AoC Sport Leadership Academy
The academy is the first over-arching volunteer programme which encompasses all the AoC Sport volunteering projects and also links volunteers with deployment opportunities with our partners.
The aim of the academy is to increase the number of students volunteering in sport and to diversify the volunteer workforce to better reflect society.
AoC Sport will work with partners the Youth Sport Trust and Sports Leaders on transition of volunteers that leave school to study at college.
By creating the academy, we plan to simplify the recruitment process and ensure we measure the impact being part of the leadership academy has on volunteers.
There will be a range of opportunities for students to become part of the academy in a variety of roles. The academy will incorporate previous volunteer roles including our successful This Girl Can ambassador programme, as well as new opportunities aimed at diversifying the volunteer workforce.
If you have any questions about the Leadership Academy please contact Kirstie.Hickson@aoc.co.uk.
Why should they get involved?
Volunteering has many benefits including meeting new people, developing new skills and improved wellbeing.
The Leadership Academy will provide unique volunteering opportunities at regional and national sports events.
In addition to this, for the first time, volunteers will have access to online training and support that will help them to continue volunteering within their college or local community and enhance their employability skills. The programme will also include training on a range of personal and professional development topics delivered by AoC Sport and partners.
“My experience at the University of Nottingham was amazing. Seeing lots of different talented individuals and meeting new people has been the highlight of my weekend. Volunteering with AoC Sport has given me many different opportunities that I wouldn’t have experienced otherwise. Volunteering has been the best thing that I could have done, I wouldn’t change it for anything.”
Vicky Osbourne, volunteer at the AoC Sport National Championships, and a student at Walsall College
Who can apply?
Volunteer roles are open to ANY student currently at college in England and they do not have to be studying a sport-related course.
The academy is aiming to diversify the volunteers to better reflect society and so we are encouraging applications from all curriculum areas and from under-represented groups.
How to get involved
AoC Sport Leaders
AoC Sport leaders will be recruited to volunteer at AoC Sport and partner events, including regional tournaments and National Championships – a three-day multi-sport event involving nearly 2000 students
Applications are on-going for these roles and registration can be done anytime with this survey.
This Girl Can Ambassadors
The This Girl Can Ambassadors will be tasked with raising awareness of the Sport England campaign as well as promoting and delivering new and existing college activities to try and encourage their female students to get active.
They will have the opportunity to access a minimum of nine online training sessions including: disability awareness, mental health, social media, media & design and safeguarding training to enhance their personal development.
They will also have access to a social networking platform which will link them to a national network of Ambassadors and provide them with direct support and guidance from their regional AoC Sport Development Officer.
The application process is now closed for this year and we have recruited 168 ambassadors.
ECFA Football Activators
Through our FA College Grassroots Hubs network, we have recruited more than 200 activators in colleges across the country to increase participation in football in their college and local community.
Working with StreetGames, we will deliver social action projects in some of the most deprived communities in the country. College students from lower socio-economic (LSEG) backgrounds will work alongside a StreetGames cluster or community provider to design and develop a community session for students and young people in their local area. Our aim is to create a youth-led sport and physical activity offer supported by the college.