Coach Parker is a new Sport England funded, joint initiative between Our Parks, UK Coaching and BUCS. It aims to bring higher education and community exercise together by providing a free accredited Level 2 qualification, enabling coaches to deliver outdoor exercise on campus and in local community and outdoor spaces.

How is the Coach Parker programme delivered?

Selected BUCS member institutions will act as delivery centres for the 1st4Sport Level 2 Coach Parker course to take place.  Each delivery centre will roll out a number of Coach Parker courses throughout the year and these will be available to their students and the wider community to access as a free qualification. Each course will consist of eLearning modules and a face to face practical and assessment day, delivered by a qualified tutor workforce.

Once qualified, the ‘Coach Parkers’ will be deployed in various ways to increase the provision of outdoor exercise within their communities, whether that is on campus or in their local community areas and green spaces.

How can you get involved?

There are a variety of ways that you can engage with the Coach Parker initiative.

Delivery centres

BUCS member institutions are invited to apply to become delivery centres for the Coach Parker qualifications. This will be a competitive process and institutions will submit an expression of interest in order to apply to become an accredited centre.

The Expression of Interest process will open on 6 May and close at 23:59 on 28 May.

Tutors

A tutor workforce will be recruited to deliver the Coach Parker qualification. Once qualified, the tutor will be able to access paid work to deliver at centres around the country. Tutors will be provided with CPD opportunities throughout the year and will have access to a network of Coach Parker tutors to share learnings and best practice.

Pre-requisites to become a Coach Parker tutor are as follows:

  • Hold a level 2 coaching qualification (or above)
  • Hold or be working towards a recognised teaching qualification

To become an assistant tutor you will require the following:

  • Hold a Level 2 coaching qualification (or above)

Tutor applications open on the 4 June 2021 and close on the 18 June 2021.

Coach Parkers

The most exciting part of the project is the opportunity to become a ‘Coach Parker’.

Coach Parkers are the driving force behind ‘Our Parks’ sessions. These are group based exercise classes that take place in an outdoor setting, providing a free and fun opportunity for a diverse range of people to get active in their communities.

Absolutely anyone can become a Coach Parker. You don’t need any previous experience of delivering activities, just an interest and drive to get more people in your community physically active. The Level 2 Coach Parker course will enable those who qualify, to deliver outdoor physical activity such as:

  • Outdoor group exercise circuits
  • Outdoor group exercise bootcamps
  • Outdoor group exercise HIIT sessions
  • Outdoor full body weight fitness sessions
  • General outdoor fitness sessions

More information on how to apply to become a Coach Parker will be released soon.

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