Gain Coaching Experience On Campus! (Bright Futures Education)

Bright Futures Education are looking for coaches to help them deliver PE classes at the University. Opportunities are available for students from any of our programmes to gain experience in coaching different sports to Year 10 to 13 students over a six-week period. These opportunities may arise throughout the school year, but please register your interest with Sandy Willmott as early as possible. For the first wave of places, please apply by 5pm on Friday 25th September.

Existing coaching qualifications and experience would be a plus but they are not essential. Applicants would need to show evidence of a current DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check . If you do not have one of these then it would be well worth applying now: it will allow you take advantage of many more opportunities. Please see Gillian in the School Office if you would like more information about DBS applications.

Summer Coaching Experiences in Italy – Shanie Stathers

Shanie Stathers, a Sport & Exercise Science student entering her third year, spent two weeks this summer coaching sport in Tuscany at camps run by the English Theatre of Europe. She has kindly shared some thoughts about the very positive experiences she had in Italy:

“ I have had the opportunity to work in two different schools in Italy, one being in a large city and one being in a small village. I never intended to teach sport, especially not to children, as I am not the best with communication and presentation when it comes to coaching. However when this job came up I thought it wouldn’t hurt to have a go.

My first week was in a large school teaching a variety of sports to over 100 children aged between 6 and 11. My second week was in a small school teaching 48 children aged between 10 to 14. At first it was hard, especially the language barrier, but once I got into the swing of things I loved every minute of it. I worked with a few different teachers during the experience and along with teaching sport I got to learn about Italian culture by living with two different host families.

The experience has taught me that if you don’t give something a go you won’t know if you enjoy it or not. I have gained new skills and built up more knowledge on the ones I never realised I already had!”

Shanie followed in the footsteps of fellow Sport & Exercise Science student Jake Gear, who worked on the same camp programme the previous summer. Both responded to adverts posted on this blog, and we will continue to pass on news of any similar opportunities offered by the English Theatre of Europe or other organisations.

P.S. We’d love to hear about any sport, exercise or health-related paid or voluntary work you undertook this summer…and what you learned from the experience. Please let us know at

Funding For Coaching & Officiating (from Lincolnshire Sport)

Lincolnshire Sport support coaches and officials in many ways. Some of these are:

(1) The Lincolnshire Coach and Instructor Network: a free support network that will provide access to information, training events and bursaries. Join now!

(2) Officiating Bursaries: open to anyone who is interested in obtaining officiating qualifications. Deadline: September 30th 2015.

(3) HE/FE Coaching Bursaries: open to students who are interested in getting started with coaching. Applications open on October 1st 2015 and close on November 2nd 2015.

(2) Talented Coaches Scheme: receive extensive training, support and networking to help you develop your coaching experience and skills. many of these events are hosted within our School – as you can see from the photo here – and we had a student in the 2015 cohort. Applications for the 2016 cohort will be open in December 2015.

There are many more resources available on the Lincolnshire Sport website, and we strongly recommend that everyone takes a few minutes to explore the site.

Sports Coaches Wanted by Inspire+ (Deadline: July 31st)

Sports charity Inspire+ are looking to increase their team of Sports Coaches who are currently supporting local schools in delivering their teaching and coaching aspirations in South West Lincolnshire.

Sport Coaches have the opportunity, on a self-employed part-time basis, to deliver PE and support school staff to become more confident and able during curriculum, but also during afterschool sports clubs in both a Secondary and Primary School setting.  Curriculum training will be given to Sports Coaches that wish to deliver PE.  There are also opportunities to coach during the school holidays through their popular Inspire+ Olympic Sports Camps.

If you hold a UKCC level 2 sport award or gymnastics/dance equivalent and have the drive, commitment, dedication and enthusiasm to make a difference then they would love to hear from you.

Please send your CV to Vincent Brittain CEO, Inspire+, Belton Lane Primary School, Green Lane, Grantham, NG31 9PP or by email

Should you wish to discuss this opportunity informally please contact Vincent Brittain on 01476 578137.

Salary: £20 per hour

Deadline: July 31st 2015