Get Moving Community Sports Leader Programme

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR THIS PROGRAMME HAS NOW ENDED

Are you passionate about walking, cycling or running and keen to share this with others? The Sports Leader programme provides you with training and coaching qualifications to enable you to deliver quality sport and physical activity experiences within your local community.   

As part of the Get Moving ABC initiative, the aim is to increase the variety and number of activities on offer and support people to be active every day.

FAQ's

Who is the Get Moving Community Sports Leader Programme for?

The programme is for people interested in becoming a qualified leader in either walking, cycling, or running. We are particularly keen to hear from those who support people with long-term health issues, disabilities, families and organisations working with children & young people.

Each programme has been carefully designed to give participants the skills, knowledge and practical experience to deliver physical activity sessions to individuals, groups or families living in the Borough.

How much does it cost?

This programme is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and the Public Health Agency (PHA).

All programmes are FREE.

What are the programme's criteria?

You must:

  • Reside in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.
  • Be over 18 years old.
  • Have a passion for sports and for leading and coaching others.
  • Work or volunteer with individuals, groups or families in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.
  • Attend one programme.
  • Deliver 30 hours of coaching per year for a minimum of two years.
  • Complete and return quarterly monitoring reports.
  • Volunteer at one Council event per year, i.e. Craigavon Lakes 10k, Sensory Mile, or Sportive etc.

When will the programmes be delivered?

We aim to deliver all programmes between April 2021– June 2021. Due to COVID 19, many of the courses will be delivered virtually, but where practical sessions are required ie first aid – resuscitation, times and dates will be arranged when restrictions lift and it is safe to do so. Government COVID-19 guidelines will be adhered to at all times. Please view each course programme for more details.

 

First Aid Course

First aid course will be delivered in two parts. The theory will be delivered virtually over 4 hours and the pracital session will be delivered face to face. Dates can be booked during registration.

Virtual dates:

Saturday 10th April 09.30- 13.30pm
Sunday 11th April 13.00pm – 17.00pm
Saturday 17th April 09.30- 13.30pm
Friday 23rd April 09.30- 13.30pm
Tuesday 13th & Tuesday 20th April – 7pm – 9pm each night
Wednesday 16th & Wednesday 21st April – 7pm – 9pm each night
Thursday 15th & Thursday 22nd April – 7pm – 9pm each night

 

Practical dates:

Saturday 5th June 10.00am – 12.30pm  – Gosford Forest Park
Saturday 5th June 13.30am – 16.00pm – Gosford Forest Park
Sunday 6th June 10.00am – 12.30pm – Craigavon Golf and Ski Centre
Sunday 6th June  13.30am – 16.00pm – Craigavon Golf and Ski Centre
Saturday 12th June 10.00am – 12.30pm  – Gosford Forest Park

How do I secure a place on a programme?

Places on the courses are limited and will be allocated to those who meet the programme’s criteria and complete and return the Expression of Interest form. Please note, expressing an interest does not guarantee you a place.

Preference will be given to those who:

  • Have a proven track record of volunteering in a community setting.
  • Engage with those who are less likely to be active.
  • Engage with families, children and young people.
  • Engage with people with a disability.

Programme timetable:

Expression of Interest closes Thursday 8th April 2021 12:00hrs

Expression of Interest assessed Thursday 8th April 2021

Place confirmed by e-mail Tuesday 6th April 2021

Programme delivery April – June 2021

PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE

Each programme includes a coaching award, a first aid course, pre or post course training and disability awareness training, where appropriate. View each programme for more details.

Community Ride Leader Programme

This programme is suitable for someone from a local community group, charity groups or health and well-being projects. ©

The programme consists of the following elements:

Ride Leaders perquisites

To attend the course candidates must:

  • have the fitness level to ride for approximately 20km, on a route that may contain hilly sections.
  • be comfortable cycling in a group in close proximity to other riders.
  • be comfortable cycling on busy roads in close proximity to traffic.
  • be comfortable taking either hand off the handlebars.
  • be able to ride in a straight line whilst looking over either shoulder.
  • be able to fix a puncture.
  • be aware of the basic laws pertaining to cycling on the road.
  • attend with a bike and helmet in safe working order.

Times and Dates to be confirmed subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

Community Inclusive Ride Leader Programme

Get Moving Community Inclusive Ride Leader programme

This programme is for someone who has an abundance of time to commit to volunteering. Delivered in conjunction with Disability Sport NI, participants will acquire the skills and knowledge to lead sessions using the inclusive bikes at South Lake Leisure Centre and the all-terrain buggies at Gosford Forest Park https://www.dsni.co.uk/community-sport/key-community-projects/all-out-trekking

Participants will become volunteers with Disability Sport NI and become part of the team delivering sessions to people with disabilities. DSNI Volunteer Policy

The programme consists of the following elements:

  • One day Cycling Ireland Ride Leaders Award – Gosford Forest Park
  • One day pre-course training – South Lake Leisure Centre – 23rd May 2021
  • One day pre-course training – Gosford Forest Park
  • One day bike maintenance course, Gosford Forest Park
  • First Aid Course
  • Disability Awareness Training
  • Access NI check

Times and Dates to be confirmed subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

Ride Leaders prerequisites

To attend the course candidates must:

  • have the fitness level to ride for approximately 20km, on a route that may contain hilly sections.
  • be comfortable cycling in a group in close proximity to other riders.
  • be comfortable cycling on busy roads in close proximity to traffic.
  • be comfortable taking either hand off the handlebars.
  • be able to ride in a straight line whilst looking over either shoulder.
  • be able to fix a puncture.
  • be aware of the basic laws pertaining to cycling on the road.
  • attend with a bike and helmet in safe working order

Community Sports Walk Leaders

This programme is suitable for someone involved with a local community group, charity group or health and well-being project. The programme will teach you how to plan your route, carry out a risk assessment, select what equipment to carry and how to read a weather forecast. All the skills you need to become a great walk leader. 

The programme consists of the following elements:

  • Southern Health Trust Walk Leaders, virtual online course. April 22nd 10am or 6.30pm 2.30hrs
  • One day post-course training – South Lake Leisure Centre
  • First Aid Course
  • Access NI check

Times and dates to be confirmed subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

Community Inclusive Walk Leaders – Walking with poles

This programme is suitable for someone involved with a supported living service, over 50’s groups, or a charity supporting people with long term illnesses, i.e. Macmillan Cancer Support, Chest, Heart and Stroke.

This programme covers all the elements as the Walk Leaders but includes the use of poles.

Using poles gives a whole-body workout, toning major muscles of the body, legs, buttocks, arms etc. It allows walkers to go further and fast while feeling lighter on their feet.

Six sets of poles will be available for participants to borrow while they establish their group.

The programme consists of the following elements:

 

  • Southern Health Trust Walk Leaders, virtual online course. April 22nd 10am or 6.30pm 2.30hrs.
  • Walx Leader training course, 2 online sessions, Thursday 6th May and Thursday 13th May. 7.00pm – 9.00pm, https://walx.co.uk/walx-types/nordic-walx/
  • One day post-course training – Gosford Forest Park
  • First Aid Course
  • Disability Awareness Training
  • Access NI check

Times and dates to be confirmed subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

Community Run Leaders

This programme is suitable for someone who is part of or wishes to set up an informal running club and wants to gain the skills and knowledge to deliver programmes such as Couch 2 5k. We are interested to hear from those living in a rural setting with access to local sports pitches.

  • Athletic NI Leader in Running Fitness Course https://athleticsni.org/Coaches/Qualifications-&-Courses/Leader-In-Running-Fitness The course will be delivered in a blended learning format. The course consists of a series of online learning modules and a practical session (half day face to face delivery). The online learning modules will be self-guided, meaning that there is no tutor present and candidates work through the modules independently before attending a practical delivery sessionPractical – Monday 10th May 7pm-9.30pm at Havelock Park
  • Mandatory online safeguarding module
  • Half day pre-course training – Portadown Peoples Park – Thursday 13th May 7pm-9.30pm
  • First Aid Course

Times and Dates to be confirmed subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

Community Inclusive Run Leaders – Visually Impaired Guide Runner

This programme covers the same elements as the Run Leaders programme but is for those wishing to share the joy of running with a visually impaired person. Becoming a guide runner is both rewarding and empowering.

This programme is suitable for someone who has close contact with a visually impaired person i.e. family member, friend or work colleague.

  • Athletic NI Leader in Running Fitness Course https://athleticsni.org/Coaches/Qualifications-&-Courses/Leader-In-Running-Fitness
    The course will be delivered in a blended learning format. The course consists of a series of online learning modules and a practical session (half day face to face delivery). The online learning modules will be self-guided, meaning that there is no tutor present and candidates work through the modules independently before attending a practical delivery sessionPractical – Monday 10th May 7pm-9.30pm at Havelock Park
  • Mandatory online safeguarding module – 30 minutes
  • VI, Guide Runner https://www.runningblind.org.uk/– Portadown Peoples Park – 5th June 11.00am – 13.30pm
  • First Aid Course
  • Disability Awareness Training
  • Access NI

Times and Dates to be confirmed subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

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