Working in Partnership with Sport Cheshire
‘A Guide to Mentoring Sports Coaches’
Sport Cheshire aims to inspire a world leading community sport system locally. They want to make participation in sport and physical activity a regular habit for many more people and ensure the delivery of opportunities in the ways and places that people want.
Along with four other county sports partnerships (CSPs) they were involved with the North West Mentoring Scheme, which supports the development of newly qualified coaches through one-to-one mentoring. The scheme aims to provide any Level 1 coach, who is looking to progress, with access to a free mentoring session.
As part of the scheme, Sport Cheshire selected relevant coaches with a Level 2 or 3 qualification to attend the ‘A Guide to Mentoring Sports Coaches’ workshop to help them understand their role within the project.
They viewed the workshop as ideal for preparing the mentors for the scheme. What’s more, they were really pleased that they were able to work with the tutor to add additional time to the workshop that enabled them to cover the specifics of the North West Mentoring Scheme. The workshop was challenging enough for the 30 attendees, six of whom were from the county, and also offered a variety of theory and practice.
The workshop had a wide impact. The six attendees from the Sport Cheshire region went on to provide mentoring to over 30 Level 1 coaches over a period of twelve months. The mentors were able to use the information and skills acquired in the workshop to help the new coaches complete personal development and action plans, which will enable them to develop further. It allowed Sport Cheshire to provide a personal service to the coaches, which is a key aim of their organisation.
‘We would recommend “A Guide to Mentoring Sports Coaches” to those running a similar project. It’s really important that mentors have the time to understand how mentoring works and this workshop does that and gives them the tools to support the new coaches with a personal yet structured approach.’
Rob Burchell, Partnership Manager (People), Sport Cheshire