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Community Sport and Health Officer

Course Code: A3/0251/00

Level: 3
Subject area: Sport & Leisure

Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 16 months
When you'll study: One day a week

About the course

The key role of a community sport and health officer is to initiate behaviour change in local residents and increase engagement in sport and physical activity across local communities. By working within and across local organisations, you will research, organise and coordinate the delivery of opportunities for local communities to get more physically active.

Tasks during this Apprenticeship will be varied and might include attendance at meetings, supervising sessions, liaising with partner organisations, designing marketing collateral, updating social media and reporting against project criteria.

Within this Apprenticeship, you will have training sessions at City College Plymouth to give you the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the industry. You will also receive direct training from the business you are employed by for your Apprenticeship who will work with the College to ensure you are reaching your maximum potential via regular workplace observations and reviews.

What you'll learn

An Apprenticeship is broken down into three learning categories – skills, knowledge and
behaviours. For the Level 3 Community Sport and Health Officer Apprenticeship, you will cover
the following …

Skills:

  • successful application of tactics and strategies to empower people from inactive and hard-to-reach populations to take up an active lifestyle
  • successful application of a range of approaches that bring about changes in attitudes an
    behaviours within target communities
  • supporting people within target communities to become involved in the preparation planning and delivery of sport and active lifestyles
  • using local insight and customer-orientated marketing skills to attract high-priority groups into existing leisure, parks and sport infrastructure
  • negotiation, lobbying and brokerage skills with local partners across public health, community development and antisocial behaviour
  • demonstrate clear and effective communication techniques in order to give/receive information accurately and in a timely and positive manner
  • problem solving and effective decision-making with regards the design and implementation of sport and physical activity programmes
  • writing successful funding bids to enable new, different or more opportunities to take place for sport and physical activity
  • managing disruptive behaviour of clients and customers before, during and after activities
  • managing and adapting personal behaviours to ensure provision is inclusive, customer focused and accessible
  • building partnerships and developing meaningful relationships with local partners and stakeholders in sport and physical activity.

Knowledge:

  • how to initiate meaningful behaviour change based on utilising a strength and asset- based approach
  • how to work with national governing bodies of sport, county sports partnerships, community organisations, the voluntary sector and sport for development agencies
  • how to plan programmes of engaging and innovative activities using sport and physical activity
  • understanding social barriers and personal motivations of customers to activate local communities
  • what constitutes an effective sport or physical activity programme and how to measure customer satisfaction
  • where to source and how to use customer insight to design sport and physical activity interventions – weekly coaching sessions, social skills groups, volunteering
  • funding for sport, physical activity, community regeneration, addressing antisocial behaviour and public health
  • using IT to monitor and evaluate programmes in order to measure impact and capture outcomes
  • understanding the causes, social determinants and distribution of health inequalities
  • understanding the importance of physical activity and healthy lifestyles; basic understanding of nutrition, fitness to work, regular daily activity and mental wellbeing
  • how sport and physical activity can be used to prevent, minimise and manage antisocial behaviour or low-level criminality
  • how to stimulate positive activities through using experiential play and animation across community assets, including how to adapt traditional forms of games and sports as well as utilizing fun and adventure to encourage positive interaction
  • the fundamental principles of safeguarding, child protection and working with vulnerable adults
  • the fundamental principles of first aid in a community sport environment.

Behaviours:

  • a strong work ethic including attention to detail, willingness to adapt to change, and time management
  • a positive attitude to work and act as a role model within their local community
  • ability to work individually and as a member of a team
  • truthful, sincere and trustworthy; can demonstrate integrity by doing the right thing; exhibits high levels of emotional intelligence
  • a willingness to learn and contribute to their own continuing professional development.

You will be taught, guided and assessed on the above topics over the duration of your Apprenticeship to prepare for your achievement. This will be done via tutor practical sessions and visits at the workplace from your designated assessor who will ensure you are competent in the job you are doing.

Entry requirements

To undertake this Apprenticeship, you will be required to undergo an assessment with the course tutor. This is nothing to worry about! The tutor will have a conversation with you in order to assess your employability skills and your willingness to learn. They will also want to find out about any prior knowledge you may have. The assessment may include a practical task and a short workbook of basic questions about the industry. If you do not already hold a GCSE at a grade 4-9 (A-C) or Functional Skills (level 1-2) in English and maths then you will be asked to complete a short assessment to determine what level you are currently working at. The results from this, combined with your tutor meeting, will ascertain whether we will be able to accept you onto an Apprenticeship and work with you to find an employer to begin your learning journey.

Assessments/Exams

In order to achieve your Apprenticeship you will need to complete an end-point assessment. The end-point assessment is the name given to a series of tests you must take to prove your ability to do the job you have been training for. These tests take place at the end of the Apprenticeship following a period of training and development.

This Apprenticeship has an expected duration of 16 months, however, this may vary depending on your readiness to sit the end-point assessment.

What's next?

This industry offers many ongoing career development opportunities to suit your own particular interests. Successful completion could lead to full-time employment and the chance to move into senior roles within the sector – leading teams of people or specialising with certain populations, particular sports or programmes.

Important information

By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessment procedure and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by supporting you to find the best-suited workplace.

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