Argyll and Bute sports coaching festival a resounding success

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5 Feb 2013 - 11:30

Argyll and Bute’s sports coaching festival took place in Oban over the weekend of 1st to 3rd February and has been described as a resounding success. Coaching Champions attracted a record number of volunteers and community leaders willing to train in sports coaching for the benefit of their respective communities.

With over 460 participants, the programme is the largest in Scotland, producing high quality coaching courses delivered by a range of top quality tutors from a wide range of sports which are accessible to all. Coaching Champions has received national recognition for demonstrating innovation and exceptional standards.

Head of Community and Culture Services at Argyll and Bute Council Donald MacVicar said

‘It’s great to know that so many people in Argyll and Bute are willing to give up their own time to support sport development. Coaching Champions is great example of partnership working and voluntary effort .’

One of the key aims of Coaching Champions is to help train new coaches in foundation courses which are ideal for people new to a sport. This regular coaching opportunity helps a variety of clubs to recruit new coaches annually to replace ones who have moved on.

New courses for 2013 included Hockey Leaders, which organiser say reflects a growing interest in the game; Duke of Edinburgh Leader Training -  a first in a partnership to recruit and train volunteer leaders; and a whole host of swimming workshops for teachers and coaches to brush up on their skills. The ‘Swim School’ had over 140 participants in courses ranging from diving to working with additional needs swimmers.

Coaching Champions is a partnership between Argyll and Bute Council Community Services, Stramash Outdoor Social Enterprise, and Atlantis Leisure, with funding support from sportscotland.

The festival offered 46 courses, and was attended by 460+ delegates.

More information online at Coaching Champions