Skill Development for Clubs
As a result of investment by sportscotland the SCA has introduced a new programme to develop volunteer coaches and leaders in SCA Affiliated Clubs. This is a programme of regional courses to support the development of volunteers in personal skills, safety and leadership. Examples include:
• Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
• White Water Safety and Rescue Training
• Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning
• 3 Star Assessment
• 4 Star Leader Assessment
This programme has been designed based on the responses to a questionnaire sent to clubs in summer 2010. This helped identify the local needs of coaches and was used to form regional coaching plans for each of the 10 SCA regions. A series of heavily subsidised or free events are now being arranged throughout 2011. The events are only open to volunteers in SCA affiliated clubs who are also full or junior SCA members. Check out the SCA website for details of the course dates in your area. Places are limited.
In addition to the programmed courses, the SCA offers a separate fund to support volunteers in clubs gain pre-requisites and endorsements to coaching awards. This may include 5 star leader, moderate water endorsement, open water navigation and tidal planning and advanced white water safety and rescue. Candidates must apply in advance. Additional eligibility criteria applies. Find out more and download the application form from the SCA website.
UKCC Scholarship Programme
Following on from the UKCC scholarship programme operated by the SCA since 2007, we are able to announce details of the new scholarship programme for 2011/2012. From 1st April 2011 until 31st March 2012 (or earlier if the funding is fully allocated), the SCA will offer support to candidates achieving the BCU UKCC Level 1, 2 or 3 coaching awards. This programme is made possible through investment by sportscotland. Scholarships are available towards total course cost subject to the following limits:
• Level 1 - 75% up to £200
• Level 2 - 50% up to £300 (including Level 2 Training or Level 2 Transfer, CPD module, Level 2 Assessment)
• Level 3 - 75% up to £400. (including Core, Intermediate modules, Discipline Specific Training, Assessment)
Conditions and eligibility criteria apply. Please see http://www.canoescotland.org/coaching/Resources/FundingSupport.aspx for further information and note that applications must be received by the SCA prior to the start date of the course.
SCA Development Officer
Lorraine McAuley has recently started with the SCA, in a new role as Development Officer. Lorraine joins the SCA to support volunteers across canoeing in Scotland, secure additional membership benefits, as well as assisting in the development of clubs. Lorraine is previously from the University of Strathclyde Sports Union, where she worked as Sports Development & Safety Co-ordinator, and has also worked for a National Governing Body (basketballscotland) prior to this. Lorraine very much looks forward to working with volunteers and members across Scotland- further information will be available soon.