The Activator programme leads students at Truro College to Employment!
Students from Truro College have secured employment as sports coaches throughout Cornwall, thanks to a volunteer programme delivered through the Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme.
Truro College have established a very successful volunteer coach 'Activator' programme, where students have the opportunity to develop their experience of sports coaching and leadership, by helping to deliver activities within the Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme. Students who are part of the Activator team are provided with training in National Governing Body for Sport coach education courses, and are supported through internal training. Activators have now gone on to secure paid part time coaching roles with 2nd Chance Project, a charity that provides community sports activities to help improve the lives of young people by delivering multi-sports clubs in the evenings on estates throughout Cornwall.
The Activator project has become hugely successful thanks to close partnership working between Truro and Penwith College, Cornwall Sports Partnership and 2nd Chance Project.
Julian Wills, Truro and Penwith College Sports Maker said "I am delighted with the success of the initiative. We have secured funding support for coach education from the Cornwall Sports Partnership, Activators have been able to gain experience of coach delivery through the College enrichment programme, and now members of the Activator team have secured part-time paid coaching work with 2nd Chance Project."
Students Activator responses to the programme and employment opportunities have been extremely positive. Activator, Ian Woodland, commented "This project has opened a gateway for me from education into the community", with Amelya Lindsay adding "It's life changing for me, what a fantastic opportunity".