Autism Seminar Aims to Upskill Sports Coaches!

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Guernsey Sports Commission are pleased to announce that they have partnered with Autism Guernsey to offer a FREE workshop to sports coaches here in Guernsey. The seminar is limited to 50 coaches so you are advised to book your place as soon as possible.

It is taking place at St. Martins Football Club on Monday 2nd June from 6.30pm-8.00pm.

By attending the seminar coaches will obtain the following:

  1. Increased understanding of autism spectrum conditions
  2. Increased confidence of working with people with autism spectrum conditions
  3. A range of practical strategies for use in your coaching sessions

This seminar is being delivered as part of the Guernsey Sports Commission’s Disability Coaching Programme supported by Credit Suisse, which was launched earlier in the year with the support of British Paralympian, Danny Nobbs. In March of this year, the first of many workshops was held, led by our Chief Executive Tim Newenham, who explored the previous experiences held by the 20 coaches in attendance, with the overall aim to encourage them to ‘Embrace the Disability’.

Tim highlighted that the workshop being offered next week forms an integral part of our strategy, aiming to ensure everyone can lead a healthy, active and successful sporting community. “By attending the seminar coaches will be better prepared, not only to cater for existing members on the autistic spectrum but to welcome newcomers to their club as well, enhancing the experiences of every individual at their club”.

Andy Graham, from Autism Guernsey, is looking forward to delivering the seminar next week with over 30 coaches who have already signed up, but is keen to fill the last few spaces. Andy said “all sports clubs will come across autism at some time, either directly or indirectly and with diagnosed individual or undiagnosed. It’s therefore vital that coaches
are autism aware and whilst we already have coaches from Squash, Swimming, Rugby, Athletics, Basketball, Cricket & Fencing due to attend, we want to ensure that every coach on island has the opportunity to attend this seminar”.

Jason Shambrook, working with the Guernsey Sports Commission to deliver their Disability Coaching Programme has had first hand experience of working with a number of children within the autistic spectrum said “I can categorically state that this short course will give coaches an insight into how best to understand autism, the impact it has on your performers and practical ways of helping them to get the most out of your sessions. This is essential continued professional development for you as a coach”.

Coaches looking to secure their place on the seminar are requested to RSVP by visiting the Guernsey Sports Commisison’s website – http://www.guernseysports.com. Alternatively they can call us on 747229.

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