Sports Plus Scheme Ltd.

A Family Business established in the West Midlands in 2001, Sports Plus Scheme Ltd is a High Quality provider of Sports Coaching & Physical Education Support to Primary Schools. Working with Hundreds of Primary Schools across the UK with a huge network of partners and sports coaches.

Sector : Sport, Leisure & Tourism

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Where is your business based?

Cannock, Staffordshire. We Deliver Provision to Primary Schools across the West Midlands & Staffordshire.

What is your name?

Andy Mulligan

What is your role within the business?

Chief Executive

What does your business do?

Sports Coaching & Physical Activity for Primary Schools & Nurseries

What is special about your business - what makes it a great place to work?

We Promote and Improve the Health & Fitness of all Children that take part in Our Provision. We are Role Models for Children and have the attitude to Go The Extra Mile. We Offer a Range of Fun Sports & Activities for all Children

How many people do you employ?

N/A

What skills and qualities do you look for in new employees? Why should people look at jobs in this sector?

We are looking for Motivated and Driven Staff that would like to gain further experience in the Sports Coaching Sector and work within Primary Schools.

What other job roles do you have in your business?

Administrator/Office Roles Franchisee Opportunities Management Opportunities Trainee Sports Coach

How do I apply for opportunities?

Visit The Sports Plus Scheme Website "sportsplusscheme.com" You Can Send Your CV with Introduction Email to recruitment@sportsplusscheme.com

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Dan Coleman

Job role: Education

Describe what you do in your job. What is a typical day like?

Deliver PE curriculum across a number of schools to primary school children. Typical day consists of two/three PE sessions in the morning followed by a lunchtime club. The afternoon is usually 1 or 2 classes of PE depending on what the school require, can change and vary from time to time. When school finishes, usually an after school club to run until half past four. This club is usually decided by the school and can vary from football to dance to badminton.

Was this your first job? What other jobs or work experience have you had?

This isn’t my first job as I have worked for other coaching companies, had my own coaching company and been head of PE in two primary schools.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

Applied for a job through indeed, attended a practical interview and formal one too. Started out just covering towards the end of school year and working holiday camps, then due to schools requesting myself to return, obtained and kept my own schools for the academic year.

What is great about your job? What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy the meeting new faces and watching the children learn and grow with their knowledge and skill sets for different sports. I also really enjoy the hours and coaches I work alongside.

What training do you get at work to help you do your job role?

Sports Plus are very good for providing regular training courses, seminars to attend and advice whenever needed.

What skills are required to do your job?

You need to be friendly, approachable, fun, inventive, good communication and lively personality. Without these key aspects, the job would be very hard to enjoy or persist with.

What role-specific qualifications do you think are needed to do your job?

Minimum of level two qualification in a sport, first aid and safeguarding. Anything extra is a bonus!

Name the top three skills needed for your job

Good communication Flexibility Enthusiasm

What was the highest level of qualification you needed from school, college or university to do your role?

  • Level 2 - GCSE grades D-G (Level 1-3); Btec L1 Diploma, Certificate, Award: NVQ 1; Intermediate 1 General Standard Grade; SVQ1.

What subject options (curriculum subjects) would you recommend someone chooses to do your role?

  • Education, Childhood and Youth
  • Health and Social Care
  • Health and Wellbeing

What is your personality type?

  • Entertainer - Energetic and enthusiastic people - life is never boring around them.

Do you have any interests that complement your job role?

  • music
  • athletics
  • badminton
  • baseball/rounders
  • basketball/netball
  • bmx
  • cricket
  • football
  • gym
  • running
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling

How many years of experience do you need to do your job?

  • 1 - 2 years experience

How much can you earn in your job?

  • £20,000 – £30,000
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Tom Parsons

Job role: Sport

Describe what you do in your job. What is a typical day like?

On a typical day within my role, I spend an hour a day conducting my own lunch club where I provide various activities for the children of all years throughout the school. This is something which is really helping me to build experience. In the afternoons, I attend observations alongside senior coaches in PE lessons, this is where I observe and learn, however the coaches I observe get me involved as much as possible to the point where I am beginning to conduct sessions.

Was this your first job? What other jobs or work experience have you had?

This was my first job in the world of sports coaching as I was new to this sector, however it was something that was always part of my plan to get involved with. Previously, I worked in a gym as a receptionist where I ran social media, communicated with members and conducted trial sessions for potential joiners. As well as this, I had job experience working in schools as an assistant helping children who may struggle in some areas, giving them guidance in lessons.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

We had a manager attend our college to explain how the job worked and all the information we needed to know to try and apply for the job. To apply, I first sent my CV to be reviewed by the company. This was then followed with a telephone interview and I was then scheduled a practical interview where I needed to conduct a session for 6-11 year old children to demonstrate I could coach. Once that was completed, I took part in a Dodgeball coaching course and completed Safeguarding, Epipen, Prevent and First Aid in order to be in my current role.

What is great about your job? What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

The part of the job I enjoy the most is being creative and helping children to enjoy PE lessons in school, a main area which I really enjoy about my job is seeing children who may not normally join in with PE taking part and having fun as this shows as a coach that your session is successful. The job is great and sport is something I have loved my whole life so being able to teach and help children develop these skills is amazing.

What training do you get at work to help you do your job role?

To help obtain my job role, I first completed a coaching course within Dodgeball, this gave me the qualifications I need to get involved with coaching. This year I hope to follow this up by obtaining my football and goalkeeping coaching badges also. Once this had been obtained I then had to complete Safeguarding, Epipen, Prevent and First Aid, these are all needed in order to complete my job role.

What skills are required to do your job?

I believe a main skill which is needed is being a good communicator and being able to adjust your personality to suit different age groups. For example if your working with younger children you will communicate different to older children. This will be needed to explain sessions, help talk to children and make the lessons interesting. Another major skill which is needed is patience, patience is key as not everything is always going to go well or be understood. So patience is a crucial skill which will be needed in order to be successful so that when a problem occurs in a session I am able to solve this as a coach and change the session.

What role-specific qualifications do you think are needed to do your job?

In order to become a Sports Coach, you will need a coaching qualification as this allows you to conduct sessions in schools. When I arrived at the company I completed a Dodgeball coaching qualification so that I could coach within schools. I believe a sport qualification helps in this as well, I completed a level 3 BTEC Sport which I believed help me in my role to plan sessions and I’d understand sessions for different sports.

Name the top three skills needed for your job

The key skill which I have mentioned is to be a good communicator you must be able to differentiate how you speak to different age groups while coaching. This means changing pitch and they way explanation is put across, this is used when explaining sessions, talking to pupils and gaining attention. Patience is also another area which this skill is crucial as children of this younger age may not always understand or cooperate so it is important to have this patience to allow if problems occur during sessions for new sessions to be created or changed, or help to be given to pupils who may be struggling. Finally the last skill which is needed is to be creative, creativity is key as this will help make sessions interesting and different from what is usually conducted, this will help make sessions interesting for pupils and help to keep their attention and get them involved in the sessions.

What was the highest level of qualification you needed from school, college or university to do your role?

  • Level 3 - GCSE grades A*-C (Level 4-9); Btec First Diploma, Certificate, Award; NVQ 2; Intermediate 2 Credit Standard Grade; SVQ 2.

What subject options (curriculum subjects) would you recommend someone chooses to do your role?

  • Health and Wellbeing

What is your personality type?

  • Entrepreneur - Smart, energetic and very wise people, who truly enjoy living on the edge.

Do you have any interests that complement your job role?

  • football

How many years of experience do you need to do your job?

  • No experience

How much can you earn in your job?

  • £20,000 – £30,000

Job Opportunity : Sports Coach

We are currently looking to recruit a New Sports Coach in the West Mildands to help with increased demand from our schools. We are seeking individuals who are highly motivated and looking to gain vital experience to support their career in the future. The role will involve assisting the delivery of Sports Coaching Sessions to Primary School Children during Lunch Time Clubs and After School. The Minimum Entry Requirements for this role is a Clear Enhanced DBS, First Aid Certificate, Safeguarding Certificate and Previous Experience in a Sports Coaching Sector. If Successful, you will gain experience of working alongside experienced Sports Coaches for CPD and gain additional Experience and Qualifications. To learn more or apply, please visit https://www.sportsplusscheme.com or Send your CV and Covering Letter to recruitment@sportsplusscheme.com.