Volunteering and employment for disabled people has been enhanced through the legacy leaders programme
A group of our leaders have been selected to act as ambassadors, voices and mentors for other disabled people across Leicester City.
They have all had the opportunity to attend a weekly Leadership Club at Ellesmere College and have shown exceptional leadership skills and commitment to improving the experience that all people with disabilities have of sport in the region.
The Legacy Leaders have undertaken a programme of training in specific areas such as Safeguarding and officiating while also participating in national initiatives and National governing bodies awards.
Volunteering – Leaders are provided with ample opportunity to volunteer at sporting events across the City to gain further experience and confidence in their roles. These hours are quite often accounted for and help our leaders gain a range of leadership/officiating qualifications in numerous sports.
Events – our leaders are supported to volunteer and help at a wide range of events in both school and community settings. This includes supporting Paralympic roadshows helping to deliver a range of inclusive sports such as Boccia, New Age Kurling and Wheelchair Basketball.
Skills – Over time each of our leaders has progressed significantly and developed skills that enable them promote and deliver sport to an excellent standard across the city. These include not only the technical skills of sport delivery and gaining knowledge of developmental activities, but also the personal and social skills to become an effective leader. We have been fortunate enough to watch our leaders gain confidence in public speaking and themselves as they help to deliver sport, we have seen them enhance their ability to work as a team and also be both assertive and take initiative when finding themselves in unexpected situations.
As a result of the leadership development pathway that has been created and the way in which the Legacy Leaders have progressed and improved their skills, 3 Legacy Leaders have now been employed through a Sports Coach Apprentice partnership with Social Training Activities and Recreational Sport Limited (Stars)where they are employed for 30 hours per week for a full year. They will complete the NVQ Level 2 in Activity Leadership, Functional Skills in Maths and English, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Level 2 and Health Related Activities at Level 2. The training will take place alongside the delivery of a range of sports sessions for STARS and the Ellesmere College coaching programme, events and roadshows.