It’s been a busy period for our Manchester team, as they recruit and prepare for their second year on the Coach Core programme. With changes to the apprenticeship now in place, Manchester become the first Coach Core programme to deliver the new Community Activator Coach standard, which replaces the existing Activity Leadership course.

The Community Activator Standard has been carefully designed by experts in the field of sport, physical activity and leisure. Through the programme, our new Coach Core apprentices will learn how to deliver effective coaching and leadership sessions and will be better placed to inspire and motivate others to get active. In addition, our apprentices will now spend up to 18 months with their employer, enabling them to gain significant practical experience and become full immersed into the workplace.

Craig Dyche, Relationship Manager at Lifetime Training, is excited for the future of the programme:

The new Community Activator is an exciting new apprenticeship standard that gives opportunity for young coaches/leaders in the community to engage new participants from all diversities of the community. This new apprenticeship will stretch and challenge apprentices to become role models in the community and promoters of healthy active lifestyle whilst giving them the skills, knowledge and behaviours to successfully develop themselves as part of the apprenticeship.

In addition to these changes, there have also been improvements to the recruitment process this year. Alongside the traditional two-day recruitment event, our partners at Street League delivered a pre-Coach Core leadership programme, designed to prepare learners for the workplace and ensure they were fully equipped to begin their role. The week-long course, delivered by experienced Street League tutors, covered a range of topics, including health and safety, session planning and professionalism in the workplace. Feedback from employers has been really positive, and we now hope to roll this training out across all new Coach Core programmes nationally.