Motivation for volunteers

Everyone benefits from on-going training.This year in Scotland, our annual main training day for volunteers and those who have gained a SQA accredited Level 2  coaching qualification through Dreamstore Academy was held on Saturday 22 March at Whitburn.

We had an update on child protection, provided by Cameron Denholm who works in the Scottish education sector (top picture).

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The principal presentation of the day was by Paul Connolly, a premier Sports Psychologist, on the huge topic of motivation.

Paul is a National Lead Tutor with SportsCoach UK, and a team member of the national talent coach Aspire/Inspire STRIVE programme as Coach Mentor. He has worked with Manchester City Football Club and Lancashire County Cricket. While he has worked with Premier League first teams he is also a FUNdamentals Tutor supporting the next generation of aspiring sportspersons.

Paul brought all that experience to our gathering and provided an insight into how to better engage people, and sustain that engagement, in recreational angling.  At the end of the session Paul was asked to present three quick key points on Motivation:

Paul mentioned the influence of Carol Dweck and her publications on ‘Mindset’ in respect of sport development. This video is a 45 minute presentation by Carol talking about teaching a growth mindset at Young People – how to help young persons’ development in a positive way:

Final presentation of the day was by Terry Yarnall, professional fundraiser, who provided a few tips on understanding the language used by funders and how you are best able to respond to the questions asked or information requested.

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The Dreamstore training days are important in helping to develop capacity in the voluntary sector, and helping individuals make more of their contribution to local activities. The Days are open to all partner organisations, those who have a relationship with Dreamstore, and all those who have completed the SQA Accredited Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Angling. This was another great day of ideas and exchange, and Dreamstore looks forward to the next training course in Scotland very soon.