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Volunteer with Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club

Volunteer with Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club

Are you interested in coaching and supporting young people with a disability in an athletics setting?

Lothian Leopards are looking for enthusiastic, organised, reliable and most importantly, fun individuals to support the development of the club.  If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please see the ad below - 

The Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club has rapidly grown over the past year and was initially established in partnership between Scottish Disability Sport, Lothian Disability Sport and Scottish Athletics to provide an environment for school aged pupils with physical, learning or sensory impairments to develop their skills.  The club, based at Meadowmill Sports Centre , East Lothian boasts around 15 members with a range of disabilities and now seek additional volunteers to support the current network of coaches and volunteers.  The role requires hands on enthusiastic approach and promises to be a hugely rewarding experience for the right individual.  In addition, the successful candidates will have the chance to develop their coaching skills through the variety of coaching opportunities and CPD’s that run across the East of Scotland.

JOB TITLE: Volunteer Coach
RESPONSIBLE TO:

Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club Lead Coach

SKILLS REQUIRED:

Enthusiastic

  • Well organised  
  • Make things FUN
  • Patience
  • Ability to be flexible as situations require
  • Motivation to help children with a range of disabilities participate in athletics
  • Sound organisational skills
  • Good time management skills

 

MAIN DUTIES:

  • Under the direction of the lead coach, work with and support a small group of participants to help them achieve the aims of the session, whether it be practising skills or playing a game
  • Support coaches when organising / supervising young people at the beginning and end of the session and during breaks
  • Ensure that you are well briefed about the special needs of the participants involved i.e. motor and learning difficulties, communication and sensory issues, any significant medical conditions, levels of fitness
  • In liaison with the Lead Coach ensure that the playing area is safe to use. If there are any hazards which cannot be overcome, point these out to the participants before you start the session
  • Identify, if required and in line with club procedures, additional volunteers to assist in the running of club activities e.g. parents
  • Abide by the Code of Ethics & Conduct and adhere to all club policies; child protection, fair play and equal opportunities to all members
  • Take responsibility for ensuring that the equipment is correct and is kept in good working order.
  • Be aware of and follow the procedures for recording accidents
  • Be aware of the clubs Health & Safety policy and Emergency Procedures and take their own responsibility for Health & Safety
  •  

TIME COMMITMENT: 60 minute session – Thursday evenings between 6.00 pm to 7.00pm

What we will offer you:

  • Experience in a sport development environment including contact with National Governing Body’s and Sports Development professionals throughout Edinburgh.
  • Support in working with athletes with disabilities
  • Improved employability through skills development.
  • Opportunities to access free coaching courses.
  • Opportunity to support club at athletic competitions.
  • The chance to develop as a coach.

 To express an interest in the role(s) please contact the Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club Lead Coach, Jean Dobson on 07882 376338 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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