Students in the Sixth Form may chose to undertake the Community Sports Leadership Award (CSLA) which is aimed at young people looking to develop new skills, increase employability and enable more people to enjoy sport and physical activity at a grassroots level.
The prime aim of the CSLA is to produce responsible, motivated and confident young people who can lead safe, purposeful and enjoyable sporting and recreational activities. The award is also designed to encourage young people to get involved in organising and assisting with the provision of sport on a voluntary basis.
It is a national qualification developed through Sports Leaders UK that:
• Gives people the skills needed to lead groups in safe and fun sporting and recreational activity
• Enables participants to take responsibility for others
• Develops organisational and communication skills
• Builds confidence in people for whom leading groups in sporting activities is a new experience
• Is practical in nature with an emphasis on learning through doing
The syllabus is designed to develop generic skills, which can be applied to a variety of sporting activities, as well as contributing to the candidate’s personal and social education.
The course consists of around 30 hours of tutor contact time and a practical assessment where candidates spend a day, under supervision, delivering activity sessions for Lady Royd children. Candidates must also complete a minimum of 20 hours volunteering in a leadership role.
Completed over eleven weeks, the Sports Leadership programme consisted of a number of specific units including:
Unit 1: Organisational Skills
Unit 2: Safety in Sport
Unit 3: Know your Friends
Unit 4: Fitness Sessions for Sport
Unit 5: Organisation of Events and Competitions
Unit 6: Improvisation and Adapted Games
Unit 7: Games and Activity Experience
Unit 8: 10 Hours of Voluntary Leadership Experience
The sessions ranged from risk assessing the sports hall to the roles and the responsibilities of a good coach to finally organising a programme of sports activities.
“This qualification is highly thought of both by universities and colleges because it shows that students have learned transferable skills such as teamwork, social and communication skills as well as gaining valuable leadership experience. It is not only advantageous for those interested in pursuing a career in sports coaching or teaching but provides an ideal way for all our sixth form students to develop their knowledge and gain self-confidence.”
Mr N. Bates. Head of Sixth Form