Monday, 31 October 2011

Become the next Argyll and Bute Sports Coach!

Have you a passion for sport that you want to pass on? Are you already involved with a sports group and want to move to a coaching role? Or maybe you want to move to a new career in sport? Then you need to know that Argyll and Bute Council has now launched the registration for their fifth annual sports coaching event.

The event will be held this year in Oban on the weekend of 4 and 5 February and will offer 56 courses from athletics to mountain skills. New courses which are being offered for 2012 include triathlon, Nordic walking, watersports, swimming master classes for coaches, gymnastics, archery, gym instructor and double goal coach. These new courses are designed to reflect the support for current local sports provision as well as introducing new opportunities for sport to grow in Argyll and Bute.

The sports coaching event has grown every year, starting from 250 in the first year to 401 in 2011. And we hope that we will have over 500 new sports coaches for 2012! The 2012 event also launches the new sports coaching awards in partnership with sportscotland. These awards recognise quality coaching in a number of categories: young coach; participation coach; performance coach; young person’s coach; performance development coach and disability coach.

Spokesperson for third sector and communities Councillor Rory Colville said, “The sports coaching event is now in its fifth year and has been an amazing success. The event gives future sports coaches the chance to get accreditation but it is so much more. It is about inspirational people who want to lead others to fulfil their dreams. I am delighted that the council is again running the sports coaching event and I would encourage anyone who has a desire to get into coaching to get involved.”

The cost of courses varies and the council’s partnership with spotscotland and Argyll College offer opportunities for everyone through subsidised courses.

You can find out more about the sports coaching event online at