Solent's Coaching Innovation Programme (CIP) gives BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Sport Development students the opportunity to make a real impact in the local community. By working with schools, community groups and industry professionals students can boost their employability while driving positive change in the local community.
Follow the links below to find out more about some of the amazing work that has taken place over the last 12 months.
Inspiring the next generation
We caught up with Mikey McColm, whose project was called Employ Active Plus. Mikey worked with students from the Isle of Wight College to discuss the benefits of higher education.
Lasting for 10 weeks, the group ran a mix of classroom and practical sessions that developed the communication, confidence and leadership skills of the participants. They encouraged the student to lead sessions and coach each other, helped them with CVs and personal statements, and generally tried to develop a social connection that would allow them to converse effectively with the participants.
Combining sport and nutrition
Coaching innovation project Nutrition Rugby Girls (NRG) took place earlier this year, looking to introduce rugby to girls between 11-14, while also educating them about the importance of nutrition and healthy eating. We asked group member Daisy Player to give us an overview of her experience.
“Working with a young audience was challenging, especially when introducing concepts they weren’t aware of, such as realist evaluation. This particular idea is not recognised in the sports development field, so it was not the norm to our partners, either.
A successful first session
The Walk Hard, Play Hard group started delivering their project recently, delivering weekly walking football sessions every Friday for participants aged 50+.
Being delivered at the recently upgraded Places Leisure Eastleigh sports facility in partnership with Eastleigh Borough Council and Hampshire FA, the project aims to make football more accessible so participants can stay physically active within an enjoyable environment.
Feedback on the sessions has so far been very positive.
Going past graduation
In 2016, three students created Link up Play as a coaching innovation programme intervention.
Using physical activity to assist key stage 2 children with core literacy skills within a local school, the aim of the project was to increase pupils’ concentration and confidence. They focused on the national curriculum while using football as an enjoyable tool for teaching.
Following their graduation last summer, one member, Liam Botcherby, has since developed the project into an enterprise and has already found success within the industry.
Making a difference
As part of the coaching innovation programme, student project Actively Ageing has been delivering group exercise sessions for the older generation within a deprived area in Southampton, collaborating with Monty’s Community Hub, of Sholing.
The students aim to reduce social isolation within the elderly community through giving them the opportunity to get involved in physical activity while engaging with other members of the group.
2017: A CIP overview
Find out more about 2017's coaching innovation programme and hear from some of the students taking part.
“The CIP has definitely improved my employability in many areas and I have learnt a lot from the experience that I can take into my career” - James Hickman.
“In my opinion, the CIP is one of the best things I had the opportunity to experience while at Solent. It gave me an insight into the way people and organisations develop partnerships." - Iesha Jackson.
Coaching Innovation Symposium
Now in its fifth year, the symposium celebrates the achievements of our Coaching Innovation Programme (CIP).
To date, students have delivered over 100 projects through the CIP and engaged with 1,800 participants
"The symposium continues to grow every year, demonstrating the impact the Coaching Innovation Programme has on reaching out to community and industry needs" - Kevin Harris, Course Leader
Catching up with Employ Active
One of the groups currently delivering their project is Employ Active.
Their work focuses on improving sixth form and college students' awareness of the options available to them after completion of their A Levels or Diplomas. The project has been running for the past 9 weeks at the Isle of Wight College and has helped the team to develop some valuable transferrable skills.
We caught up with Employ Active and asked them: "What have been the benefits of working on this project?"
Work with the Saints foundation
Our BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Sport Development students have been working with the Saints Foundation since 2015.
In the first year 68 Sport Coaching and Development students were offered the chance to secure some hands-on experience of coaching in the community.
This year we've gone bigger and better - all first year students can undertake a placement with the Saints Foundation. There are also opportunities for second and third year undergraduates.
Feeling inspired? Visit the BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Sport Development course page to find out more about the work of our coaching students. Visit our sport and fitness page to see the full range of sport, coaching and fitness management programmes.
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