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Details on the qualifications and future courses are available below.
1st 4Sport Level 1 Award for Activators (Wheelchair Rugby)
This qualification is a 1 day course and covers the following topic areas:
- Role & responsibilities
- Session organization
- Wheelchair rugby Health & Safety
- Session facilitation
- Wheelchair practical activity
Workbooks for the coaching course are provided in electronic and hard copy and all work will be completed on the day of the course. Learners will also need access to a rugby wheelchair for the course; you can notify GBWR if you do not have a rugby wheelchair to use.
The first half of the course is predominantly theory based and learners will be expected to contribute to group work and complete the written tasks in the classroom. There is also a practical afternoon session, during this part of the course learners are required to take an active part in the sessions as players and as an activator.
Learners will be required to complete 5 written tasks in their workbooks on the course. Learners will also be required to deliver an activator’s practical session to the rest of the group.
Pre-requisites to attend the course
To attend the Activators course you will need to:
- be accurately identified
- be at least 14 years of age*
- hold or be working towards an accepted safeguarding workshop certificate
- be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing)**
Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)
Any learners who already hold a recognised Level 2 coaching qualification or a teaching qualification can be exempt from the generic elements of the course and just complete the wheelchair rugby elements.
Learners asking for exemption due to RPL must be able to provide the tutor with copies of all qualification certificates; these certificates must be valid and in date. If a learner with RPL is attending a course with other learners without an exemption, they will still be expected to contribute and participate in the full course. There is no course fee discount for learners with RPL.
* Any learner who successfully achieves this qualification will not be qualified to fulfil the activator role autonomously until they have reached 18 years of age.
** Learners must be able to understand the requirements of the qualification and the information within the qualification materials in English without assistance. Where there is demand, this qualification may also be available in Welsh or Irish.
1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Wheelchair Rugby (QCF)
The Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Wheelchair Rugby is a 4 day course over 2 weekends and covers the following topic areas:
- The learning process
- Role & responsibilities
- Coaching process
- Planning coaching sessions
- Coaching younger players
- Coaching different impairment groups
- Nutrition & drug awareness
- Delivering effective practice
- Practical delivery
Learners will be required to take an active part of all 4 days of the course.
Workbooks for the coaching course are provided in electronic and hard copy, but all work will be submitted electronically. Learners will have access to the printed copies, but it is beneficial to have access to the electronic copy via a tablet or laptop during the course. Learners will need access to a rugby wheelchair for the course; please notify GBWR if you do not have a rugby wheelchair to use.
Days 1 & 2 of the course are predominantly theory based and will take place in a classroom. There are also 2 practical afternoon sessions during this part of the course; learners are required to take an active part in these sessions as players and coaches.
Learners will be required to complete 4 written tasks in their own time between the two course weekends. Learners will also be required to plan, document and deliver 4 linked progressive, coaching sessions in a club environment, between the two course weekends.
Days 3 & 4 of the course are completely practical based, where leaners will be required to coach as well as be players for other candidates’ coaching sessions. Learners will be required to deliver pre-planned coaching sessions and be assessed during this part of the course.
Pre-Requisites to attend the course
To attend the Level 2 course you will need the following:
- Learners will be at least 18 years of age
- Learners will have a 1st4Sport Level 2 Qualification in an invasion game and have attended the GBWR Safe Session training course or Level 1 Activators (Wheelchair Rugby) course, or
- have at least 2 years wheelchair rugby playing experience, in a recognised GBWR club, or
- have been actively and regularly volunteering in wheelchair rugby in a coaching/coach assisting capacity, for at least 2 years in a recognised GBWR club
- Learners will be able to communicate effectively in English
- Learners will be appropriately identified
Candidates are required to have a current SportsCoach UK Safeguarding certificate or will be required to attend the SportsCoach UK safeguarding workshop, before Level 2 certification.
The previously advertised Level 1 Award for Activators course, 20 July in Leicester, has been postponed and a rescheduled date will be announced shortly.
Our next course for a Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Wheelchair Rugby will be held across 14/15 September and 16/17 November in Gloucester – this course is now fully booked, however if enough additional interest is received we will investigate the possibility of holding a second Level 2 course this year.
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