Glasgow Sport has three main volunteer programmes which look to support and develop the great work of volunteers in the city. For volunteers to gain access onto these programmes they have to go through a recruitment procedure and must be nominated for the programme. Below is an update of the three volunteering programmes.
Glasgow Sport Young Leaders
Glasgow Sport Young Leaders 2011/12 began with a fun filled Induction Week during the October School holidays. The group took part in team building sessions, a TOPS Course, Spots v Stripes training and then delivered an event. The week concluded with the group taking part in 10 pin bowling team challenge
One of the Young Leaders said: “I enjoyed everything about it, meeting new people, learning about the course & I’ve learned about what volunteering is and what good it is doing in the community. “
The 1st of the Team Nights also recently took place at the Kelvinhall Arena. GSYL has some exciting times ahead with a visit from a group of volunteers from London, Hackney being planned for early 2012.
Volunteer Improvement Programme (VIP)
The Volunteer Improvement Programme kicked off in August with 23 volunteers being recruited onto the programme. The programme aims to support and develop coaches to help them to focus on specific goals they would like to achieve in their volunteering.
The first induction evening ran on the 3rd October with volunteers getting to know one and other with them sharing ideas and good practice. As part of the programme volunteers are asked to attend development evenings every month where guest coaches are invited to deliver workshops.
The first Development Evening saw Katrina Gibbon, Assistant High Performance Strength & Conditioning Coach from the Bellahouston School of Sport deliver a fantastic core stability session which has given the coaches some ideas to put into practice in their coaching. The 2nd Development Evening takes place on the 5th December and where Kenneth Murray will deliver a workshop on Game Sense, which we are all looking forward to.
Excel in Coaching
A number of Glasgow sports coaches have been recruited to the Excel in Coaching Programme that aims to support coaches with a package of support to help them be the best coach they can be at their particular coaching level.
The inaugural workshop of the programme took place at the end of October and covered the subject of Fixed and Growth Mind-sets. The workshop, delivered by Sarah Hood Talent Scientist with the Scottish Institute of Sport, was well received by the participants.
Further sessions are planned for the coming month to allow the coaches to fully integrate the mind-sets concept within their club coaching. The next workshop on Core Conditioning and Posture Control, delivered by Hugh Watson from the University of the West of Scotland, will take place the Kevin Hall. The coaches within the programme are also currently being supported by Link Officers from Glasgow Sport to produce Coach Action Plans aimed at supporting their future development.