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Courses

The Centre has developed a variety of innovative courses - ran in conjunction with Pro-Stream - that cut across academic and vocational boundaries.

To book on to a course please contact michael.ayres@stmarys.ac.uk.

Paraprofessional Studies in Primary Physical Education

With very few Physical Education Specialists in Primary Education, schools often outsource the delivery of both curricular and extra-curricular activity. The course is aimed at those individual and organisations providing Physical Education and Sports coaching in the primary education sector.

The course aims to enhance subject knowledge and is evenly split between theoretical knowledge and practical delivery. Additional knowledge and experience will be gained on each visit, as the coach will have the opportunity to deliver two primary physical education classes. The course is assessed through a variety of means including self reflection on lessons.

This 150 hour course (including three full days at St Mary’s University) covers a range of theoretical and practical topics. The new Primary PE national curriculum is discussed and practically applied. In addition, the course covers topics of lesson planning and legislation in detail and is practically applied. Learners will also gain practical experience of delivering a high quality striking and fielding physical education lesson to primary school aged children. Furthermore, learners will asked to participate in a dance practical session that be used in a curricular or non curricular setting.

The course will be run over 6 months; it will carry 15 points towards an undergraduate degree and will be delivered by the Physical Education lecturing staff.

"The paraprofessional course was a fantastic opportunity to stay ahead of the game in sport, highlighting the importance of delivering high quality PE meeting the attainment targets of the curriculum as oppose to rugby specific. The course also has provided the opportunity to generate funding and offer schools a wonderful and beneficial experience."
Gareth Cook, Leeds Rhinos


Coaching Young People: Multi-Sport

This 100 hour course (including 2 days full time at St Mary’s University) is underpinned by the Teaching Games for Understanding methodology. It will cover a wide range of practical examples of how to coach across a variety of invasion, net and wall and striking and fielding games. It will explore different coaching techniques that can promote problem solving and tactical decision making that will create a deeper understanding within the young people you are working with.

The course will be run over 6 months; it will carry 10 points towards an undergraduate degree and will be delivered by the Physical Education lecturing staff. 


Coaching Young People: Physical Literacy and Multi-Skills

This 100 hour course (including two days full time at St Mary’s University) covers a range of topics related to the development of physical literacy and multi-skills within early years and primary school aged children. It will explore different coaching techniques that can help maximise the learning and development of a young child’s fundamental movements. It will feature a wide range of practical examples that can be used to develop physical literacy and fundamental movements and skills. This course is suitable for both coaches and teachers working in early years and with primary school aged children.

The course will be run over 6 months; it will carry 10 points towards an undergraduate degree and will be delivered by the Physical Education lecturing staff.


Grassroots Business Skills for Coaches

The role of the Grassroots Community Coach has evolved dramatically over the last few years from the "bag and balls" person into the Community Coach who sells the sessions to schools, clubs and parents, who promotes the sessions in the market place and then delivers them.

The market place in which this coach works is now very competitive and if the coaches don’t understand how to sell they won’t get the work, if they don't understand "customer service" they may not retain their customers and may lose their contracts to competitors.

In essence the coaches need to "think and act" like a business people. They need to have commercial acumen, understand the value of "customer service", and understand how to communicate efficiently with their customers / stakeholders as well as work to a strategy which enables them to be in front of the competition.

The Sport Coach "Business Skills" training packages have been developed to provide the coaches with these business skills that are totally relevant to their needs.

The course is run over one day and areas covered include building up a sales culture, basic marketing skills, customer service skills, development of a data ethos and an understanding of the value of social media.


 

"Thank you very much for the course, I really enjoyed it and feel I learned so much; I look forward to taking future courses with you again.  Last night at coaching I used the 'love the ball' technique for catching and a few other little things and the kids really enjoyed it. I was surprised how much of the same information you can use with all different sports. Thanks again!"
Mel Walker