What is Coach Core?
Coach Core is an apprenticeship programme targeting 16-24 year old's who are not in education or employment. It delivers an inclusive and impactful sports and activity coaching apprenticeship that develops the talents of young people and provides them with a range of vital skills for employment and life.
Coach Core, created by The Royal Foundation in 2012 as part of the Olympic Legacy, aims to create inspirational sports coaches to deliver sport in the community, particularly in communities that have traditionally had poor access to high quality, professional coaching.
The programme is born from an ambition to create a more exciting sports and activity coaching apprenticeship that reflects the role and the communities in which they serve. Coach Core brings together employer partners in an area so that the programme is shaped around their needs.
- Specifically recruit young people (aged 16-24) who are not already following a pathway to higher education, training or employment; (NEETs)
- Increase the employability of those young people by providing them with exciting vocational training and combining an unparalleled offer of additional qualifications, experiences and events locally and nationally;
- Inspire those young people to engage in sports and activity leadership and reach their potential personally and professionally;
- Increase the number of qualified leaders and coaches working in their own communities and providing relatable role models;
- Improve the quality and extend the reach of community sports and activities in some of the UK's most challenging areas;
- Professionalise the assistant coach/ leader workforce and provide a dynamic, young employee for each business.
Coach Core Derbyshire
The idea to drive forward a Derbyshire Coach Core was born from an identified need through the Towards an Active Derbyshire Strategy to enable and encourage more women and girls to be physically active. Our research has also shown that the current workforce in Derbyshire is not diverse or representative of the target groups we are trying to reach. So we want to do something about it!
We believe the Coach Core approach and model could really help us achieve our aim of more active women and girls. We would like to develop a coach core for just young women aged 16-25. We hope to shape an apprenticeship programme that will really meets the needs of young women, that will empower and enable them to play a positive role in getting girls and women physically active.
What type of employers are we looking for?
We welcome any type of organisation and business that uses sport and physical activity to develop people and communities and who can support an apprentice to develop. Examples could be community based organisations, businesses, leisure providers, local authorities etc. But for Derbyshire we are particularly looking for potential employers that feel they would like to increase their female workforce and reach more girls and young women through their work.
Each partner will employ one or more apprentice but will also be able to offer a number of additional opportunities to the other young people in the programme (i.e. volunteering opportunities, training etc). This then creates an enhanced collective education and training offer to the young person not seen previously and also broadens the operations and reputation of the respective employers too.
All apprentices will need to be released from the workplace one day a week, in order to work on the education programme. Coach Core apprentices for 2018 onwards work towards the new Community Activator Coach Level 2 standard, which takes between 14-18 months to complete. Alongside this formal qualification, Coach Core apprentices also complete a number of specific coaching modules, designed to provide a more holistic approach to traditional sports coaching. These additional Coach Core modules are delivered by Create Development and focus on areas such as behaviour management, inclusion and peer coaching.
Potential cost for employers
Estimated cost is circa £5,000 (more details of this will be provided at the employers event) however there may be avenues to find financial support to partially offset this.