For Clubs in North Yorkshire

Ian Powell, the YCB`s Development Oficer for Cleveland and now recently appointed to the North Yorkshire portfolio as well, has sent the following information, which he hoped YCB-affilaited Clubs from the North of the County will read and make best use of.

Media Releases for Good Practice Coaching Guide

Media Release 1:

Sports Coaching getting a helping hand in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire Sport has produced a Good Practice Coaching Guide Designed to help make coaching standards in the county even better.   As well as informing coaches of good practice standards, the guide also highlights why meeting these standards is so important. In addition, it also identifies what support coaches should expect from sports clubs and other organisations in order to meet these standards.  Copies of the free guide are available from Matthew Williams, North Yorkshire Sport’s Active Sports Development Officer, on 01423 556782

Coaching is seen as a vital factor in gaining sporting success and the Government has recently announced that £25 million is to be spent in the next three years to implement the recommendations of its Coaching Task Force.  The guide addresses these major current developments in coaching, and is designed to be used not only by coaches, but also by sports clubs, schools, and anybody else who works with sports coaches. It will help them to ensure that they have appropriate measures in place to support the coach, and that all coaching activity is safe and enjoyable. It is also hoped that parents will use the guide so that they are aware of the standards that they should expect from the coaches that work with their children.

Matt Fisher, sports coach UK Area Manager for Yorkshire says:

“Better coaching leads to better sport and the task of improving standards by changing coaching from a hobby to a profession is recognised by the Government as an important stage in this process. By raising awareness of the responsibilities of a coach to their players, North Yorkshire Sport are contributing to the changes which will make England a world leader in the development of coaches.”

Media Release 2:

North Yorkshire sports coaching getting a share of £25 million

Over the next three years the Government is investing £25 million in coaching, following the recommendations of its Coaching Task Force.  It is designed to help improve the standard of coaching in the UK and therefore produce not only the champions of today, but also of the future.

To help coaches in North Yorkshire improve their coaching, North Yorkshire Sport has produced a Good Practice Coaching Guide. As well as outlining the current major developments in coaching, it also informs coaches of good practice standards, highlighting why meeting these standards is so important.  In addition, it also identifies what support coaches should expect from sports clubs and other organisations in order to meet these standards. Copies of the free guide are available from Matthew Williams, North Yorkshire Sport’s Active Sports Development Officer, on 01423 556782.

The guide is designed to be used not only by coaches, but also by sports clubs, schools, and anybody else who works with sports coaches.  It will help them to ensure that they have appropriate measures in place to support the coach, and that all coaching activity is safe and enjoyable.  It is also hoped that parents will use the guide so that they are aware of the standards that they should expect from the coaches that work with their children.

TEES VALLEY DELEGATED GRANTS

NEW BIDDING ROUND FOR 2004

The first bidding round of the Tees Valley Delegated Grants scheme for 2004 has been announced and bids will be accepted from Friday 19 March until Friday 16 April 2004.

The Tees Valley Delegated Grants Scheme provides 100% grant funding to constituted community and voluntary groups in the Tees Valley through a speedy, simplified application and appraisal process. This funding supports projects that not only benefit the Objective 2 Priority 4 target communities, but link to job creation.  Priority will be given to those organisations that have been unable to access mainstream European funding and have not already received a Tees Valley Delegated Grant.

Normally grants from £5,000 up to a maximum of £25,000 will be allocated.  However, in exceptional cases projects costing less than £5,000 but more than £3,000 will be funded.

Organisations can receive one capital grant of up to £25,000 or one revenue grant of up to £25,000 or a combination of both up to £25,000 in any one year.  Once an organisation has received both a capital and a revenue grant (of any amount) they become ineligible for a further grant.

Examples of the projects we might fund include:

  • Provision of IT equipment
  • Setting up a community business
  • Developing or improving community facilities related to job creation
  • Developing community safety and security initiatives
  • Refurbishment of premises
  • Using ICT in training and employment activities
  • Creation of community websites

If you would like to submit an application ring Lesley Short on Tel: (01642) 264916 for a set of guidance notes and an application form. 

Please return completed application forms to Jan Oliver or Sally Bainbridge at the Tees Valley Joint Strategy Unit by Friday 16 April 2004. 

Please Note: Forms received after this date will not be considered.

The target communities are:

Middlesbrough - Ayresome, Beckfield, Beechwood, Berwick Hills, Easterside, Gresham, Grove Hill, Hemlington, North Ormesby, Pallister, Park End, St.Hilda"s, Stainton and Thornton, Southfield, Thorntree, Westbourne
Redcar & Cleveland - Coatham, Dormanstown, Eston, Grangetown, Guisborough, Kirkleatham, Lockwood & Skinningrove, Loftus, Newcomen, South Bank, Teesville
Stockton-on-Tees - Bluehall, Hardwick, Mandale, Mile House, Newtown,
Parkfield, Portrack & Tilery, Roseworth, Victoria

The address for correspondence is

Lesley Short
Tees Valley Joint Strategy Unit
PO Box 199
Melrose House
Melrose Street
MIDDLESBROUGH TS1 2XF (telephone 01642-230870)

Changing Face of Sport Tackled by Sports Conference

Sports coaches, teachers and volunteers are invited to attend North Yorkshire Sport’s Club & Coach Conference which is to be held at York St John College on Sunday 25th April.

The day will provide opportunities to learn about key current issues in sport including the development of young sportspeople, the opportunities offered through the Government’s investment in school sport, legal issues concerning the provision of sports activities, funding opportunities for sports clubs, and the development of sports coaches.

Workshops are being delivered by a host of experienced sports professionals and there will be guest speakers from the York City Knights professional rugby league club, and from Sport England who will highlight the key changes that sport in this country is currently undergoing and the future implications of these.  The day will also include presentations for North Yorkshire Sport’s inaugural Coach of the Year awards.

Matthew Williams, who is organising the event, said, “Sport is undergoing real change following the publication of the Government’s ‘Game Plan’ for sport, which aims to significantly increase participation in sport and to improve performance at the highest level. This conference explores some of the key issues that those involved with sport will need to address in order to meet the Government’s ambitious objectives.”

The cost of the conference is £20. For further information and bookings please contact North Yorkshire Sport on 01423 556782.

Click here for details of many courses run in the North Yorkshire area

WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY

SUPPORTING AND DEVELOPING YOUR COACHES

One of the major reasons that coaches quit sport is out of a sense of isolation and being left to their own devices.

This workshop looks at ways in which clubs can identify their coaching needs, and better support their coaches to identify and meet their personal coaching aspirations.

By the end of the workshops attendees should be able to:

  • Identify problems with the current coaching system
  • Identify reasons why coaches leave sport
  • Identify recent developments aimed at addressing problems with the current system
  • Use a variety of tools to support coaches and their development

Date: Wednesday 9th June

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Venue: University of Teesside, Tower Building, Room M303

Cost: FREE

To book your place please contact Matthew Williams, scUK Coach Development Officer on: 01642 342287 or 07980 584420; or at mwilliams@sportscoachuk.org