CST Leads the Way with new Village Games Leadership Course

1st Oct 2012


Press release: Mon 1st October 2012

A new Leadership Course has proved such a hit that organisers ‘Derbyshire Village Games’ are promising to make it the first in a series of sessions for local people to learn life skills like sports coaching, leading and demonstrating.  The not-for-profit Community Sports Trust which runs Village Games is now looking for communities across the county to host courses, so more people have a chance to learn with people they know, in a supportive environment. 
Chris Burns, Derbyshire Village Games’ Coach and Volunteer Officer led two evening sessions with 20 people - both men and women of all ages - from Chinley and the surrounding area.  The group discussed the attributes of great leaders – how they communicate, tone of voice, body language and how they motivate people, and make activity fun.  Then, they had the chance to put ideas into practice with a variety of fun activities designed to inspire and enthuse.

Those on the course gained confidence and ideas for activities and are hoping to develop their skills further in paid employment in sports leadership.  Parents, students and young graduates came with varied interests like fitness, netball, running, multi activities and swimming.

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You can download high resolution images to support this article here:  http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCgXXRt

Sarah of Goyt Valley Striders running club, attended as she wanted to learn how to communicate effectively with groups of young people to help build their new Junior Running section.  Girl Guides and Scouts on the course are keen to get involved in leading activity for younger children. They are going to organise an activity day during the school holidays.

Rachael Buivids, a Kettlercise instructor at Physical Perfection, said it’d been inspirational:  “I've learnt so much - how I'd put skills into action for handling a group of small children and that this is the route I want to now go down.  It's been fantastic because I've been doing volunteer work for Alderbrook Day Centre [in Chinley] so this is going to help me enormously and I'd like to go onto the next step of doing some more coaching and gain experience perhaps with the Guides.”

The 1st Chinley Guides were full of enthusiasm for how they can put the life skills they’ve learnt into practice with the Brownies and Rainbows.  Eleanor Rowell said:  “I’ve learnt how to control people, keep them focussed and make sure they’re enjoying themselves.” 

Course leader Chris Burns said he thinks coaching skills can be applied to any area of your life:  “A lot of the areas we covered can be transferred to different situations.  It’s about building confidence in your delivery and creating an ideas banks that you can coach from.”

Chris’ top 3 tips for new coaches:

  • Put the time into coaching - you’ll gain confidence with experience.
  • Do your research and preparation and always have a back up plan.
  • Share ideas and learn from other people - take their ideas and make them your own.

Hayley Lever, Director of the Community Sports Trust explains the thinking behind this project:  “As Derbyshire Village Games enters its third year, we are focussing on training new and aspiring leaders within villages. There’s a lot of talk about the Olympic Legacy of volunteering, following the amazing and high profile contribution of Games Makers to London 2012.

“We are offering people a chance to step onto the leadership pathway, right on their doorstep.  The course can be hosted by sports clubs, community associations, youth clubs, Guides/Scouts or a Parish Council.   All we need is a hall, and some enthusiastic locals!”

We’re currently planning courses in Hayfield, Grindleford and Crich.  Email training@villagegames.org.uk for more info, or to book a place.  We can also offer tailor made courses in your own village.


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For press & media enquiries please call Lissa Cook on 07818 411 791  / 01663 751 126 or lissa@communitysportstrust.co.uk

Notes to Editors

  • High resolution online image gallery of Village Games activities across the county is here:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/lissacook/collections/72157631486238640/
  • The Community Sports Trust is a not for profit Community Interest Company. Our vision is of communities where people of all ages and interests take part and compete in sport and recreation opportunities. Communities will have strong sustainable sports infrastructure with high quality volunteers, coaches and leaders.
  • The Community Sports Trust manages community-based sports development projects.  Our flagship initiative is the Derbyshire Village Games (run in partnership with Derbyshire Dales District Council, Sport England, Derbyshire County PCT and Derbyshire County Council).  Inspired by the 2012 Olympics, this innovative three year project’s aim is simple - we want people of all ages and abilities in villages across the county to get active.  Our network of Village Games Officers work at grassroots level delivering sport on the doorstep. 
  • In its first two years the Derbyshire Village Games, has exceeded its targets:

                               2010/11       2011/12

- Attendances         36,289         92,499     

- Coaches               175              833

- Volunteers            192              1,113

- Participants          4,800          25,852