Club development officers make an impact and provide a sporting legacy

Leeds City Council have allocated 100 000 funding per annum into creating a sporting legacy in Leeds post 2012 Olympics, this funding is designated as “Inspire a Generation” funding.

Club Development have been accessing this funding with the aim of delivering targeted work into community sports clubs situated in the inner city wards of Leeds.
15 Clubs from around the city have benefited from the programme: Milford Marlins RL, Caribbean CC, East Leeds CC, West Leeds RFU, Rodley CC, Corinthians RFU, Chapeltown Netball Club, Leeds BMX, Leeds Roller Dolls, St Chads CC, Seacroft Colts JFC, Kirkstall Education CC, Bramley Phoenix RFU, Kippax Welfare Girls RL and Leeds Rowing Club.
The aim of this targeted club work is to raise participation, increase the quality and number of volunteers and improve facilities. This in turn enhances the quality of the opportunities the clubs can provide and supports their long term sustainability.
Each Club Development Officer (CDO) met with a club official to identify priority areas of work in the club, once agreed, the targets, delivery details and monitoring were framed in a development plan and a Service Level Agreement. The CDO’s then provided further 1 to 1 support to the club with delivery of the plan.
Each clubs individual development plan shows IAG funding directly supporting areas of development where there is no existing funding support; however CDOs have expanded the plans by identifying further support to the clubs through other existing opportunities such as LSF equipment grants, Sportivate & Kite Marking.
Headline Figures (based on completion of development plans April 2015)
• 15 Inner city clubs engaged with “live” development plans
• 68 Primary & 3 Secondary Schools receiving curriculum & extra curriculum coaching linked to and aimed at raising participation in the clubs.
• 5 Holiday Camps, 2 Open Days , 5 Sportivate applications promoting and raising participation in the clubs
• 6 Leeds Sports Federation equipment grants submitted
• 8 Clubs receiving support in gaining or retaining Clubmark
• 29 Volunteers taking Level 1 or 2 NGB coaching qualifications
• 51 Volunteers taking sport 1st Aid qualifications
• 27 Volunteers receiving Safeguarding training
• 8 Individual coaching bursaries for young people aged 17 -25 linked to clubs
• 2 Cycling Courses for club volunteers post TDF

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