: 07506 476996.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Coaching opportunity

Southport College require a Coach to run their Volleyball Academy.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain some coaching experience and enhance their CV.

For further information please email Jack Davenport.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Graduate secures Abu Dhabi role

Career paths often take many different twists and turns, with opportunities sometimes presenting themselves in unusual ways.

Taylor Collard spent some time in Spain, before joining the UCLan Coaching programme at Myerscough College.

After successfully progressing onto and completing our top-up course at Preston campus, Taylor has now secured a coaching role at the American University of Sharjah in Abu Dhabi.

He initially wanted to be an athlete, before going on to play semi-professional football for Club Deportivo Jávea in Spain. His coach there was familiar with the UCLan courses at Myerscough and recommended them to Taylor.

During the course of his studies, he undertook a work placement at Preston North End FC as an Academy Assistant as part of a Work Skills Development module. Halfway through his second year he was taken on as a Performance Analyst, recording data for the Youth and Academy teams.

Taylor said the transition from Myerscough to UCLan was rewarding: "Going from a class of 20 to 150 had its benefits in that there were lots more fellow students to be supported by. Some of my FD class topped up to the same course so I wasn't totally alone.

"Being able to actually study at the university and learn different aspects of sports coaching was great as there were a wide variety of disciplines within the course, such as gymnastics, cricket and rugby.

"We learned from each other, particularly through an online blog we conducted as part of our module called Practice and Reflection. I really enjoyed the intellectual discussion that went on during the workshops - it was a different level to what I was used to.

"We discussed the psychology of athletics, the difference approaches used by athletes and how that affects their performance and the suitability of that approach to their sport.

"I'd like to thank Cliff Olsson at UCLan who was open and approachable, and always asked how I was doing when he met me. Chris Yiannaki at Myerscough was also very helpful. I'd absolutely recommend the UCLan Sports Coaching programme to others."

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Local hockey club requires volunteers

Garstang Ladies Hockey Club (based at UCLan Sports Arena) have some fantastic opportunities available for anyone who'd like to get involved in the sport.

They are looking for student volunteers who need experience for their relevant degree, or for those who'd just like to get involved in a local club or simply love hockey.

They currently have coaching opportunities in their Junior Hockey programme and for their Ladies 2nd and 3rd teams.

The club also have a number of other positions available – for full details please click here. If you need any further information please contact Josephine Rice on 07734 775346.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Ambassador role leads to University job

We recommend all our students gain relevant work experience as part of their studies.

Luke Ellis recently graduated from our Sports Coaching programme with First Class Honours and is a great example of someone who took this advice on board.

Luke undertook a variety of posts during his time at UCLan, including with M & M Mentoring and as a course representative.

However, it was his role as a Tennis Ambassador which was the catalyst for Luke's progression into full-time employment at Brunel University.

"For several years I've been involved in tennis coaching at Hylands CASC, Essex," said Luke. "It's a club which has worked hard to ensure it has a friendly, inclusive and welcoming atmosphere, where any level of player would feel at home. During my final year at university I had the opportunity to bring this ethos to the UCLan Tennis Club after securing a position on the committee.

"We worked hard to establish new regular sessions, such as cardio tennis and touch tennis. Due to the club’s commitment to positive change, Robert Henson (Tennis Chairman and recent graduate) and I were appointed Tennis Ambassadors.

"The position is funded by the Tennis Foundation, the charitable arm of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), whereby the prime objective is to get more students to engage in the sport. This allowed us to add even more to the tennis offering with the addition of Timed Tennis Leagues, thanks to the provision of an excellent resource pack from the LTA."

The club attracted its highest member numbers in several years during 2013/14. UCLan Sports Development Officer Darren Waldron was so impressed with the scheme he is looking to continue it this year and beyond.

Since graduating, Luke has been appointed as Tennis Coordinator at Brunel University. The role offers him the opportunity to work closely with the LTA and Tennis Federation, and is a potential stepping stone into either. Luke is also furthering his studies with a part-time Master's in Education.

He has this advice for current students: "My top tip would be to do more than you're expected and grab opportunities with both hands.

"I've done this and as a result I've been on a leadership course in Cyprus, had my work published and operated on behalf of 12 Pacific Oceania nations at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

"I've also set up Supernova Sports Coaching alongside another UCLan graduate, Sam Yates. I'm doing something I love doing and I'm passionate about - life is what you make it, so you might as well make it good."