Our first coaching Academy in Scotland has been a huge success, with around twenty participants gaining their Dreamstore Academy Level 2 Coaching Certificate with the SQA accredited course units. A number of others have a number of tasks to complete over the next few months and we look forward to them completing the course early in 2008.
There were 25 participants on this first course, held over three weekends at Heriot Watt University, Dumbartonshire and at the National Angling Centre, Loch Leven. The way in which the course has been developed means that participants included game, coarse and sea anglers.
Many of the participants are volunteers who were placed on the course by AFYD (Action For Youth Development), a voluntary body that works with young people to introduce them to angling and provide personal development through engagement in fishing activities and education courses. Dreamstore Academy is pleased to be able to support AFYD’s development by providing its volunteers with the coaching skills for working with people of all ages, especially young people.
We have learned a lot in delivering this course and will be applying new ideas and improvements to the course before our next course which is planned for early summer 2008.