CPD Workshop Sessions
Staff development is crucial to maintaining a professional top-class, motivated workforce. The 2015 Conference offered an excellent choice of informative CPD training workshops, with some of the best practice in Scotland on show:
WS1 Aiming Higher: Practical uses of physical activity research – sporting communities linking into academia
This workshop examined the outcomes of current academic research into physical activity and how sports development can apply the learning in a practical context. Research for discussion in the workshop included: studies into high-intensity exercise within physical education, measuring activity accurately in children, and family intervention projects for increasing infant physical activity. Community sport as a piece of the jigsaw was also examined and included evidence of the benefits to older women curling.
At the Monday workshop additional research was discussed with a researcher on physical activity and school attainment. Both workshops included discussion on some of the underlying mechanisms and tools for implementing these academic findings.
WS2 Developing a Successful Community Club – what if no-one turns up?
This insightful workshop took delegates through the story of how a group of parents, with no experience of running a sports club, turned a small rural cricket team into an internationally recognised and award winning community club. It detailed the ups and downs of club development from the parents’ and helpers’ perspectives. While the focus was a cricket club, the messages and challenges are common for many community sports clubs.
The workshop included an examination of the lessons learned from the experience and how these can be applied in other contexts. The delegates left the session with tools to help them to better support clubs and a greater understanding of what can be achieved with a bit of effort, luck and planning.
WS3 Engaging with Confidence: The challenges and opportunities for sports clubs in engaging the wider community in their activities
This interactive workshop was delivered by the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) and took participants through the ‘journey’ of community engagement from first principles to practical actions. The workshop helped participants to understand the why, the what and the how of community engagement and what this means for them at a practical level. There was maximum opportunity for participants to contribute their own views, opinions and experiences as well as to learn about tools, frameworks and methods that can help in their day to day practice.
WS4 Taking Advantage of Current Funding Opportunities
This workshop provided attendees with information on sportscotland’s application based funding programmes; the processes and the criteria, sustainability resources and the technical advice available. The session explored new opportunities for accessing additional funding streams. Attendees benefited from input on the requirements for successfully accessing such alternative funding streams as well as the potential opportunities for joint working with development organisations.
WS5 Grand Designs: Exploring the legal requirements of a club structure, governance and supporting community club facility management/ ownership
This workshop explored the legal requirements for club committees running a sports club (club legal status / liability) while also identifying where sports development staff can help. It looked at elements of club structure; including the pros and cons of SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations).
In addition, there was a practical example of an organisation that has taken management of a facility, which outlined their experiences of developing facilities.
WS6 Secondary School to Student Sport – the forgotten transition period
This workshop looked at the opportunities and challenges in creating smooth transitions from school into further and higher education.
While it is well known that young people’s participation levels tend to drop off after school, the transition to student sport has rarely been the subject of a concerted collaborative effort across the industry.
This session, led by Scottish Student Sport, highlighted some emerging examples of good practice, explored the benefits of a joined-up approach, developed ideas for the future and suggested how the learning can be applied in your organisation.